While Samsung has been promoting its massive 292-inch MicroLED, appropriately named The Wall since 2017, a new challenge has emerged that could give Samsung’s monstrous MicroLED a run for its money.
The new screen is called the 165-inch 4K M1 TV and is being manufactured by an Austrian store called C-Seed. What makes it special, aside from its massive screen size, is that it hides under the floor when not in use and costs – brace yourself for this – almost half a million dollars ($ 400,000 or around £ 300,000 / AU $ 520,000 ).
When raised off the floor, the M1 stands around six feet tall and has four panels that fold together seamlessly thanks to C-Seed’s Adaptive Gap Calibration technology that makes the edges between the display panels smooth. completely invisible.
It’s pretty impressive to be honest, but at that price it’s probably not something that fits our budget any time soon.
Will MicroLED ever be affordable?
It’s hard to look at the M1 and not feel a pinch of envy – who wouldn’t want a 165-inch 4K HDR TV with HDR10 + support that just hides perfectly when not in use?
In addition to its attractive looks, Samsung says that its version of MicroLED TVs can reach up to 4,000 nits of maximum brightness and have black levels that rival OLED screens. Considering the panels likely come from Samsung, our guess is that the M1 is probably capable of doing the same.
While the M1 is out of reach for most of us, sadly so are most commercially available Micro LED TVs right now – the most affordable model, Samsung’s The Wall in a 146-inch screen size, is says it costs $ 300,000 and is not not available in any retail store.
There’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon that Samsung’s smaller-sized MicroLED TVs, like the 88-inch version of The Wall coming later this year, will be more affordable. But considering that the 88-inch versions of other high-end TVs like the LG Signature ZX 8K OLED TV cost around $ 30,000, it might be a while before we see one in our price range.