Buyers planning on buying new TVs will have plenty to choose from as far as the size and shape of TVs are concerned. Curved TVs are no longer the fanciest TV form-factors out there as companies have also introduced TVs with adjustable screen size or screens that can be rolled up/down like a poster.
At CES 2019, Samsung unveiled a 219-inch micro LED TV with a modular design. While the micro LED technology in itself will be a big step up as it uses millions of individual LEDs to create an image that is going to be a lot brighter than organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), what really sets the new TV apart is its module-based bezel-less design, which allows several individual screens to create a giant screen. This means users can customize the shape and size, depending upon their needs. Samsung is expected to launch its first crop of modular TVs in the US sometime this year.
Samsung pulled another rabbit out if its bag this year with a new range of TVs called Sero, which allows users to change the orientation of the TV screen, like any smartphone or tablet. It is designed specially for millennials who are active on social media and consume and create content in vertical or story-mode formats.
With the option to flip and use the TV screen vertically, users can now mirror content from their smartphone on a bigger screen and access social media posts with black bars showing on both sides. The first Sero TV, expected to launch in South Korea in the first half of 2019, offers a 43-inch screen, has a 60W speaker and supports Samsung’s voice assistant Bixby, allowing users to control it with voice.
Another concept we have been seeing on the sidelines for years is bendable TV screens. The good news is that they are finally going to be available in stores by the end of 2019. A case in point is LG’s rollable TV, which can be rolled up/down like a poster. When not in use, it can retract and disappear into the base with the press of a button. The first rollable TV will have a 65-inch OLED screen with a thickness of just 3mm and a resolution of 3,840x2,160p. The base not only houses the screen but also includes a 100W Dolby Atmos-powered speaker.