LG has announced that next year, it will have a new set of 4K TVs to slot between its existing Ultra HD LCDs and super-colorful OLED models. These are different because they use quantum dot technology, which LG says will make for a wider color palett…
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Best Buy has been offering LG’s 65EC9700 65″ 4K OLED TV (the 65EC9700 ) since September (although shipments have been very limited) and now Digital Trends posted the first review of LG’s flagship TV. And the verdict? it’s the best TV they ever saw, nothing else comes close (not even LG’s 55″ FHD OLED TV ). In fact, the reviewer says that “best TV ever” doesn’t really do it justice. LG’s 65EC9700 got incredible resolution, a top-notch resolution upscaler, perfect black levels, insane contrast, eye-dazzling color, and class-leading WebOS smart TV interface. Read more about The first review of LG's 65" 4K OLED TV is here – best TV ever
According to C|Net, LG Display developed a 55″ 8K (7680×4320, 160 PPI) OLED TV prototype panel, and the Korean company will show this prototype next month at CES 2015. LG 55-inch FHD OLED TV This panel, which has a total of 33.2 million pixel and a brightness of 500 nits, has over 20 display drivers ICs inside (apparently these were developed in collaboration with NVidia), and was already produced in early November. LG is actually planning to commercialize this display, even though many people will argue that it doesn’t make much sense to have such a high resolution in a 55″ display . A nice technical achievement by LGD in any case. Read more about LG to show a 55" 8K OLED TV prototype next month at CES 2015
IHS estimates the current OLED lighting market (at the panel level) at $2.7 million in 2014, and says that the market will grow tenfold by 2020 – to reach $26 million. IHS expects panel prices to drop 40% in the next several years, but OLEDs will still not be able to compete with LED lighting, and this is why it does not expect OLED lighting to really emerge as a mass market in the near future. A Philips OLED installation IHS is rather pessimistic, and other analysts see panel prices dropping much more quickly and volumes rise at a much more dramatic rate. IDTechEx for example see a $200 million panel market in 2019 that will grow to $1.9 billion in 2025. Cintelliq sees OLED competing with LEDs in 2016 , and 500 million 100×100 mm OLED lighting panels produced in 2023. Read more about IHS sees a $27 million OLED Lighting panel market in 2020
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Researchers from the Korean Inha University developed a new method to produce shadow masks that could lead to masks that have higher densities and are also more robust – leading to higher yields in OLED production. The team are going to transfer the technology to a company that will commercialize it. Samsung AMOLED production The researchers used an electrochemical rpocessing technique to manufacture the new masks. This enables masks that are stronger (and thus fail less often) and still reach pixel densities of up to 500 PPI. Read more about Korea researchers develop strong, more precise shadow masks for OLED manufacturing
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KTC’s 55L8EF is a curved Full-HD OLED TV that uses KTC’s own smart OS (running on an octa-core CPU). The TV uses LG Display’s 55″ curved WRGB OLED panel. We do not know the launch date or price of the 55L8EF yet.
The X5 Max from Vivo is the world’s slimmest smart phone at 4.75mm. It’s an Android device that features a 5.5″ FHD Super AMOLED display, a 13mp camera (5mp front) which protrudes a bit from the back, dual-SIM, octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (plus a micro SD slot, which takes the place of one of the SIM cards). The X5 Max is currently available in China for CN¥2,998 ($490 USD).
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Idemitsu Kosan and LG display entered into an expanded alliance to cooperate on OLED technologies. LGD aims to accelerate its OLED development and now have a license to use Idemitsu’s OLED device patents. Idemitsu has been collaborating with LGD on OLED technologies since 2009, and in 2010 Idemitsu acquired a 32.73% stake in Global OLED Technology (LG’s OLED patent holdings company, acquired from Kodak’s in December 2009 ). Read more about Idemitsu Kosan and LG Display expand their OLED technology alliance
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LG Display established a new OLED division, to handle all its OLED development and production efforts under one organization. This new division, which will be led by LGD’s CTO, Yeo Sang-deog, will also manage OLED panel marketing and sales. At this stage, LG Display is mostly focused on OLED TV panel production and flexible OLED development. LGD’s OLED TV panel sales increased 20X in 2014 compared to 2013 , and with the upcoming M2 production fab which should start operation any day now, OLED TV capacity is expected to quadruple in 2015. Read more about LG Display centralizes all their OLED business under a new division
Pivotal Living’s Pivotal Tracker 1 is a fitness band with a unique business model: you pay $12 per year in subscription (first year is $15), and the hardware is free. The tracker 1 measures steps, distance traveled, calories burned and also includes a sleep tracker. It uses a small blue PMOLED display. The Pivotal Tracker 1 will ship on December 20, 2014, you can pre-order it now on Amazon.com for $15 .
New OLED gadget: Pivotal Living Tracker 1