IFA 2018: Samsung to unveil 8K TV – LG to showcase 175" microLED TV

23 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

Samsung has started putting up billboards to tease its first “QLED 8K” that will be unveiled at IFA 2018 in Berlin. Korean media are reporting that LG will showcase the "world’s largest" microLED TV at 175 inches.

Samsung 8K LCD TV

At CES in January 2018, Samsung showcased a prototype of its first 8K LCD TV. The so-called Q9S measured 85 inches in diagonal and used a novel “Micro Full Array” (MFA) mechanism to control the backlight behind the LCD panel.

The company has now started putting up billboards in Berlin ahead of the IFA 2018 show later this month. The billboard reads “QLED 8K - Prepare to be amazed at IFA”. A picture of the billboard was posted on twitter by user Léo D earlier this month.

8K resolution – or 7680x4320 pixels – has four times as many pixels as 4K resolution. To fully enjoy 8K resolution, you will need a very large screen – and 8K content. Judging from the picture, the TV looks relatively thick, which may suggest that it employs a full array local dimming LED backlight behind the LCD panel. Samsung may go ahead and launch the 85-inch Q9S at IFA but we will have to wait another week or so to find out.

Samsung 8K QLEDPhoto: Léo D, twitter

LG 175-inch microLED

The Korea Herald is reporting that LG Electronics – the consumer electronics division – is expected to showcase “the world’s largest micro LED TV at the IFA electronics trade show”. The prototype is expected to be around 175-inches in diagonal.

You may recall that Samsung announced its 146-inch ‘The Wall’ at CES earlier this year. The Wall is based on microLED technology and modules that can be combined to form a larger display with almost invisible seams. In February 2018, it was reported that LG’s vice chairman had commanded the TV business unit to “prepare micro-LED TVs larger than Samsung Electronics'”.

Also read: An introduction to MicroLED; a new self-emitting display technology

The report also said that LG's microLED TV “will be thinner than the 80-millimeter Samsung TV”, referring to The Wall. Samsung is planning to launch a 30-mm thick consumer version next year.

LG declined to comment specifically on the plans but confirmed that they have indeed been conducting research into the new display technology that may emerge as a competitor to OLED in the near future.

- “It is true that the company has been conducting R&D projects for micro LED TV technology,” an LG spokesperson said to The Korean Herald.

IFA 2018 will officially kick off next week on August 31. FlatpanelsHD will be attending the show in Berlin.

- Source: twitter, The Korea Herald

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