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MicroLED is the first new screen tech in a decade

For two years in a row, Samsung has wowed crowds at CES with a wall-size TV that uses a technology called MicroLED.
At 219 inches, the newest version of The Wall — as Samsung calls it — is absolutely gigantic. But even better, the company now has one that’s smaller.
A new 75-inch MicroLED TV is still just a prototype with no word of when it will go on sale, but you can buy the original 146-inch version of The Wall now. You’ll have to order one to find out how much it costs, since it will vary based on installation. “A lot” is a safe assumption.
So what makes MicroLED special?
In short, it’s the first brand-new display technology to be commercialized in more than a decade.
The last was OLED, which debuted in TVs on the Sony XEL-1 in 2008 and now dominates the TV picture quality race as well as powering most high-end phones.
But even today the vast majority of screens, from TVs to laptops to tablets to phones, use older LCD technology instead of OLED.
It has taken years for OLED to become more mainstream, and you should expect a similar (long) path for MicroLED. In other words, don’t expect to be able to afford a MicroLED TV anytime soon.