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In a few weeks CES 2014 will begin, and this show always brings us many new OLED gadgets. New rumors from Korea suggest that Samsung is set to announce a new tablet at CES with a 10.5″ AMOLED display. This follows reports from a few weeks ago from a different Korean site that claimed that Samsung is developing two new tablets that sport AMOLED displays – an 8″ one and a 10″ one . So far the only OLED tablet by Samsung was the the 2011 Galaxy Tab 7.7 with its 7.7″ Super AMOLED Plus 1280×800 display. According to ETNews, Samsung only sold 500,000 such devices (it was a premium tablet). But this time Samsung will be more aggressive and hopes to sell over 5 million of those new 10.5″ tablets. If they manage to pull this off, this tablet wil be followed by 8″ and 13″ AMOLED tablets. Read more about Will Samsung launch a 10.5" AMOLED tablet at CES 2014 next month?
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Samsung Display (SDC) was established in 2012 as a merger a merger between Samsung Mobile Display and S-LCD. SDC is the world’s largest display maker that produces both LCD and OLED panels for mobile devices and TVs. The company announced a couple of days ago that it integrated its OLED division with the LCD division. SDC now wants to realize “organic integration” between OLED and LCD divisions. They also integreated their sales and marketing divisions in an effort to simplify display marketing. We know that SDC sees OLED as the leading future display technology (with a great emphasis on flexible displays) so this move may be yet another step towards SDC’s transition to OLED technologies. Read more about Samsung Display integrates their OLED and LCD divisions
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Reports from Korea say that Samsung is talking about using an LCD display in the upcoming Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 mobile phones – mostly in an attempt to reduce costs. Samsung is facing competition from lower-cost Android phones and need to lower the cost of their phones. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung started adopting AMOLED displays in their high-end mobile phones years ago, but whenever people start discussing the next one, there are always rumors that they will switch back to LCD. It happened with the Note 3 and with the GS4 . As we know, both phones use Super AMOLED panels. Read more about Rumors suggest Samsung may use an LCD in the GS5 and the Note 4
According to Korea’s Naver portal, Samsung is developing two new tablets that sport AMOLED displays – an 8″ one and a 10′ one. One of them will be launched together with the Galaxy S5 (which may go into production as early as January 2014 ). Samsung’s AMOLED tablets will be high-end ones, aimed to grab market share from Apple’s new iPad and iPad mini. Samsung will continue to use LCDs is low-cost and mid-range tablets. Until these new tablets are launched (if the story is correct), the only OLED tablet by Samsung was the the 2011 Galaxy Tab 7.7 with its 7.7″ Super AMOLED Plus 1280×800 display. Read more about Will Samsung release 8" and 10" AMOLED tablets soon?
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Korean news site ETNews reports that Samsung plans to release two main models of its upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship phone – a standard plastic-bodied flat phone and a premium one that will sport a flexible OLED and a metal case. It’ll be interested to see whether Samsung simply curved the premium S5 (like the Galaxy Round ) or adopt a more radical design ( wrap-around display or even a foldable one, although frankly these are only expected in 2015 ). YOUM prototype phone, CES 2013 ETNews reports that initial production will begin in January 2014, and mass production will begin in February. This was also the case with the Galaxy S4 (which was announced on March 15 2013 ). It’s unlikely that Samsung will have enough flexible OLED capacity to supply such a flagship phone so it makes sense they will only adopt it in a premium model. This is exactly what Samsung did with the flat Galaxy Note 3 and the curved Galaxy Round . Read more about Will Samsung offer a premium Galaxy S5 with a flexible AMOLED?
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Engadget posted a short hands-on review with LG’s G Flex curved smartphone . While they like the display and understand that this is just an early stage of curved and flexible displays, they say that “there doesn’t seem to be much of a point for people to buy into the idea”. Overall it is a pretty good first-gen product, but still a novelty. Compared to the Galaxy Round , Engadget’s reviewer says that Samsung’s phone feels better in the hand (he says that the G Flex is very large and pretty uncomfortable in the hand and a little awkward to handle) and it offers a higher-resolution display (even though it is smaller in every dimension). Read more about Engadget reviews the LG G Flex, says it's "a novelty device", likes the Galaxy Round better
Korea’s UBI Research posted an article comparing the picture quality of Samsung’s and LG’s curved OLED TVs . Overall it seems that UBI prefers LG’s OLED TV as it offers better black levels and can better express the original image. UBI says that Samsung’s T V offers excellent sharpness while LG’s TV has better contrast (black levels). Samsung’s TV suffers from low picture quality though due to excessive gamma correction to improve brightness. As I said before, UBI says that LG’s TV is better able to express the original image. Regarding viewing angles, Samsung’s has excellent angles for white while LG’s TV has better viewing angles for red and blue. Read more about UBI Reserach compares Samsung's and LG's curved OLED TVs
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According to Reuters, Samsung says they have shipped over 800,000 Galaxy Gear smartwatches since September. This numbers are probably shipment to retailers and not actual sales. In addition, most Gear watches are sold bundled to Galaxy Note 3 phones (some operators offer them free of charge if you join a certain plan). In any case, Samsung believes the Gear is now the “most sold wearable watch available in the marketplace”. Read more about Samsung ships over 800,000 Galaxy Gear watches, only a handful of Galaxy Round phones
According to new rumors, Samsung plans to release a smartphone in 2014 that will feature a three-sided display. This is a YOUM OLED display that wraps around the edges, probably similar to the prototypes the company showed at CES 2013: YOUM phone prototype, CES 2013 According to the rumors, the phone will be released in 2014 (probably the second half of the year). Samsung hasn’t decided yet whether this will be a Galaxy Note phone, or a Galaxy S one, or an altogether new class of phones. Read more about Will samsung release a phone with a three-sided YOUM display in 2014?
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The Oculus Rift is a VR HMD being developed by Oculus VR. The high profile company raised $16 million (partly by crowdfunding) and already offer “development kits” HMDs. Their consumer version (Oculus CV) will hopefully be released in 2014 and will feature improved components, for example a Full-HD display. The current versions use LCD displays (7″ in size, although early prototypes used 5.6″). Oculus VR development edition Yesterday, at Oculus’ development forums, a new discussion suggests that Oculus aims to adopt an OLED display in the Oculus CV. They quote Oculus CEO Brandon Iribe as saying that the need a much faster display than the current one, and that OLED was the technology that could achieve that. Read more about Will Oculus Rift adopt an OLED display for their consumer HMD?
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