Samsung releases a new version of The Wall, its huge modular MicroLED display. Measuring over 1,000 inches in size, the new “IWA Series” display is aimed more at businesses and commercial applications than homes, and Samsung’s promotional images show it being used as a massive display in a retail environment. The screen is available in “select markets” from today, but Samsung’s press release does not mention a price.
Improvements to this year’s display 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 color purity of The Wall has also been improved over the 2020 model, and Samsung boasts that it has a new AI processor that further improves image quality, contrast and removes noise. Docking connections have an improved wireless design and the screen depth has been halved.
The display has an 8K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, and because it’s made up of modular panels, it can be arranged in a number of different configurations, including an ultra-wide 15,360 x 2,160 16K resolution. Samsung says the new 2021 model can be set up to be installed concave, convex or in other positions, such as suspended, on a ceiling or in an “L” shape.
The Wall’s new IWA series is Samsung’s latest display to use its MicroLED technology, which uses a series of self-emitting LEDs to create its image, rather than an LCD layer like most traditional TVs. It means the panels can create better black levels by completely turning off pixels, similar to the effect you see from an OLED TV, but without the traditional limitations of OLED, such as the risk of burn-in and lower peak brightness than LCD panels. Samsung says the latest version of The Wall has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits, while LG’s best OLEDs still peak below 1,000.
While The Wall is an attempt to sell huge MicroLED displays to commercial customers, Samsung has also started incorporating the technology into traditional TVs for the rest of us. At this year’s CES, it announced a 110-inch MicroLED TV, and later expanded this range to accommodate models from 76 to 99 inches. These are certainly still huge TVs, but at least they should fit on a wall in your home, unlike Samsung’s hulking 1000-inch monster.