An OLED-Info reader recently raised the question – where are the OLED laptops and OLED monitors? This is an interesting question. Samsung currently produces AMOLEDs ranging in size from 1.63″ for wearables to 10.5″ tablet displays and LG Display is mass producing 55″, 65″ and even 77″ OLED TVs . Samsung 12.1 inch laptop prototype, 2009 It seems that technically there shouldn’t be a problem producing 13-15 inch OLED panels for laptops or even 20-25 inch panels for monitors. In terms of pixel density, these panels will be simpler to make compared to Samsung’s mobile phone panels. Even a 13″ 4K laptop panel will require only 339 PPI – much lower than SDC’s latest 5.1″ QHD panels (577 PPI). And of course SDC can start with a 15″ FHD panel (146 PPI) which is easier to produce. Read more about Where are the OLED monitors and OLED laptops?
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SinoWealth , an IC developer from Shanghai, currently offers PMOLED drivers, but the company is now starting to develop AMOLED drivers as well. In a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the company said that it is optimistic about an “explosive growth of the domestic AMOLED market in the next few years”. The company also expects its AMOLED driver to be used in a future holographic phone. Read more about SinoWealth sees an explosive Chinese AMOLED market in the next few years
Last month Japan Display , Sony and Panasonic announced the formation of a new OLED company. JOLED, funded by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, will be established formally in January 2015, and will focus mainly on medium sized OLEDs for tablet applications. JDI 5.2-inch FHD OLED prototype One of the key questions surrounding JOLED is the technology choice. While Sony (and JDI, which is basing its OLED program on Sony’s tech) is using small-molecule OLEDs and an evaporation process, Panasonic based its OLED development on Sumitomo’s P-OLED materials and printing technologies. Read more about OLEDNet: JOLED to use Sony's OLED technology and Panasonic's production fab
Samsung explains why Super-Amoled is a must have – Super-Amoled vs LCD in a infographic from Samsung
The Galaxy TAb S series from Samsung Display use the best OLED Display on the market. The two models of the Tablet Pc series offer a Quad HD 2560×1600 pixel Super AMoled. This ist currently the hightest resolution for Tablet pcs, the 10.5 inch model has RGB Stripe Pixels 287 ppi, the 8.4 inch has Diamond Pixel and Sub Pixel Rendering with 361 ppi. The Galaxy Tab S series has also a improved Brightness like the S5. The Tab S has 546 nits and 415 nits under manual Brightness. Best Viewing Angle Performance with a LCD you lost 55 percent or greater brightness at a 30 degree Viewing Angle, not with the SUper-Amoled in the Tab-S Here the lab says it is much smaller than 21 percent decrease in Brightness at 30 degrees. The lab says that this display has the most Accurate Colors for sRGB/Rec.709 standard. Why is this important?
Korea’s Ministry Of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) is launching a new OLED lighting industry support fund, with plans to invest 22 billion Won ($21.5 million) over the next five years. The project will kick start at the end of September 2014. The new initiative is called “OLED Lighting Industry Cluster Construction Business”, and the MOTIE aims to help local companies kick start manufacturing processes, prototype production, standard and measurement systems, help with a comprehensive information network and marketing support, and more. Read more about Korea launches a $21 million OLED lighting drive
Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone on September 3rd, and a new leak from Indonesia confirms previous reports saying that this new phone will sport a 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display. Some reports suggested that Samsung may release two Note 4 variants, one with a regular display and one with a curved one. A senior VP at Samsung Electronics even said that the Note 4 will have a “new form factor “. Read more about New leak confirms a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED for the Galaxy Note 4
Samsung has no plans to introduce new OLED TVs in the US, but can enter the market quickly when required
Samsung took a step back from the OLED TV market a while back. While the company released the S9C curved OLED TV back in June 2013 , they never followed up with newer models and actually stopped OLED TV production and marketing. Samsung Electronics US chief said yesterday that the company has no plans to release new OLED TVs in the US, but they can “respond quickly” in this market if they see consumer demand. This is in stark contrast to LG Electronics which has just recently released a new OLED TV in the US , and who’s planning to introduce 65″ 4K TVs soon . Read more about Samsung has no plans to introduce new OLED TVs in the US, but can enter the market quickly when required
TCL Group announced that it is going to raise 5.7 billion RMB ($926 million) in a private placement (there will be 10 different investors) to build CSOT ‘s T2 8.5-Gen fab. This fab will use Oxide-TFT substrates and will produce both LCDs and AMOLEDs. The company filed information which specifically mentioned that this fab is important due for the future OLED technology. CSOT’s 8.5-Gen Oxide-TFT fab was discussed back in July 2013 , but we do not have any information regarding its capacity and how CSOT plans to split it between LCD and AMOLED production. A $926 million investment is not very large for such a fab, so this is probably just the first production line. Earlier estimates for the cost of this fab were 24.4 billion RMB (just over $4 billion) . Read more about TCL to raise $926 million towards CSOT's 8.5-Gen LCD/OLED T2 fab
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On March 2014 Motorola showed their first smartwatch, the beautiful Moto 360 . This Google Android Wear OS device uses a round display, which is probably an OLED but we’re not sure. Motorola sent out invitations today to a launch event on September 4th, and they will probably finally unveil this interesting device. From the invitation, it seems that Motorola will also show new smartphones, including the follow-up to their flagship Moto X with it’s 4.7″ 720p AMOLED display. Motorola has been using AMOLEDs for several of its phones in past years, so it’s likely their new devices will also use OLED displays. Read more about Motorola to reveal the Moto 360 and new smartphones on September 4th
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The Galaxy Alpha is a stylish slim smartphone with a metal case and lower-specification hardware compared to Samsung’s GS5 . It sports a 4.7″ 720p Super AMOLED display, an octa-core CPU, a rather small 1860 mAh battery, NFC, fingerprint scanner and a 12 mp camera. The Galaxy Alpha will launch in September 2014. Samsung says that this phone’s design is the new evolution in the Galaxy series, which may mean that the new Note 4 or possibly Galaxy S6 may adopt such a premium design too.
New OLED gadget: Samsung Galaxy Alpha