UK mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is now offering LG’s G Flex for pre-order. There are several plans available (on both O2 and EE), but the best value one is suggested at £79 ($129) up front and a £52 ($85) monthly cost (the 24-month contract includes unlimited talks, SMS messages and 5GB data). If you order before March 31st, you’ll also get a chance to win an LG 55EA9800 55″ curved OLED TV . Read more about The LG G Flex is now available in the UK
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Global OLED Technology (GOT) filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against eMagin for breach of license agreement. eMagin has been a licensee of GOT’s patent portfolio (which originated at Kodak ) since 1999. GOT says that eMagin breached its patent license agreement by failing to pay annual minimum royalty payments, neglecting to report or pay royalties for the sales of licensed products, and breaching certain confidentiality obligations. Read more about Global OLED Technology sues eMagin for breach of license agreement
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So CES 2014 is now over, and one thing is certain – at least in that event, LG is making a much stronger push into OLED TVs than their arch rival Samsung . While Samsung only showed new 55″ bendable 4K OLED prototypes, LG showed many prototypes and two new products, including a 77″ curved 4K OLED TV that they plan to launch soon for $29,999 . But it seems that it’s not just about TVs on display at CES. A Samsung visual-display VP says that there are significant OLED manufacturing issue s and they only expect cheap OLED TVs to enter the market in 3 or 4 years . LG on the other hand sees a ” rapid shift into OLED TVs “. The market will remain small in 2014 (30,000 to 50,000 units) but LG expects the market to ramp up quickly. Read more about CES Aftermath: is LG taking the lead in OLED TVs?
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The K Blade is a new OLED lamp from Italian designer Riva 1920. It is made from New Zealand’s Kauri wood and has a single Philips OLED panel. Reportedly the OLED brightness is “over 200 lumens”, which is strange as the GL350 Gen-2 , Philips’ brightest panel, is only 200 lumens bright . Maybe they are using a new panel (the GL350 Gen-3 , perhaps? although an earlier report suggested it will feature 300 lumens). The K Blade is actually an affordable OLED lamp – it costs €560 and I think it is now shipping.
New OLED gadget: Riva 1920 K BLADE
Samsung Display world’s first foldable OLED display at CES2014 – 5.68 inch AMOLED foldable and with Touch function from Samsung Display
On a special side event during the CES-2014 at the Encore Hotel, Samsung Display showcased the world first 5.68 inch high resolution AMOLED Display which is foldable . Samsung Display plans to introduce foldable displays for their next generation categories of products. The AMOLED Display use a Plastic Substrate mad with a film-like polyimide (PI) substrate, with this material its possible to produce very very thin displays like paper. Also for the first time Samsung Display reach also the goal to integrate a TSP Touch screen function, realized with a single layer metal mesh material. The Galaxy Round bendable AMOLED Display uses an ITO indium tin oxide film, but with ITO it is not possible to made it flexible because ITO breaks easily. The korean company need another solution an this is metal mesh material that ensures bending property. Samsung Display plans to introduce the first foldable Display in 2015. The showcased foldable AMOLED is only a prototype, to commercialize a foldable display they need realize that the display can be folded more than 1000 of times.
According to ETNews, during CES Samsung Display has been privately showing a new foldable display prototype. SDC continues to develop their foldable OLEDs, and they are still only track to release the first foldable mobile phone in 2015 . SDC Foldable OLED concept, 2013 According to the report, the prototype panel was 5.68″ in size, it uses a polyimide (plastic) substrate and it includes a touch panel. The touch panel uses metal-mesh electrodes instead of ITO (which is brittle and cannot be used in foldable displays). Read more about Samsung privately showed a foldable phone prototype at CES 2014
Samsung privately showed a foldable phone prototype at CES 2014
Samsung’s Visual Display Business executive VP, HS Kim, says that OLED manufacturing issues have been more significant than previously though, and he expects that it will take 3-4 years before cheap OLED TVs really arrive. In the meantime, Samsung will put more focus on UHD (4K) televisions, and they expect the market to really take off in 2014. Samsung’s rival LG, on the other hand, sees a ” rapid shift to OLED technology “. We’re not sure how rapid is that though, as according to LG the OLED TV market will remain small in 2014 – about 30,000 to 50,000 units globally. Read more about Samsung: cheap OLED TVs are still 3-4 years away
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A couple of days ago we reported that China’s Hisense is showing a 55″ flat OLED TV prototype at CES 2014 . According to the video below, company officials say they plan to bring their OLED TV to the market by Q4 2014: As far as I know, the OLED panel itself is provided by LG Display (who’s also providing OLED TV panels for China’s Skyworth ). Read more about Hisense aims to bring their OLED TV to the market by Q4 2014
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A couple of days ago we reported that Samsung is showing 55″ bendable OLED TVs at CES , and today we found this video showing Samsung’s flexible OLED TVs in action: According to the video, those bendable TV prototypes feature UHD (4K) resolution. As a reminder, Samsung is also showing 85″ bendable TV prototypes , but those are apparently LCD panels. LG, of course also unveiled a bendable OLED of their own – a 77″ 4K one . Read more about Samsung's bendable 55" UHD OLED TVs on video
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Samsungs Kim says cheap OLED-Tv in three or four years! – Major problems to produce cheap large OLED-panels
In an interview with USATODAY the vice president of Samsung Visual Display Business HS Kim says that Samsung Display has problems at the manufacturing process. To solve this major problems Kim thinks that Samsung Display need more time and he think it will take around three or four years to produce cost competitive large OLED-Television devices. The price of an OLED-TV is the greatest barrier, not many consumers tried to purchase OLED-Tvs at that kind of price Kim said. So remember the KN55S9CAF a curved 55 inch OLED-Display from Samsung cost about 8.000-9.000 Euros. The price is so high because Samsung Display as difficulties at the OLED manufacturing process. Many companies are working on cheap Organic light panels, we think the solution is InkJet Printing . Merck plans to co-operate her with LG-Display , Kateeva also plans to work with some korean gigant. He admitted that at this time last year, he had predicted that it would take two or three years, indicating that the manufacturing issues are more significant than previously thought. That are bad news but LG-Display use WOLED technology and this kind of technology is easier in the manufacturing process. So we think that LG-Display go on to push OLED-Television as fast as possible, so the chance to be the leadership is great for LG.