Samsung releases a new version of The Wall, with its massive modular MicroLED display. The new IWA series monitor is over 1,000 inches in size and is designed for businesses and commercial applications rather than homes, and Samsung’s advertising images show that it is being used as a huge monitor in a retail environment. The monitor is available in some markets today, but there is no public price in Samsung’s press release.
This year’s display enhancements include LEDs that are up to 40 percent smaller than last year, which Samsung says should lead to higher contrast and better color uniformity. The Wall’s color clarity has also been improved over the 2020 model, and Samsung prides itself on having a new artificial intelligence processor that further improves image quality and contrast, as well as eliminates noise. Docking connections have an improved wireless design and the screen depth is halved.
The display has 8K resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and because it consists of modular panels, it can be arranged in several different configurations, including an ultra-wide 15,360 x 2160 16K resolution. According to Samsung, the new 2021 model can be arranged concave, convex or mounted in other positions, such as hanging, ceiling-mounted or L-shaped.
The new wall IWA series is Samsung’s latest display that uses its MicroLED technology, which uses a set of self-stunning LED lights that make up the image itself, rather than an LCD layer like most traditional TVs. That means panels can create better levels of black by turning off pixels completely, a similar effect as an OLED TV, but without traditional OLED limitations such as the risk of burns and lower peak brightness than LCD panels. According to Samsung, the peak brightness of the latest version of The Wall is 1,600 staples, while LG’s best OLED models still peak at less than 1,000.
While The Wall is an attempt to sell massive MicroLED displays to commercial customers, Samsung has also begun incorporating the technology into traditional-sized TVs for all of us. At this year’s CES, it announced a 110-inch MicroLED television, and later it expanded this area 76-99 inch models. These are still massive TVs, but they should at least fit on the wall of your house, unlike Samsung’s huge 1000-inch monster.