New OLED gadget: Skagen Falster

The Skagen (owned by Fossil) Falster is an Android Wear 2.0 smartphone that features a round AMOLED display (probably 1.4-inch) and Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. It supports Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth (but lacks a GPS and mobile connectivity).

Skagen Falster photo

The Skagen Falster will launch by the end of January 2017 for $275 - $295.

Digitimes: Chinese smartphone makers to start adopting mini-LED backlit LCDs as OLED alternative

According to Digitimes Research, due to the high prices and low availability of OLED displays, China-based smartphone makers (including Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi) are planning to adopt mini LED backlit LCD panels in future smartphones as an alternative to OLED displays.

Oppo A79 photo

DR reports that Chinese phone makers have reached out to Taiwan-based LED makers to start making mini-LED backlighting units by June 2018. While it is true that the OLED market is currently in an over-demand situation, OLED capacity is set to increase sharply in the near future, and IHS estimates that the market will actually enter an over-supply situation in 2018.

Vivo demonstrates the first smartphone to use Synaptic's under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor

In December 2017 Synaptics unveiled a new under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor called Clear ID. Following a year-long collaboration with Synaptics, Chinese phone maker Vivo has unveiled the first device to use such a solution.

Vivo smartphone with Synaptics Clear ID  (CES 2018)

Vivo's smartphone (which does not have a model yet) has a 6" AMOLED display, and it will be released in Asia in Q2 2018. According to the report at Android Authority, the solution is very nice and works quite well, although it is slower than currently available sensors, as it takes 0.7 seconds to unlock the phone (Synaptics says that this is actually on par with regular sensors).

New OLED gadget: Elephone U / U Pro

Elephone's U and U Pro smartphones are high-end smartphones that use a flexible 5.99" 2160×1440 AMOLED display reportedly produced by BOE Display. The Elephone U is powered by a MediaTek chipset, while the U Pro uses a 2.2 Ghz snapdragon 660 and features dual 13MP camera, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

Elephone U photo

The U and U Pro will ship towards the end of January 2018.

Here's Asus' 21.6" ink-jet printed OLED Monitor on video

Earlier this month Asus introduced a new OLED monitor, the 21.6" 3840x2160 (204 PPI) ProArt PQ22UC, which uses a ink-jet printed OLED panel produced by JOLED. The following video shows this new laptop which is said to have a remarkable image quality and a portable design:

Asus did not yet reveal the price of its first OLED monitor, but it did say it will ship by the spring of 2018. JOLED announced a few weeks ago that it started commercial production of 21.6" ink-jet printed 4K OLED panels. JOLED's production capacity is not large as the company is still using a pilot-scale line, but JOLED is seeking to raise $900 million to support its plan to start mass producing OLEDs in 2019.

Skyworth to introduce AI chip powered OLED TVs in 2018 and utilize flexible OLEDs in new appliances

China-based Skyworth announced that it will introduce new AI-chip powered OLED TVs in 2018. The company says that these new chips will "leverage artificial intelligence to search, identify and refactor images as a means to accurately enhance image quality and restore the immersive aspect, delivering a more lifelike viewing experience".

Skyworth has been producing OLED TVs since 2014, when it introduced its first OLED TV, the Tianchi E980. Since then it released several such TVs, the latest one being the W9 'wallpaper' OLED TV introduced in 2017.