It’s official: Your TV isn’t as big as Samsung’s “The Wall” television.
Unless you own a movie theatre, perhaps? But you probably don’t.
This hulking 146-inch TV isn’t just huge – it’s also sporting a fancy display technology known as microLED, which Samsung says is at the heart of “the screen of the future.”
So what’s the big deal? Here’s what we know.
At 146 inches, it’s absolutely, <em>ridiculously</em> huge.
Samsung isn’t calling this thing “The Wall” for nothing. At 146 inches, it’s more than double the size of most home sets. As someone who recently purchased a 55-inch TV, I have a hard time fathoming how much larger a 146-inch one is.
The image above, released by Samsung, doesn’t do the size of this screen justice. It’s literally a whole wall.
More than just super big, Samsung’s TV is a showcase for a new type of display tech from the South Korean company, which it calls modular microLED technology.
“Modular microLED” sounds like a bunch of nonsense jargon, right? It’s pretty much exactly that. Here’s a simple breakdown of these new buzzwords.
MicroLED, in the case of this TV, means “it is a self-emitting TV with micrometre-scale LEDs – which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light,” Samsung says.
What that means for the average human is that the TV doesn’t need a backlight.
Modular means that anyone buying The Wall can customise it.
“The screen can adapt to serve different purposes,” Samsung says, “such as creating a wall-size display for multiple spaces.”
Put more simply, it means you could customise this set to be even larger (or smaller) than 146 inches, though the version Samsung is releasing this year is the 146-inch variety.
The Wall has no price or a release date just yet. But let’s not kid ourselves: This thing is going to cost a ton of cash.
Considering the size, the pedigree of the company behind it, and the new technology it’s using, The Wall is going to cost a lot of money. Like, a lot of money – think tens of thousands of dollars.
But that’s just our best guess. Samsung hasn’t provided an official price for The Wall, and there’s no launch date or window either. A press event scheduled for March is said to offer more details on the massive TV, though, so stay tuned.