The Society of Information Display (SID) revealed its 2019 display industry award winners, and interestingly two out of the three Display Of The Year Awards went to Micro-LED displays.
First up we have Samsung's modular The Wall display, made up of tiled and seamless micro-LED modules. The Wall was unveiled in January 2018 in a 146-inch installation. The Wall was officially launched in June 2018 when Samsung started to accept pre-orders, aiming to find customers in lobbies, museums, galleries, and retail spaces. It is estimated that the price of the 146" model is around $100,000. The Wall Professional features HDR 10+ and a peak brightness of 2,000 nits.
The second Micro-LED display is Sony's Crystal LED Display system (CLEDIS). Sony's displays are somewhat similar to Samsung's The Wall, and are made from tiled and seamless 320 x 360 modules (403 x 453 mm in size). Sony's CLEDIS displays also support HDR and feature a 10-bit color depth and a 120Hz refresh rate. In April 2019 it was reported that Sony installed the world's largest micro-LED display - 16K (15360x3840) 19.2 x 5.4 meters panel, installed at Shiseido new research center in Yokohama, Japan.
These micro-LED signage displays are an interesting choice for a Display Of The Year, with all the recent advances in high quality AMOLEDs, foldable displays and other innovations that are reaching mass market. The foldable displays did not ship in 2018, which is a requirement for the 2019 award, and it seems as if SID is looking to award next-generation displays that may foresee the future of the display industry.