Samsung is releasing a new version of The Wall, its massive modular MicroLED display. Measuring in at over 1,000 inches in size, the new IWA Series display. It is aimed at businesses and commercial applications rather than homes, and Samsung’s promotional images showcase it being used as a huge display in a retail environment. The display is available in select markets.
Improvements for this year’s display include LEDs that are up to 40% smaller than last year, which Samsung says should lead to higher contrast and better color uniformity. The purity of The Wall’s colors has also been improved over the 2020 model, and Samsung boasts that it’s got a new AI processor that further improves picture quality and contrast, and removes noise. Docking connections have an improved, wireless design, and the display’s depth has been cut in half.
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 several configurations, including an ultrawide 15,360 x 2,160 16K resolution. Samsung said that the new 2021 model can be arranged to be concave, convex, or installed in other positions like being hung, mounted to a ceiling, or installed in the shape of an L.
The new IWA Series of The Wall is Samsung’s latest display to use its MicroLED technology, which depends on an array of self-emissive LEDs to create its image, rather than an LCD layer like most traditional TVs. It means that the panels can create better black levels by turning off pixels entirely, similar to the effect you’ll see from an OLED TV but without OLED’s traditional limitations like the risk of burn-in and lower peak brightness than LCD panels. The company said that its latest version of Wall has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits, while the best of LG’s OLEDs still peak at under 1,000.