MicroLED TV

MicroLED technology is a next-generation emissive display technology that promises highly efficient and bright displays that offer superior image quality with infinite contrast and a wide color gamut.

MicroLED can be applied to displays of many kinds - from small displays for smartwatches and AR devices to large-area TV displays.

Tiled MicroLED TV displays

One unique feature of microLED technology is the ability to create seamless large-area displays made from small display tiles. This unique feature is interesting because it can creates extremely large displays in which the cost grows linearly with display size, unlike standard LCD and OLED TV displays which grows exponentially more expensive as display grows.

Samsung 146'' micro-LED TV, The Wall

The Wall by Samsung

Several companies developed such tiled display technology, including Sony, Samsung, Konka, LG and others. Tiled large-area microLED TVs are available on the market today, but prices are very expensive and these are highly premium devices. Are you looking to buy such a TV? Check out our 2021 MicroLED TV buying guide. Not much has changed from 2021, as microLED TVs are still extremely expensive ($100,000 and over).

One interesting thing to note is that while most so-called microLED TVs are indeed emissive displays, the actual LED chips inside these TVs are not always miicroLEDs, but sometimes actually mini-LEDs (this is true for example in Samsung's TVs, at least for the first-gen models).

Consumer MicroLED TVs

Companies are also developing consumer-grade MicroLED TVs. The main challenge is bringing the cost down by a factor of around 100X, even if targeting the premium consumer TV market. Producing such consumer MicroLED displays at competitive prices is a huge challenge due to the extreme number of microLED chips - a 4K TV requires almost 25 million individual microLED chips - and these need to be produced on a wafer and transferred to the final TV substrate.

It will likely take many years before consumer MicroLED TVs at affordable prices can be produced.

Samsung launches a $130,000 114" microLED TV in Korea

Samsung Electronics launched a new 114" microLED TV in Korea, with a price tag of 180 million Won (about $132,600). 

Interestingly, a couple of months ago Samsung introduced four new microLED TVs in China, including the 114-inch model, but it quoted a price of $173,000 - or about 30% higher than the price in Korea. 

Read the full story Posted: May 08,2024

Samsung launches its 2024 microLED TV lineup in China, with a new $90,000 76-inch model

Samsung Electronics held a press event in China, launching its 2024 microLED TV lineup (in addition to its QLED and OLED TV ranges). The 2024 microLED TV lineup includes four 4K TV sizes, ranging from 76- to 114-inch.

Samsung says that it improved its microLED TV technology, offer enhanced contrast (using a new unexplained technology called 'micro-contrast technology') and color accuracy. The microLED TVs offers built-in 6.2.2 Dolby Atmos sound, and Samsung's latest NQ8 AI Gen 3 AI chipset. Interestingly, Samsung published the retail price of its microLED TVs:

Read the full story Posted: Mar 21,2024

TCL launches a commercial 163" MicroLED TV, the X11H Max, priced at $110,000

Chinese TV producer TCL announced its first commercial microLED TV, the 163-inch 4K TV X11H Max. The TV offers an XDR peak brightness of 10,000 nits, 22bit+ color depth, extremely fast response speed (nanosecond level) and a lifetime of over 100,000 hours. The price is set at 799,999 Yuan, or around $110,000.

This is obviously an ultra-premium product, but it is great to see TCL formally enter the microLED market. TCL first demonstrated a prototype 163" microLED panels back in 2023. It is likely that this new tiled TV features an Oxide-TFT (IGZO) backplane.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 07,2024

Hilton Waikiki Beach installs a 146-inch Samsung The Wall microLED display

Hilton Waikiki Beach in Hawaii installed a new 146-inch Samsung The Wall microLED display in the lobby bar. The hotel management chose the high-end display in an effort to enhance the guest experience while attracting more local foot traffic.

The hotel's  howner says that the stunning visual clarity and unparalleled contrast convinced him to adopt the new microLED display. The 146-inch screen will be used to show sports, news or videos of island scenery.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 27,2024

TCL shows a tiled 163" microLED display prototype

TCL has demonstrated a 163" microLED TV display prototype. This seems to be the same display showed at IFA 2023 last year.

We do not have any more technical details. In May 2023, TCL unveiled a small tiled display (18.8"), this could be based on the same tiles. The 2023 display featured a pixel-pitch of 0.43 mm, an IGZO backplane and a peak brightness of 1,200 nits. CSoT says that the LED chips have an area of 400 squm, which means chip size of about 20 microns.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 14,2024

Konka shows a massive 310" 4K-Plus microLED display

At CES 2024, Konka is demonstrating a massive 310" microLED display. The display offers 4K-Plus resolution (Konka did not detail the exact resolution), low reflectivity (<5%), 800 nits of brightness, high refresh rate (not detailed) and a large color gamut (85% BT.2020).

Konka says that this display uses the company's self developed and fully proprietary microLED chips. Konka produces its microLED chips using Aixtron's MOCVD systems.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 11,2024

AUO to demonstrate a 108-inch microLED TV display in 2024

AUO announced that it will demonstrate a 108-inch residential microLED TV during ISE Europe 2024 (January 30, 2024). As far as we know, this is the first time that AUO shows a large-area microLED display. The screen is most likely a tiled microLED display.

Last month AUO announced its plans to invest further in its microLED technologies, and re-iterated its plans to mass produce microLED smartwatch displays by the end of 2023 - and also to introduce automotive and TV displays. You can read more about AUO's microLED wearable display project here

Read the full story Posted: Dec 05,2023

DSCC: the microLED display market to reach $1.4 billion by 2028, led by TV, wearables, automotive and AR displays

DSCC estimates that the microLED display market will reach $1.4 billion by 2028, led by TVs and wearables. Other applications will include AR glasses and automotive displays (these do not appear in the graph below).

DSCC believes that MicroLED displays will offer superior performance, but its high price will keep it from being a mainstream technology in the near future. The first microLED smartwatch will launch in 2024, but it will target the high-end of the market and volumes will remain low. 

Read the full story Posted: Nov 21,2023

Yole sees significant microLED production in 2-3 years, with broader adoption in 5-10 years

Yole Intelligence has published its latest microLED market report, in which it sees commercial microLED production starting in 2-3 years, following several delays. In 5-10 years, adoption will increase.

In its base scenario, Yole sees microLED panel sales reaching $1.5 billion in 2029 and $2.2 billion in 2030, with almost 90% coming from wearables and AR/VR/MR microdisplays. The rest of the panels will be used in TV applications. If you want to hear more about Yole's microLED market insights, you are welcome to join the MicroLED-Connect online event later this month.

Read the full story Posted: Nov 16,2023