Samsung’s transparent micro-LED display at CES 2024. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends
Let us be perfectly clear: When you see through all the smoke and glitz and glamour, transparency very much rules the early hours of CES 2024. The latest entry comes from Samsung, which is hardly a stranger to clear displays. The new hotness, though, is a transparent micro-LED display.
And let’s be clear what this is not: Unlike what we’ve just seen elsewhere, Samsung’s transparent micro-LED isn’t being showcased in a consumer-ready product. This isn’t a television you’ll be able to purchase later this year, though Samsung does say that the micro-LED is good for “a clear, unobstructed picture for various use cases in both homes and business environments.”
For now, all you need to know is that it looks very, very cool. Or hot. Or whatever sort of image someone wants to pump through it.
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The new transparent micro-LED display was just one of three transparent technologies Samsung had on hand. And while the end result didn’t necessarily look all that different (I didn’t stare at it hard enough to really see anything stand out), live microscopic looks at the panels themselves certainly showed a difference in how micro-LED works versus OLED and traditional LCD options. (Not that we’re anywhere near ready to call transparent displays “traditional.”
Transparent LCD pixels seen under a microscope.
Transparent micro-LED pixels as seen under a microscope.
Transparent OLED pixels seen under a microscope.
The end result from all three techs is, of course, a display that you can see through. Each will have its own application, as well as costs. You’re probably more likely to see this sort of thing in a business setting than you are in your living room. And while that might seem like a bit of a bummer at first, consider that you’re also more likely to see content and design that’s purpose-built for this sort of tech than you are from a highly compressed streaming service.
A picture doesn’t necessarily do it justice, but transparent displays can give very different senses of depth. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends
Samsung says the micro-LED tech that goes into these new panels utilizes “a modular design that allows viewers to personalize the shape, size, and ratio of screens to fit any space.”
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LG’s DukeBox concept marries a tube amp with a transparent OLED display
What happens when you take a tube amp, a multispeaker sound system, and a transparent OLED display and mash them together? You may end up with something resembling the DukeBox, a new hybrid device concept from LG Labs that will be on display at CES 2024.
LG Labs is a “marketing platform focused on delivering experimental yet innovative products and services,” according to LG, so it’s not entirely clear if the DukeBox is something LG intends to bring to market or simply a way of creatively showcasing what can be done with the company’s transparent OLED display technology. No pricing or availability has been released so far.
OLED vs. LED: Which kind of TV display is better?
The world of TVs is all about acronyms. You see them everywhere you shop for sets from the likes of Samsung, LG, TCL, Sony, and others, and these are very important three-, four-, and five-letter codewords to decipher. For the most part, we’re all familiar with acronyms like HD and 4K, but when we start throwing around letter pairings like OLED, LED, QLED, and now QD-OLED, things can get confusing very quickly. Not to worry though, we’re here to help.
The examples above are all just different lighting and display technologies that TV companies use to get a picture on your TV screen. Today, we’ll focus on comparing two of the most popular display technologies: OLED and LED. The former stands for “organic light-emitting diode,” and the latter stands for “light-emitting diode”. While these two TV types may look similar on the shelf, they couldn’t be more different when it comes to how each set produces a picture, and how colorful or bright that picture can be.
Samsung debuts world’s smallest and most affordable microLED TV at CES 2023
While almost all of the buzz in TV land in 2022 was related to the launch of the first-ever QD-OLED TVs from Sony and Samsung, it looks like 2023 will be the year that some folks begin seriously considering a TV based on microLED tech. At least, that’s Samsung’s clear hope now that the company has debuted the world’s first 76-inch model, the Micro LED CX. The company announced the new model at CES 2023 and said it will be its smallest and most affordable microLED TV to date.
The 76-inch model isn’t the only microLED in Samsung’s lineup. The company says it will offer these TVs in 50-, 63-, 89-, 101-, 114- and 140-inch versions in 2023.
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