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The LG Magnit is the company’s first TV with a microLED display that is promised to offer “groundbreaking picture quality and durability.” It will be available in markets like the US, Europe, and a few others soon. For those unaware, microLED is a new breed of displays, which are similar to the OLED panels found in many TVs and smartphones but work with pixels that are a lot smaller. These pixels can be up to 100 times smaller, which should offer clearer images, better color reproduction, and better visibility from different angles.
LG says the MicroLED display’s self-emissive micrometer-scale pixels deliver sharper, more colorful images with a wider viewing angle. The Magnit uses LG’s Black Coating technology that’s applied to the surface of the MicroLEDs, improving contrast and color accuracy while protecting the pixels from moisture, dust, and external shocks. It’s also anti-glare and anti-fingerprint.
"Featuring LG’s webOS smart signage platform for intuitive navigation and control of the many useful functions, including features and presets, LG MAGNIT’s superb picture quality is boosted by an AI-powered α (Alpha) image processor found in state-of-the-art LG TVs that intelligently analyzes content and source and automatically optimizes visual output in real-time."
Notably, LG isn’t exactly targetting the broad consumer market with Magnit. Due to its enormous size, it will likely be used in more commercial sectors like hotels or other large corporate lobbies and more. The Magnit isn’t the first monster TV to utilize MicroLED tech. Samsung last year unveiled The Wall Luxury, the latest version of its customizable modular MicroLED screen. It can be configured from a home-friendly 73-inches in 2K resolution right up to 292 inches in 8K.
- MicroLED has a lot of potentials, which is clear from efforts by both Samsung and LG to commercialize the technology.
- A self-emissive panel that doesn't suffer from low brightness – as with OLED – is the golden egg that TV brands will be chasing for the next few years, whether it's MicroLED, OLED, or QD-OLED that actually ends up being able to solve this problem and manufacture it at scale.
- The high price of MicroLED manufacture is also going to prevent the technology from rolling out to the mass market for a while yet. We don't have a firm price tag from LG at the moment – though we're trying to find out – it's sure to be out of reach of all but the most privileged viewers, making widespread adoption impossible for now.
- For now, then, keep an eye out for MicroLED screens out in the retail wild – and start saving up for one of your own in 2030.
Sure, 4K may not seem as crisp on such a large screen, but there's no denying the potential impact when moving a signage solution like this into someone's living room. And it certainly seems like LG its sights trained on home cinemas, too – with the excellent webOS smart TV platform and state-of-the-art a9 processor used in the latest