Samsung to Make a Consumer Friendly Mini LED TV
July 30, 2018
Samsung announced its intention to bring its MicroLED (Mini LED) television technology to the consumer market next year and Han Jong-hee, President of Samsung’s visual display business announced that the panels will be even thinner, at 30mm, which is less than half the thickness of the “The Wall”, which was 80mm thick. The 80mm version will go on sale this August in commercial and business markets, with mass manufacturing expected in September. Then, in 2019, Samsung will launch the thinner 30mm version explicitly intended for home markets. A 73-inch version may also come to market at a later date.
The problem with MicroLEDs right now is that they’re extremely difficult to manufacture. Samsung’s push into MicroLEDs is a consequence of the company’s OLED decisions. Unlike LG, Samsung has decided against commercializing OLED, in favor of its Quantum LEDs — but QLEDs aren’t really considered to be a fair match for OLED, despite the cost of the rival tech. MicroLEDs have lower latency compared with conventional LCDs, higher contrast ratios, better color saturation, and better overall efficiency. But all of this talk of commercialization depends on the idea that the manufacturing and yield problems that have plagued MicroLEDs can be readily resolved. Every single discussion of MicroLEDs invariably turns to questions of yield and whether methods of improving it can be quickly commercialized. No such methods have been publicly disclosed to date. Also, Samsung doesn’t want to call it a TV. Han Jong-hee prefers the term “modular display,” saying, “Consumers will be able to do anything they want with displays or screens that they feel comfortable with, just like mobile displays.
Meanwhile, Samsung Display is continuing its efforts to print OLED panels with and without QDs as a competitive technology to the efforts of Samsung Visual Display business