Samsung’s first 89-inch microLED TV may have been delayed

Samsung’s first microLED TV sized under 100 inches was supposed to enter production in May. However, the company’s plans may have been delayed due to production issues, claims a new report.

Samsung began investing more into its microLED business a couple of years ago, and word got out that the company is working on releasing its first sub-$100K microLED TV this year. The company had planned to start manufacturing an 89-inch microLED TV in May. However, a new report suggests that the production of the 89-inch model has been pushed back to Q3 2022.

What’s causing the delay in Samsung’s microLED plans?

What makes Samsung’s upcoming 89-inch microLED TV different from its larger 99-inch and 110-inch versions is the size of the LED chips, and this unique characteristic may have also caused of the delay — though it seems to be based on conjecture, as of now.

The 89-inch variant uses microLED chips that are significantly smaller (34 micrometers horizontal and 85 micrometers vertical, down from 75μm/125μm).

Using these smaller microLED chips lends more difficulty to the manufacturing process and can cause a higher defect rate. Although unconfirmed, this may have convinced Samsung to delay the production in hopes of optimizing manufacturing further and improving yield until Q3.

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