Russia based YotaPhone launched the world’s first hybrid E Ink / LCD mobile phone Europe only a few months ago , but the company already revealed a new 2nd-gen prototype phone. The main upgrade is the added touch capability on the 4.7″ E Ink display, which enables it to be used for messaging, e-mails, browsing and more. But I was also happy to hear that the 4.3″ 720p LCD has been replaced by a larger AMOLED display. In fact, the new yotaPhone uses the same 5″ Full-HD Super AMOLED display used in Samsung’s Galaxy S4 . Source: E-Ink-Info Read more about YotaPhone's 2nd-gen E Ink phone prototype uses a 5" FHD Super AMOLED display
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YotaPhone’s 2nd-gen E Ink phone prototype uses a 5" FHD Super AMOLED display
Passive Matrix OLEDs ( PMOLEDs ) use a simple driver, which restricts the resolution and efficiency of the display, but also enables it to be produced easily and relatively on the cheap. The first OLED displays on the market (in 1998) were PMOLED, made by Pioneer, used in car audio systems. The PMOLED market grew in the past, up until 2006. Back then, the main application for those displays was the sub-display on clamshell phones. But then Apple launched the iPhone, and since then the clamshell design lost its popularity very quickly – and the PMOLED market is in decline ever since. Read more about Will fitness bands help grow the PMOLED market?
Will fitness bands help grow the PMOLED market?
Huawei’s TalkBand B1 is a smart wearable device that includes a removable earpiece (which is why it is called a TalkBand). It supports several fitness applications (steps recording, calories burned, sleeping pattern monitor, etc.). The display is reportedly a 1.4″ monochrome (white) flexible (curved) OLED. It’s not clear who’s the flexible OLED supplier, and whether it is actually a flexible display or not. It’s likely to be a PMOLED panel. The display does not support touch – this device is only controllable via your mobile phone. Huawei will release the B1 in China in March 2014 and other countries will followin in Q2 2014. The price (in Europe) will be €99.
New OLED gadget: Huawei TalkBand B1
Bloomberg reports that HTC is developing three new wearable devices. The company will demonstrate the first one at the MWC event later this week, but will only show the watch privately to mobile carriers. The first watch will be based on Qualcomm’s Toq device - which uses a small touch Mirasol display. Qualcomm Toq smartwatch The second watch wil be based on Google’s Now service, and this one will use an AMOLED display. The third wearable device will be an electronic bracelet. That’s all we currently know. According to Bloomberg the information comes from a person with “direct knowledge of the plans”. Read more about Is HTC developing an AMOLED smartwatch?
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Is HTC developing an AMOLED smartwatch?
The Gear 2 is Samsung 2nd-gen smartwatch. Compared to the original Gear , this watch is lighter, offers a better battery life (2-3 days), has a new design and runs the Tizen OS (as compared to Android). The display is the same 1.63″ 320×320 (275 PPI) Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 1Ghz dual-core CPU, 4GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, infrared, S Voice, heart rate sensor and a 2MP camera (720p video support). Samsung will launch the Gear 2 in April 2014. It will come in two variants – the regular Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo which is pretty much the same only without a camera.
New OLED gadget: Samsung Gear 2
Spike Aerospace is developing a supersonic business jet. The company announced that instead of conventional windows, it will use curved, super-thin digital displays. The S-512 will reportedly cost $80 million when it becomes available in 2018. The jet will use micro-cameras to create panoramic views on the curved displays in real time. This has several advantages – you can display whatever you want on these displays, it eliminates glares, it reduces the aircraft’s weight, part count and drag and will also simplify the aircraft construction and integrity. Read more about Will Spike's upcoming supersonic business jet use OLED TVs instead of windows?
The SID Display Week , the world’s leading display industry showcase is scheduled for June, but the organizers already published the list of papers to be presented in this show. Hiding in this long list of technical achievements and research projects are some interesting new OLED developments. So here’s some of the achievements to be announced during the show (at no particular order). TCL’s China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) managed to fabricate a 7″ QVGA (320×240) flexible PMOLED display. The display uses a thin PEN substrate, processed at Gen-4.5. The company also proposes a design for a 14″ QVGA PMOLED panel. CSOT also developed a 31″ Full-HD AMOLED panel that uses a IGZO backplane. The 31″ direct-emission panel was produced on a Gen-4.5 glass substrate using FMM. Read more about New OLED development to be discussed at SID 2014
New OLED development to be discussed at SID 2014
In September 2013, Veeco acquired Synos Technology for $185 million . Synos’ FAST-ALD encapsulation technology is aimed towards flexible OLED displays. Back then Veeco said that the company’s first FAST-ALD pilot production system has already been installed, and they expect a manufacturing ramp to begin in 2014. Yesterday Veeco reported their financial results for Q4 2013 (which was a challenging year for Veeco). The company said that they “received a purchase order from the world leader in mobile OLED displays for a first-generation FAST-ALD prototype system”. The world’s leader in mobile OLEDs is certainly Samsung Display (as they currently hold a market share of over 95%). Read more about Veeco sold a FAST-ALD flexible OLED encapsulation prototype system to Samsung
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The EU announced a new SSL lighting project called LASSIE (Large Area Solid State Intelligent Efficient luminaries) that aims to develop hybrid inorganic and organic lighting technologies. The aim is to develop a device with the efficacy and long life of high-power LEDs and the color-tunable diffuse lighting of OLED panels. It’s not clear, but it seems that the project will use the LEDs for the actual light output and fluorescent-based soluble OLED materials for tuning the color. According to CSEM (one of the project partners, the OLED material swill be deposited using a roll to roll process. Read more about The EU aims to develop a hybrid LED/OLED lighting technology
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Samsung want to introduce S5 with Full HD and S5 Premium with WQHD – Galaxy S5 Premium with 2560 × 1440 S5 with Full HD
For a few weeks we report about that Samsung want to introduce the Galaxy S5 AMOLED with WQHD resolution 2560 × 1440 pixels (about 3.69 million pixels) or 560ppi. Now a korean industry insider told us that Samsung plans to introduce two different models of the Galaxy S5 model. One high end class Samsung says “PREMIUM” model with a 5.1 inch Oled with WQHD resolution and one model with Full HD 1920×1080 Pixel. Both displays will have a diamond pixel matrix structure. It seems Samsung Display has problems with the WQHD picture quality. And there are still some problems to mass produce the WQHD AMOLED Displays. If the rumor is not correct, we know for sure that Samsung Display can not produce so many 2560×1440 Pixels panels for the S5. Samsung plans to introduce the Galaxy S5 in March with the Full HD Display and a few month later the S5 premium with the QHD AMOLED Display. We know that Samsung Display has some problems to produce so many QHD panels, so we think this is not a rumor, we will see two models of S5 with different displays.