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We covered this subject recently in a post on the future of QLED technology (essentially another name for the micro LED tech of "The Wall" TV) and discussed how it might advance enough to replace OLED or conventional LCD displays to become the dominant type of display for most near-future TVs.

The huge displays from LG and Samsung seem like aspirational headline grabbers more than actual shipping products, but both were incredible to see in person.

Demonstrated at CES, the "Wall" as the company calls it is made up of tiles of microLEDs seamlessly jointed together and is described as a modular product.

But at CES 2018, the annual tech show happening this week in Las Vegas, manufacturers are still trying to generate buzz for their lineup of TVs coming later this year.

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"As the world's first consumer modular MicroLED television, "The Wall" represents another breakthrough". OLED TVs on the other hand don't need a backlight as each OLED emits its own light source, giving absolute black levels.

MicroLED is a self-emitting technology.

The technology will eventually allow for so-called wallpaper screens, which are displays that cover an entire wall of any shape or size, said James McQuivey, a Forrester analyst.

"The Wall eliminates the need for color filters or backlight, yet allows the screen to offer consumers the ultimate viewing experience", Samsung said in a statement after the TV's unveiling on January 7.

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Pricing for the TV has not yet been announced.

LG's new TVs are the first to have Google Assistant entirely built in. "The addition of a voice assistant provides an answer to an actual consumer problem". For example, you can ask Alexa to search for movies or play Amazon content on a Fire TV.

So there you have it, next-generation electro-QLED technology has finally arrived and so far its specs indicate something that could blow both current LCD TVs and the best that OLED offers out of the water, if only we can soon start seeing more normal-sized versions of this monster TV on the market.

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