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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 , some people (yes, including me) were a bit disappointing by the display. It seems that it’s basically the display used in the GS4 , only slightly larger (5.1″ vs 4.99″). But it turns out that Samsung does include a couple of new display related technologies in the GS5. According to PC Magazine , the GS5 includes a custom image chip that dynamically adjusts the color gamut and contrast based on ambient light. This makes the colors much better under different lighting conditions. And it’s bound to make DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira really happy – he’s been long talking about how OLED’s wide color gamut can be used in ambient light conditions to improve the image quality . Read more about The Galaxy S5's display related innovations
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Samsung announced that it has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones – including the GS1 , GS2 , GS3 and GS4 . It probably also includes all the variants (such as the GS4 zoom and the GS4 mini ). Virtually all of those phones use Super AMOLED displays. In January 2013, Samsung said it sold 100 million Galaxy S devices . This means that it took them a little over a year to sell 100 million more. In 2013, by the way, the company produced over 200 million AMOLED panels. This means that the company’s most popular phones actually account to less then 50% of SDC’s OLED production. The rest are mostly used in other Samsung phones (like the Galaxy Notes family), phones for other companies (such as Nokia and Motorola ) and digital cameras .
Yesterday Samsung unveiled their latest Galaxy S series smartphone, the Galaxy S5 . Samsung says that the new phone was designed to “focus on what matters most to consumers”. The display is a 5.1″ FHD Super AMOLED display (seems to be the same display as on the GS4 , only a bit larger). Other features of the GS5 include 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 new flagship device will launch on April 11 in 150 countries worldwide. Read more about Samsung launches the GS5 with a 5.1" FHD Super AMOLED
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Bloomberg reports that HTC is developing three new wearable devices. The company will demonstrate the first one at the MWC event later this week, but will only show the watch privately to mobile carriers. The first watch will be based on Qualcomm’s Toq device - which uses a small touch Mirasol display. Qualcomm Toq smartwatch The second watch wil be based on Google’s Now service, and this one will use an AMOLED display. The third wearable device will be an electronic bracelet. That’s all we currently know. According to Bloomberg the information comes from a person with “direct knowledge of the plans”. Read more about Is HTC developing an AMOLED smartwatch?
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In September 2013, Veeco acquired Synos Technology for $185 million . Synos’ FAST-ALD encapsulation technology is aimed towards flexible OLED displays. Back then Veeco said that the company’s first FAST-ALD pilot production system has already been installed, and they expect a manufacturing ramp to begin in 2014. Yesterday Veeco reported their financial results for Q4 2013 (which was a challenging year for Veeco). The company said that they “received a purchase order from the world leader in mobile OLED displays for a first-generation FAST-ALD prototype system”. The world’s leader in mobile OLEDs is certainly Samsung Display (as they currently hold a market share of over 95%). Read more about Veeco sold a FAST-ALD flexible OLED encapsulation prototype system to Samsung
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Even though earlier rumors suggested Samsung will adopt an LCD for the upcoming GS5 phone , it was later reported that the GS5 will actually adopt a 5.2″ WQHD (2560 x 1440, 560 PPI) AMOLED panel. Today, at a display technology roadmap seminar, Samsung confirmed that indeed they are developing a QHD AMOLED panel. Samsung will not stop at 560 PPI. The company is actually planning an even higher density panel – a UHD panel that will feature 860 PPI. It will be very hard to justify such a high density on a mobile device, but I guess it’s a marketing race that is hard to stop. At any case, it seems that Samsung will be adopting the Diamond Pixel architecture for those high resolution displays. Read more about Samsung Display confirms is is developing a QHD 5" AMOLED panel
According to ZDNet, Samsung is developing the successor to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Gear 2 will feature a totally different design and use a flexible AMOLED . ZDNet says that the company will reveal the new smartwatch in London in March or April. According to earlier reports, Samsung sold over 800,000 Galaxy Gear devices. The smartwatch is considered to be a failure by most analysts and this explains why Samsung needs to change the design drastically. Read more about Samsung's Galaxy Gear 2 to feature a flexible OLED and a new design?
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Samsung: OLED shipments down in Q4 2013, but the market will expand as OLEDs will be adopted in more products
Samsung reported their financial results for Q4 2013. Operating profit was lower than expected at $7.8 billion (compared to $8.3 billion in Q4 2012). Regarding OLEDs, Samsung says that total OLED shipments were actually down during the quarter, even though “new product sales increased”. Samsung however is expecting the OLED market to grow, as they plan to start adopting OLEDs in more products – including mid-range smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. The company will also launch “upgraded” flexible OLED panels in 2014. Read more about Samsung: OLED shipments down in Q4 2013, but the market will expand as OLEDs will be adopted in more products
Printed electronics developer Plextronics filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has a debt of $33 million, and wasn’t able to find a buyer or an investor. The company plans to put itself up for auction and has an opening offer from Solvay (who offers $24 million to extinguish debt and $8.5 in cash). Plextronics was /developing materials for printed electronics devices – mostly OLEDs and OPVs. The company offers HIL and HTL OLED stack materials and printable electrodes. The company’s investors include Solvay , Samsung and Universal Display . Read more about Plextronics files for bankruptcy, puts itself up for auction
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Samsung announced that they shipped over 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones in South Korea alone since launching the original Galaxy Note in 2011. A month ago the company announced that they shipped over 10 million Note 3 smartphones globally in little over 2 months, and they also shipped over 38 million Galaxy Note and Note 2 smartphones globally since launching the original Galaxy Note in 2011 All of Samsung’s Galaxy Note models use large HD Super AMOLED displays. The original Note had a 5.3″ 1280×800 OLED, the Note 2 had a 5.5″ OLED display (1280×720, non-Pentile ) and the latest Note 3 sports a 5.7″ Full-HD Super AMOLED display (386 PPI, PenTile ). Read more about Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy Note phones in South Korea
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