LG launches its first commercially available Micro LED display

LG launches its first commercially available Micro LED screen
(Image credit: LG)

LG has taken its first steps into a possible TV world of the future with the launch of its first Micro LED display.

The LG MAGNIT is a modular 163-inch screen designed for signage purposes, but the Korean company also sees it fit for use as a TV in luxury homes for TVs. Kitted out with LG's familiar webOS smart TV platform, a 4K resolution, and the AI-powered Alpha picture processors from LG's current flagship OLEDs, it promises big-scale film and TV action for the family.

LG says that its Micro LED pixels will deliver sharper images with better contrast and wider viewing angles too.

LG launches its first commercially available Micro LED screen

(Image credit: LG)

MicroLED sets are similar to OLEDs in their self-emissive properties, but instead of using organic light emitting diodes they use extremely tiny (micrometre-scale), non-organic (i.e. longer-lasting) LEDs that have the potential to go much brighter, as well as give display manufacturers more control over dimming zones.

With MAGNIT, LG has applied these pixels directly to the substrate board. The panel is finished with the company's proprietary anti-glare Black Coating display technology, which it says protects the LEDs from moisture, dust and external impact.

Each of MAGNIT's Micro LED cabinets measure 600 x 337.5 x 44.9mm (HxWxD) and will link together to form displays of different sizes.

While LG has not officially announced any Micro LED TVs predominantly for the home, expect a first on this front some time soon, especially given that LG's big rival, Samsung, demoed a 75in Micro LED TV of its own at CES 2020.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.