The biggest TVs announced at CES 2019
If there’s one thing that can be relied upon to steal the show at CES year after year, it’s TVs. The technology powering the biggest screens in our homes might not move as quickly as it does for smartphones or smart home gadgets, but their sheer size means that it’s very impressive when it does.
CES 2019, like every CES for the past half a decade, has been filled with 8K TV announcements. New for this year are models that you’ll actually be able to buy, but that doesn’t mean you actually should. The amount of native 8K content out there is still frighteningly limited, and it’s likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future unless something fundamental changes about the costs of shooting and editing 8K footage.
But even ignoring 8K, there were some really cool TVs on show. We saw rollable TVs, a MicroLED TV, and a new HDMI standard (version 2.1) with a host of audio visual upgrades.
SAMSUNG 75-INCH MICROLED 4K TV
MicroLED is the biggest new TV technology since OLED first appeared on the scene a decade ago. It’s capable of producing brighter images and some amazing-looking HDR. This year, Samsung showed off a 75-inch 4K MicroLED display, although the company wasn’t quite ready to talk about when exactly something like this will be ready for consumer release.
Samsung first debuted its MicroLED technology at last year’s CES with a massive, 146-inch TV that was appropriately called The Wall. This new version relies on the same technology, and it shows how it can be customized to various sizes. MicroLED essentially combines the LCD and LED components of a typical television (and it shrinks everything way down) to create a display where the pixels emit their own light in a way that’s very similar to OLED.
A 75-inch TV is still a little big for some homes, but Samsung has shown that MicroLED is modular, so hopefully a range of sizes will one day be available. The whole TV is made up of small square panels, which can be put together in any orientation. Theoretically, this makes ultrawide or ultra-tall sets possible, but I’d settle for a sub-50-inch model that’ll fit in my living room. Someday.
SAMSUNG 98-INCH 8K TV
Alongside its new display tech, Samsung also had some good news for anyone who wants a smaller 8K TV. The company announced that in addition to the 85-inch model it already sells in the US, it will also be releasing 82-inch, 75-inch, and 65-inch models. There’s also a new 98-inch model, if you never want to be able to see the wall behind your TV ever again.
LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R
LG’s latest flagship TV is able to roll away into a small box when you’re not using it. It’s probably the most sci-fi-looking thing you’ll see from CES that actually has a use in real life.
First shown off as a prototype from LG Display at CES 2018, the rollable TV will actually be released in 2019, although the company is keeping quiet on exactly how much it will cost.
That’s a shame because the idea of a 65-inch TV that can compact itself down into a box the size of a TV cabinet is incredibly tempting. When it’s not in full-size TV mode, the screen can also be partially retracted to hide the black bars at the top and bottom of any content with a 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio, or it can rise up just a little bit to show smart TV notifications.