Samsung has recently unveiled its complete lineup of TVs for 2024, with an unexpected twist at CES 2024. While Samsung’s microLED TVs haven’t garnered much attention in recent years at the annual tech trade show, the company showcased its continued commitment to the category by introducing a new transparent display version.
Transparent TVs have been seen before, but this marks the first instance of a transparent microLED display designed to resemble a realistic TV, complete with a glass-like, bezel-free appearance. Although presented as a prototype at CES, Samsung demonstrated its capabilities by running 3D-like overlays of soccer matches and firework shows. While this remains a proof of concept, it offers insights into Samsung’s vision for transparent TVs.
Despite predictions suggesting that microLED sets won’t become mainstream until the early 2030s, having a transparent TV in your living room is intriguing. Samsung’s prototype involved placing two clear microLED panels (microLED being modular by nature) together in an unusually wide presentation, with a more conventional TV running behind them.
The result witnessed firsthand before the official reveal, delivered a TV-watching experience with a functional depth effect, albeit with a somewhat kitschy feel. The transparent display showcased vibrant color reproduction and sharp animations, distinguishing itself from Samsung’s existing micro LEDs available for purchase, even though the latter are relatively expensive compared to other top-tier TVs.
Envisioning this transparent TV as an impressive addition at the foot of a bed or positioned against a window creates an enticing prospect, allowing users to enjoy TV content while maintaining visibility of their surroundings. Undoubtedly, such an experience would come with a considerable cost.
Samsung has not disclosed any specific timeline for the release of a transparent microLED TV, emphasizing that what was showcased at CES is merely a prototype. It’s worth recalling that the initial prototype of Samsung’s microLED, colloquially known as “The Wall,” preceded its transformation into a consumer-ready product for home use.