With the LG MAGNIT, LG has introduced a new oversized MicroLED screen that may find a place in your home theater.
The LG MAGNIT has a 163-inch screen and appears to be mostly designed for retail signage – like you find in flagship stores or at large tech shows – but with a secondary use in a home theater for shoppers, who can (presumably) part with the same amount of cash as a medium-sized company.
As a MicroLED display, it offers the self-emitting advantages of OLED without OLED materials, ie it avoids problems of image storage (burn-in) for screens that remain switched on for hours.
Sure, 4K might not seem as sharp on such a large screen, but the potential impact of moving such a signage solution to someone else̵
A press release accompanying the announcement stated: “The versatile LG MAGNIT is ideal for luxury consumers looking for a premium, large format display for the home with a 4K resolution of 163 inches to enjoy their favorite movies, series and sports.
“With LG’s webOS Smart Signage platform for intuitive navigation and control of its many useful functions, including functions and presets, LG MAGNIT’s superb picture quality is supported by a state-of-the-art α (alpha) image processor with AI. LG TVs, the content and intelligently analyze sources and automatically optimize the visual output in real time. “
MicroLED: a screen solution with its own problems
MicroLED has great potential emerging from Samsung and LG’s efforts to commercialize the technology. A self-emitting panel that – like OLED – does not suffer from low brightness is the golden egg that TV brands will chase after in the next few years, regardless of whether it is MicroLED, OLED or QD-OLED that are actually in the Are able to solve this problem and manufacture in scale.
Let us also not forget that MicroLED screens have a modular structure, ie they are put together from smaller screen units to form a larger whole, regardless of size and shape. However, this isn’t particularly useful for regular television viewers who primarily watch 16: 9 content – and who don’t want to assemble their television for a series of episodes shot in 4: 3.
The high price of making MicroLED will also prevent the technology from mass-marketing for a while. We don’t have a set price from LG at the moment – although we’re trying to find out – but it’s sure to be out of the reach of all but the most privileged viewers, making widespread adoption impossible for now.
So keep an eye out for retail MicroLED screens for now – and save for one of your own by 2030.
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