Why Samsung’s Micro LED will make us forget about OLEDs

Why Samsung's Micro LED will make us forget about OLEDs

Micro LED is often confused with Mini LED and OLED, but this display technology is different. We take advantage of the IFA to see the latest Micro LED TVs that are now available in five sizes, including a 76-inch format.

Micro LED has been talked about for years at international fairs. Why does this technology fascinate technophiles? In short, it is self-emissive like OLED (the pixels produce their own light), the peak brightness is very high (one of the weak points of OLED), the response time is less than a microsecond, and finally the resistance and the shelf life are important.

Forget OLED

Well, that’s the theory. We had the opportunity to see Samsung’s latest Micro LED televisions at IFA, whose format 76 inches which is closer to a diagonal size that you can install in your living room. This, therefore, makes it possible to imagine installing a Micro LED television at home… and this invites us to compare the experience with that of an OLED television that we now find everywhere.

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You don’t see any borders!

There is the theory and there is also what one feels when one is in front of such a screen. Is awesome. We better understand why all the experts predict that Micro LED will be the display technology of tomorrow. It combines the advantages of OLED technology with that of conventional LED LCD TVs. Specifically, colors are rich, brightness is impressive, and contrast is deep. But what caught our attention was the ability of this panel to not reflect any light.

It’s simple, the viewing angles are just perfect. It’s even more impressive that, unlike OLED, we don’t suffer from any reflections here. Finally, “almost», in the sense that we even managed to place an LED flash 5 centimeters from the screen.

25 million subpixels for 4K, 100 million for 8K

Plus, everything looks extremely thin and sharp to us. What you really see is 25 million tiny LEDs to form a panel in 4K definition, all of these LEDs are perfectly aligned and carefully calibrated.

Apparently, from the exchanges I’ve been able to have, it’s extremely difficult to get mass production. When you imagine that the same size 8K resolution panel requires even smaller LED sub-pixels, and 100 million LED sub-pixels. We understand the development difficulty posed by Micro LED for Samsung.

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Samsung also explains that this Micro LED TV would have a brightness as high as LED LCD. We are talking here about a brightness of up to 4000 nits, four times more than the best OLED panels. Currently, the Micro LED panels sold would still be far from reaching the level of brightness of LCD LED panels, but they do better than OLEDs.

Another key technical feature of Micro LEDs is their inorganic nature, which gives them a longer and more consistent lifespan than OLEDs. Obviously, we cannot observe it at the Samsung stand. In any case, the Korean manufacturer claims that its Micro LED plates will last 100,000 hours, that is, more than 11 years of continuous use.

They are also said to be very energy efficient, at least in part because they don’t need to be illuminated through a color filter. The light from the LEDs hits the eyes directly, so it’s brighter with less effort.

Future-ready technology

Until now, these screens were gigantic, rather dedicated to the world of professional audiovisual, and above all very very very expensive. The 99-inch version marketed at Fnac is overvalued, count the 1-inch version at 1,000 euros… and therefore it is around 100 or 150,000 euros for a television. It is unattainable.

Therefore, it will take several years to wait to buy a Micro LED display. But, after seeing this 76-inch TV, we can say that this technology has it all, and it will probably make us forget about OLEDs.


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