Today Samsung is launching the Galaxy S5 worldwide. In the US, both AT&T and Sprint offer it for $189 (with a plan) or $699 unlocked . The GS5 features a 5.1″ FHD (432 PPI, Diamond Pixel ) Super AMOLED display, a 2.5 Ghz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16MP camera (4K video support). The GS5 is dust and water resistant, and it packs a finger scanner and a heart rate sensor. The 5.1″ Super AMOLED display was tested by DisplayMate, who found it to be the best mobile display on the market – outperforming all other OLED and LCD displays as it features the highest brightness, the lowest reflectance, the highest color accuracy, the highest contrast rating in ambient light and the smallest brightness variation with viewing angle. Read more about Samsung's Galaxy S5 is now shipping worldwide
At the Printed Electronics Europe 2014 Plastic Logic showcase a flexible OLED display for wearable devices in Berlin. Printed Electronics Europe is organised from IDTEchEx and Plastic Logic introduce a bendable 4 inch AMOLED Display. The full colour AMOLED has a resolution of 360×128 pixel and is produced via Plastic Logics flexible OTFT backplane. This panel as a 3:1 aspect ratio which focus to realize a smart watch or some other wearable device. By the way this flexible AMOLED panel was developed from Plastic Logic and their partner Novaled which deliver the OLED materials. The OTFT backplane can be fully flexible and is bendable or can be rolled also. Plastic Logic is proud to inform that this is the first time a flexible OLED display technology can be coupled with a real industrial fabrication process. With this new display a revolution in wearable products can be realized, in 2014 we think wearable devices can become mainstream and we will see many new categories of products.
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Plastic Logic showcase flexible 4 inch flexible OLED – foldable OLED for wearable devices
BMW hosted a workshop called “Light Days” which detailed the history, present and future of lighting in automobiles. BMW says that the future lighting technology will be OLED, and they expect to start selling cars with OLED lighting within 3 years. BMW says that the high homogeneity of OLEDs has several advantages (as you can see in the slide above) – mainly that it enables new styling options, it’s efficient and long lasting and can offer high exclusivity. The company showed a prototype taillight design. We don’t know who made the actual OLED panels, but we do know that LG Chem said they are collaborating with BMW, so it may be LG Chem panels . This design seems pretty similar to Hella’s own OLED prototype (also using LG Chem’s panels). Read more about BMW expects OLED lighting in commercial cars within 3 years
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LG Chem had a large presence at L+B 2014, and the company sent us a few photos and a video of their OLEDs in action. In the past few weeks, the company announced new 320×110 mm panels and also the world’s largest OLED at 320×320 mm . All of their new panels feature an increased lifetime (to 40,000 LT70) and a high CRI (over 90). LG Chem also revealed their efficiency roadmap. Currently all their panels feature 60 lm/W. They expect to reach 100 lm/W by the end of 2014, and 140 lm/W by 2016. The standard luminance of the company’s panels is 3000 cd/m 2 , but they hope to achieve 5,000 or even 8000 cd/m 2 . Read more about LG Chem shows new OLED luminaries, expects to reach 100 lm/W by the end 2014, 140 lm/W by 2016
AUO announced that they developed a new 5.7″ WQHD (2560×1440, 513 PPI) AMOLED panel. The panel is ultra slim at 0.57 mm and it uses special driver design to increase touch sensitivity and as a result can support 10 touch points. AUO says that this is the world’s highest resolution AMOLED. Actually we know that Sharp, and SEL developed a 13.3″ 8K CAAC-OS OLED that achieves 664 PPI – but this one hasn’t been unveiled yet (it will be shown at SID 2014 in a couple of months ). In addition Samsung Display announced a while back that they are developing a 5.2″ WQHD panel which will have a pixel density of 560 PPI. Reportedly SDC is also planning to make a UHD panel that will have a PPI of 860 (!). Read more about AUO developed a 5.7" 513 PPI AMOLED and a 1.6" AMOLED for smartwatches
AUO is ready to showcase the world highes resolution AMOLED with WQHD 2560×1440 Pixel or 513 ppi for smartphones. AUO suggest brilliant images and extremely crisp and full of details. There 5-inch AMOLED 720P AMOLED is also special it is only 0.57 mm thick. AUO informed us that they use a special driver design to get a improved touch sensitivity wich support 10 touch points. AUO see also the trend of wearable device and the company plan to introduce a 1.6 inch AMOLED for smart watches soon. Because of OLED technology the display is very power efficient so you can use that product for long periods of time and the brightness is also improved for outdoor. The company introduce also Full Lineup of UHD 4K Curved LCD TV Displays with Wide Color Gamut, Car Displays with High Resolution and Wide Viewing Angle, Designed for Diverse Driving Conditions, Integrated Touch Solutions and High Resolution Mobile Devices Enhanced! Source: auo
DisplaySearch says that curved TV shipments will reach almost 800,000 units worldwide in 2014, and sales will grow to over 6 million by 2017. DisplaySearch sees curved TV as a novelty that will actually wear off with time and shipments will trail off in time. Even though the first curved TV were OLED TVs , there are also curved LCDs and in fact DisplaySearch says that the majority of curved TV shipments will be LCDs (not surprising really as OLED TV prices will remain high in the near future). Read more about DisplaySearch sees 100,000 curved OLED TVs sold in 2014, over 2 million in 2017
There are new rumors about the iTv product from Apple, a unnamed local display maker (LG-Display, Samsung Display) is ready to deliver some 65 inch OLED-Panel to Apple. Apple want to see how the panel works and how is the picture quality. At the moment it is not clear what kind of panel Apple want to use for their product the company is still running tests. Apple plans to introduce iTv on the market not before 2015. The market for iTv is about 2 million devices in a size from 65 to 77 inch. At the moment NO company can deliver so much 65 inch OLED-Displays for Apple. Only LG-Display has a 65 and 77 inch OLED panel on the market, LG Display use WRGB OLED Technology instead of Samsung Display with True Pixel Technology. So LG-Display has some advantages instead of Samsung display to mass produce the panels. Japan Display and Sharp which deliver also panels for iPad, iphones etc to Apple can not reach that kind of panels.
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Apple iTv 65 inch OLED-Tv panel from LG-Display – Apple plans to use OLED-Panels for iTv?
Rumors about an Apple OLED TV started circulating in 2011 , and every so often we hear another report that suggests that such a TV will be released soon. Yesterday The Korea Herald that a local Korean company (which can only be LG Display) produced 65″ OLED sample panels for Apple. Apple’s reported plan is to launch the OLED TV in 2015, but the plans aren’t final. It seems that Apple originally hoped to start shipping around 2 million 65″ and 77″ LCD TVs in 2014 – but the company was not happy with the LCD display quality and have decided to shift to OLED panels. Apple is also still struggling to sign agreement with content providers. Read more about New rumors suggest LGD is developing 65" OLED TV panels for Apple
Samsung’s Gear Fit is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $199 . The smart wearable fitness band will ship on April 11th. The Gear Fit uses a flexible (curved) 1.84″ (432×128) Super AMOLED display. The Gear Fit is currently #7 in Amazon’s Cell Phone Accessory Kits best selling list . Most of the items in this list cost 2 or 3 dollars, so it may mean that the Galaxy Fit has already been ordered by many people (I’m not sure how popular are those items really int hat list). Read more about Samsung's Galaxy Gear Fit lands on Amazon.com for $199