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The best TVs of CES 2018: LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony

14 January 2018

The annual CES tech conference is often filled with vapourware announcements - take a look at Razer's Project Linda for instance - but Samsung's latest TV tech is something that urgently needs to make an appearance on the high street, no matter how long it takes.

"Micro " LED is kind of a misleading name, because this new TV technology from Samsung can create truly very big screens.

All told, Samsung sells a billion devices a year and has quietly made a startling 90 per cent of them networkable.

Samsung showed off The Wall at CES, a 146-inch TV that's modular with MicroLED technology.

LG Display - an affiliate of LG Electronics - unveiled a sleek prototype of its latest rolling screen technology.

You can ask the voice assistant to search for movies, play your favorite show, do a Google Search or read you the weather from your TV.

LG OLED
The proprietary LG OLED technology is designed to deliver perfect blacks thanks to its ability to turn each pixel on or completely off

The display can also be put in a position with a 21:9 ratio, which is flawless for watching movies. Major TV brands now focus on video processing chips in addition to constant improvements of HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging technology, says WitsView, a division of TrendForce.

Flexible screens have been popping up at the technology show for the past few years. It's not the same technology as OLED, and Samsung says it offers the flawless blacks of OLED but can get much brighter and has fewer off-axis color issues.

Also dubbed "The Wall", Samsung's innovative TV uses MicroLED technology to deliver an amazingly rich 146-inch picture. The technology actually uses many different LED modules stacked together, but it's borderless so you don't see seams between the different modules.

HS Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics America, announced that previous technologies created to link its devices into useful networks, Samsung Connect, Smart Home and Smart View would be deprecated and replaced with a new SmartThings app, available in the third quarter of 2018. Sony has not yet said when this kind of model could be available to buy. This indicates the stiff competition between QLED TV makers and AMOLED TV makers will continue.

More impressive, though, is the fact that Samsung's set is modular. Other vendors touting 4K projectors included Sony, LG, and Chinese vendor Changhong. Furthermore, just as is the case with OLED, the pixels (any one of several million of them inside a micro LED 4K TV bar) can turn off or on completely on an individual basis for ideal scene dimming and bright highlights.

When can I get a MicroLED TV? .

The best TVs of CES 2018: LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony