New versions of The Wall, Samsung’s massive modular MicroLED display, are now available for purchase. The new “IWA Series” display, which measures more than 1,000 inches in length and width, is aimed at businesses and commercial applications rather than homes, and Samsung’s promotional images show it being used as a massive display in a retail environment. The display will be available in “select markets” starting today, according to Samsung’s press release, which does not provide a price.
LEDs in this year’s display are up to 40 percent smaller than those in last year’s model, according to Samsung, which should result in higher contrast and better colour uniformity, according to the company. The purity of The Wall’s colours has also been improved over the previous model, and Samsung boasts that it has a new artificial intelligence processor that improves picture quality and contrast even further, as well as eliminating noise. The docking connections have been upgraded to a wireless design, and the depth of the display has been reduced by half.
The display has an 8K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, and because it is composed of modular panels, it can be configured in a variety of ways, including an ultrawide 15,360 x 2,160 16K resolution. In addition to being concave or convex in shape, the new 2021 model can be installed in other positions such as hanging from a ceiling or installed in the shape of a “L,” according to Samsung.
The new IWA Series of The Wall is Samsung’s latest display to make use of the company’s MicroLED technology, which generates images through an array of self-emissive LEDs rather than an LCD layer, as is the case with most traditional televisions. Because of this, the panels can achieve better black levels by completely turning off pixels, similar to the effect you’ll see on an OLED TV, but without the traditional limitations of OLED technology, such as the risk of burn-in and a lower peak brightness than conventional LCD panels. Samsung claims that its latest version of The Wall has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits, whereas the best of LG’s OLEDs still only reach a maximum brightness of less than 1,000 nits.
Even as Samsung attempts to sell massive MicroLED displays to commercial customers through The Wall, the company has begun to incorporate the technology into traditional-sized televisions for the general public. It announced a 110-inch MicroLED TV at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and later expanded the range to include models ranging from 76 to 99 inches. Even though these are still enormous televisions, they should be able to be mounted on a wall in your home, unlike Samsung’s monstrous 1000-inch monster.