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Recent OLED News

IHS details the production costs of smartphone OLED displays, say rigid OLEDs carry a 20% premium over LCDs

IHS released its LCD and OLED smartphone display cost model for Q3 2018. According to IHS, a 5.7" 2560x1440 rigid OLED costs $18.62 to produce, a full-display flexible curved 5.8" 2880x1440 OLED costs $22.61 and a Notch-type 5.9" 2438x1125 OLED costs $28.18 to produce.



It is not clear how IHS estimates yields - from our information SDC's production yields are much higher compared to the new makers such as BOE and LG Display - which means that yielded costs are much lower at SDC's mature OLED fabs.

Fuji Chimera: the AMOLED microdisplay market will reach $75 million by 2021 (10.9% CAGR)

Fuji Chimera Research Institute says that the global microdisplay market reached $161 million in 2018, with AMOLED taking up a market share of 27.8%. LCoS is still the leading technology with a market share of 59.7%.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

Fuji Chimera expects the OLED microdisplay market to grow to $75 million by 2021 - a CAGR of 10.9%. The average unit price for an OLED microdisplay will reach $32 (35% higher than LCoS microdisplays).

Korean researchers develop transparent and foldable perovskite-based LEDs

Researchers from Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology developed a new perovskite-based LED (PeLEDs) which are flexible enough to fold and are also transparent. It seems as if these LEDs are similar to OLED devices and provide area-lighting and not point-lighting like inorganic LED chips.

Korean research team develops translucent PeLED that can be folded image

Perovskite-based LEDs have been demonstrated before, but this is the first time a transparent and flexible one has been developed, according to the researchers. Perovskite LEDs feature high electron mobility, good color purity, and easy color control.

New OLED gadget: Philips OLED804 / OLED854 TVs

Philip's OLED804 and OLED854 TVs are the top of the company's 2019 TV lineup, announced in January 2019. Both TVs feature 55" and 65" 4K WRGB OLED panels (made by LG Display), Philips' 3-gen P5 Perfect Picture Engine, Ambilight on three sides, HLG and HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

Philips OLED TV 804 and  854 announcement (2019, TechRadar)

The Philips 804 OLED TV and the 854 OLED TVs are both based on Android OS (v9) with a built-in Google Assistant (the TVs are also certified as "Works with Alexa" so can be controlled via an Amazon Echo speaker). Philips says that the new display engine (3-gen P5 processor) improves noise reduction and contrast. The OLED panels themselves have a maximum brightness of 1000 nits. The 2.1 50-watt sound system supports Dolby Atoms.

New OLED gadget: ALLDOCUBE X

The ALLDOCUBE X is a high-end tablet designed for movies and music that features a 10.5" 2560x1600 Super AMOLED display. The tablet features a mediaTek MT8176 CPU coupled with a IMG Power VR GX6250 GPU and high-end AKM Hi-Fi Audio.

ALLDOCUBE X photo

The ALLDOCUBE X runs on Android 8.1 and comes with 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a MicroSD slot. There's also fingerprint scanner, a large 8,000mAh battery. The ALLDOCUBE X is now shipping globally via AliExpress ($275) or Amazon. Note: affiliate links to Amazon and AliExpress.

Here come the OLED laptops - SDC to start producing 15.6" UHD OLEDs next month

Samsung Display announced that it will start mass producing its new 15.6" UHD (3840x2160) OLED display panels in February 2019. SDC is targeting premium laptops, as these ultra high resolution panels are optimized for gaming, graphic design and video streaming.

HP Spectre x360 15 photo

At CES we saw three companies that announced 15" OLED laptops - HP with its Spectre x360, Lenovo with the Yoga C730 and Dell with the XPS 15, Dell G7 15 and the Alienware m15. It is likely that at least some of these laptops will start shipping in March 2019 when SDC can start supplying the panels.

New 960fps videos show the fast refresh cycle of high-end AMOLED displays

BlurBusters posted an interesting article that uses high-speed video (960fps) capture to show the advantages of OLED displays over LCDs in terms of response time.

In the video above, you can see the almost instantaneous response times of the 10.5" 2560x1600 Super AMOLED display of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4. In the video below, you can see the response time at 960fps of Apple's MacBook Pro 2015 (IPS LCD). Blurbusters explains that the Gray-to-Gray (GtG) response time of the OLED is around 0.1 ms - far better than the 5 ms one of the LCD.