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Samsung just sent press invitation to their Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event, which will take place on September 3rd. It’s highly likely that the Galaxy Note 4 will be announced during the event (they even say “note the date”). As always before a major Samsung launch, we heard several reports (rumors?) regarding this device. Last month SamMobile claimed to have exclusive info detailing a QHD (2560×1440) AMOLED panel. On the same day, the Korea Times reported that Samsung will actually unveil two Note 4 variants – on with a regular flat display, and another with a curved one. A month earlier, a senior VP at Samsung Electronics said that the Note 4 will have a “new form factor” . Read more about Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd, what should we expect?
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Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3rd, what should we expect?
A few days ago Samsung released their financial results for Q2 2014 . While it wasn’t a good quarter for Samsung, OLED increasing slightly driven by new high-end smartphones, and SDC is increasing AMOLED sales to mid-range phones. During the company’s conference call, some more interesting information was revealed. Samsung’s head of IR says that while OLED sales improved compared to the previous quarter, the improvement was less than Samsung’s expectation. Samsung actually expects that it will be challenging to improve OLED profits because of SDC’s main customers ( mostly Samsung Electronics itself, actually ) “continuous reduction of panel inventory and product mix change to increase offerings of mid-end products”. Supplying to lower-range products may mean lower margins for SDC . Read more about Samsung confirms that the A3 Gen-6 flexible OLED fab will begin production in H1 2015
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Samsung confirms that the A3 Gen-6 flexible OLED fab will begin production in H1 2015
Last month Oculus started to ship their second-gen (DK2) development kits – for over 40,000 pre-order customers. Those Gen-2 devices switched the 7″ LCD used in the first-generation headsets to newer AMOLED panels. Back when they unveiled the DK2 , Oculus explained that they wanted a low persistence display, as it makes an incredible difference. Oculus said that their OLED runs much faster than any other OLED panel on the market. It was always assumed the panel maker was SDC (they even announced a co-development effort later on), but the actual display was unknown. Today iFixit posted a teardown of the DK2, and it turns out that the display is the same 5.7″ FHD Super AMOLED panel used in the Galaxy Note 3 (you can see it in the lower-left part of the image above). In fact, Oculus uses the exact module, with the touch-controller in tact and the camera holes and all. Read more about Oculus' DK2 uses the Galaxy Note 3 AMOLED panel, overclocked for lower persistence
Samsung released their financial results – and it was not a good quarter for the Korean company. While they earned $6.1 billion, both mobile phone and tablet sales were weaker than expected (Samsung shipped only 8 million tablets, compared to 13 million in the previous quarter). Samsung Display’s OLED earning were actually good – increasing slightly driven by new high-end smartphones. SDC is increasing AMOLED sales to mid-range phones. Read more about SDC reports slightly higher AMOLED sales
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Next month it’s going to be one year since LG launched their curved OLED TV in the US (for $14,999 ). LG kept lowering the price of this TV, and today I found out that it is being sold on Amazon.com for $3,299 . That’s an almost 80% price drop in less than a year! In fact, LG’s OLED TV now costs less than Samsung’s curved 4K LED-LCD TV, the UN55HU9000 ( which sells on Amazon today for $3,497 ). So now you can choose – a sharper curved 4K LCD or a FHD OLED with its infinite contrast, better colors and slimmer design. Read more about OLED TV prices keep falling: LG's 55" curved FHD TV now down to $3,299 in the US
There’s an interesting report from ETNews stating that OLED TV producers (LG and Samsung, at the moment) will focus on UHD resolutions on their OLED TVs. It makes sense because OLEDs are marketed as premium TVs, so they cannot have LCDs have any advantages except the price. ETNews says that Samsung aims to re-enter the OLED TV market and release 55″ UHD OLED panels by the end of 2014. This will be great, if only to show that Samsung did not really exit the OLED TV market. Samsung does face some technical challenges, and even if they do release UHD TVs, they will probably not be able to really mass produce them and so prices will be high. Read more about ETNews: Samsung to release UHD OLED TVs in 2014
ETNews: Samsung to release UHD OLED TVs in 2014
In March 2013 Oculus started accepting pre-orders for the second-gen development kit (the DK2) – which adopts a new low-persistence OLED. A couple of days ago, Oculus said they are starting to ship the first batch $350 kits. In the first stage they will ship 10,000 units ouf of the 45,000 pre-orders they got (the rest will have to wait a bit, probably till August). Oculus changed their design from an LCD to an OLED because they really want a low persistence display. They say that “itâ€™s incredible the difference low persistence makes… Itâ€™s mind-blowing”. The OLED display runs at a high refresh rate – it switches in well under a millisecond. This is the fastest OLED on the market , supplied by Samsung. Read more about Oculus starts shipping their OLED-based DK2 virtual reality headset prototypes
According to a new report by Korea’s ETNews, both Samsung Display and LG Display managed to achieve major breakthrough in their OLED production processes. These new achievements will raise the production yields of OLED TV and flexible OLEDs . So first up is LG Display, who applied a co-planar TFT with a top-gate structure that enabled the Oxide-TFT layer to become less vulnerable to the etching process. This results in better yields. This design has not yet been applied to the mass production lines. But in the upcoming M2 production line , LGD will use ALD technology instead of the current 2-partition deposition technology. This will reduce costs and improve process time. Read more about Samsung and LG achieved major innovations in their OLED production processes
The Gear Live is Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatch. The watch has the same display used in the Gear 2 smartwatch (1.63″ 320×320 Super AMOLED , 275 PPI). Other features include a 1.2 Ghz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4Gb of storage, LTE, heart rate monitor and a 300 mAh battery. The Gear Live is dust and water resistant. The Gear Live will ship on July 7 for $200.
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New OLED gadget: Samsung Gear Live
DisplayMate posted yet another interesting display shoot-out, this one testing Samsung’s new QHD (2560×1600) Super AMOLED displays used in the upcoming Galaxy Tab S ( 8.4 and 10.5 ) tablets. As these displays are very similar to the GS5 display, it’s not surprising that DisplayMate found those tablets to offer the best performing displays ever. This is yet another testimony to how great OLED displays are – and the rate of improvement in OLEDs is very rapid. As DisplayMate found out, the Galaxy Tab S establishes new records for best Tablet display performance in: Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Lowest Screen Reflectance, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle. These are also the highest resolution tablets at QHD. Read more about DisplayMate: the OLED displays in Samsung's new tablets are the best tablet displays ever tested