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Bigger screens, boosted performance: Standout TVs from CES 2018

13 January 2018

Agility is clearly a running theme among the TV giants this year - Samsung's own wow-factor CES TV reveal was The Wall, a huge 146-inch display that is modular. 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.

Sony's LSPX-A1 Projector could sting your pocket when it is released shortly with a price tag of $US30,000, but the coffee table-shaped machine can create a 120-inch projection, and features six speakers, including two glass tubes which act as tweeters for clear sound.

Finally, Sony was also keen to show off its 8K developments, with an as yet unnamed 8K TV.

The annual CES tech conference is often filled with vapourware announcements - take a look at Razer's Project Linda for instance - but Samsung's latest TV tech is something that urgently needs to make an appearance on the high street, no matter how long it takes. Well, first and foremost, there's something called Modular microLED.

While voice assistants may not be as flashy as a TV the size of a wall, they are a useful feature for consumers, according to Forrester's Nail. While that phrase sounds like typical PR/marketing hyperbole, we are actually inclined to trust Samsung's diagnosis in this case.

It says the device is its first-ever MicroLED television for consumers. These smaller than normal LEDs provide the background lighting separately for each pixel, unlike in traditional LED backlit LCD TVs.

Antonio Villas-Boas  Business Insider
Antonio Villas-Boas Business Insider

However, unlike OLED, the Micro LED tech of the gargantuan Wall TV doesn't have quite so many limitations on peak brightness.

Other key specs of "The Wall" include a full HDR support package with inclusion of full DCI-P3 wide color gamut and some essentially flawless contrast, with total black levels where needed alongside spectacularly high peak brightness as we'd mentioned above. Even today's best OLED 4K TVs can't reach even half of that so far.

Blackberry is going to wait for Mobile World Congress to launch their new Android powered smartphones but they did unveil a new color for their existing model.

This MicroLED technology is said to be a better alternative to OLED because it offers both deep blacks and bright highlights.

The TVs design aims to optimize space utilization allowing the massive screen to be packed and conveniently stored away when not in use.

Samsung is planning another press event in March, where more details about The Wall will be given.

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Bigger screens, boosted performance: Standout TVs from CES 2018