Samsung Unveil 146-inch Modular 4K TV in Las Vegas

  • Samsung Unveil 146-inch Modular 4K TV in Las Vegas

Samsung Unveil 146-inch Modular 4K TV in Las Vegas

At least that's true when talking about Samsung's new Q9S TV that will convert anything - even SD content - into eye-watering 8K resolution. While we were shown "The Wall", a 146-inch MicroLED prototype TV, regular LCD, or more specifically, QLED TVs were missing, instead waiting until March to see the light of day. However, Samsung's new upscaling solution uses artificial intelligence to make the results much more believable, not to mention enjoyable.

Other TVs also have voice control features. Among them was Sony's $30,000 4K projector capable of projecting a 120-inch HDR image on a wall.

So what do we know?

The incredible video experience, featuring impactful natural wonders such as a forest, glacier, waterfall and blizzard, is further enhanced by immersive Dolby Atmos audio, which also is included in 2018 LG OLED TVs for the consumer market. We were told as the 2017 year ended, by none other than IHS Markit, that OELD TVs had shipped 133% ahead of last year's figures - not much of a leap really, from an already low figure.

All of that screen real estate would be for nought if the TV's display quality wasn't up to scratch. Samsung hasn't announced if there will be any other sizes available, but it hasn't dropped the possibility, either.

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Antonio Villas-Boas Business Insider

We covered this subject recently in a post on the future of QLED technology (essentially another name for the micro LED tech of "The Wall" TV) and discussed how it might advance enough to replace OLED or conventional LCD displays to become the dominant type of display for most near-future TVs. They're flat black rectangles you tend to forget about when a show or movie starts playing.

How is it up-converting content to 8K?

Samsung says that the same old technology won't work with 8K anymore, and that's where AI comes in.

According to Samsung, the TV recognizes objects in the image, and then finds ways to restore the edges, create jagged-free images, reduce noise and retain details of the original image. This TV has a modular design since it's made up of smaller borderless displays, all of which are interchangeable.

Alas, as The Wall is still very much at an early concept stage, there's no official word yet on United Kingdom pricing or a release date.