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Sony ups the ante with 16K MicroLED display

Sony announced the 16K MicroLED screen at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show recently held in Las Vegas. (Source: Channel News)
Sony announced the 16K MicroLED screen at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show recently held in Las Vegas. (Source: Channel News)
The 16K display is clearly not meant for consumers, as it measures 63 feet x 17 feet. It integrates Sony's latest MicroLEDs with Crystal LED technology, which are said to offer increased brightness over the existing OLEDs. Sony also managed to raise the pixel density over 55 ppi in order to offer increased immersion when viewers sit at least 10 feet away from the screen.

Realistically speaking, the jump from 4K to 8K barely makes any sense as far as home theater displays are concerned, since the screen size remains the same (normally between 55-inch and 70-inch) and viewers usually stay at least 6.5 feet away from the display. However, large resolutions do become relevant for industrial screens or billboards that measure tens of feet in diagonal. These colossal screens usually come with a very low pixel density, as pixels are made of backlight LEDs. With Sony’s new advancements in MicroLED technology, these big screens can now benefit from resolutions as high as 16K and pixel densities in excess of 50 ppi.

At the National Association of Broadcasters trade show recently held in Las Vegas, Sony announced that it managed to build a 63 feet x 17 feet screen with 16K resolution integrating the latest MicroLEDs with Crystal LED tech that is said to be brighter than OLEDs. The pixel density is not as fine as what we get with consumer-grade home theater screens or monitors, while the 16K resolution of Sony’s screen comes with an unusual aspect ratio that seems to be even larger than 21:9. Of course, up close, viewers would easily spot the LED patterns, but these huge screens are meant to be beheld from a certain distance in order to experience a quasi-virtual reality experience.

The first iteration of the 16K MicroLED display was bought by Japanese cosmetics group Shiseido and it looks like the screen will span the first and second floors of the company’s new research center in Tokyo. 8K native content is just breaking onto the Japanese broadcast market, so we have to wonder when exactly Sony is going to introduce cameras that can record at native 16K to take advantage of such high resolutions.

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Sony's colossal 16K screen spans the first and second floors of Shiseido's new research facility. (Source: Sony)
Sony's colossal 16K screen spans the first and second floors of Shiseido's new research facility. (Source: Sony)

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-04-11 (Update: 2019-04-12)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.