LG: it is too early for us to launch a foldable smartphone, even though the technology is ready

LG Electronics says that it will introduce its first 5G smartphone (the V50 ThinQ 5G, which will probably use a pOLED display) in MWC 2019 next week - as it hopes this will help it rebound its smartphone business. At MWC it will also launch its G8 ThinQ with its Crystal Sound OLED.LG V40 ThinQ photo

Regarding foldable OLED technology, the LG's president says that it is still premature to release a foldable phone. The company says that its technology is ready - and in fact LG already introduced its rollable OLED TV which is even one step ahead of foldable technology. If consumer reaction to foldable smartphones is positive the company is "fully ready to respond".

Panasonic announces its 2019 OLED TV lineup

Panasonic officially announced its complete 2019 OLED TV lineup - which includes four TVs. All of Panasonic's 2019 TVs are available in 55" and 65" and feature Panasonic's "ultra-powerful" HCX PRO Intelligent processor, HDR, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, HLG photo and are fine tuned by Hollywood colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld.

Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV photo

The four models are the GZ950, GZ1000, GZ1500 and GZ2000. The GZ950 is the "entry-level" model, while the the GZ2000 is Panasonic's flagship TV which offers an "extremely high image quality and color accuracy" and very high end audio. Interestingly the GZ2000 uses a "bespoke Professional Edition 4K OLED panel exclusively customized by Panasonic R&D engineers". The panels are WRGB AMOLEDs made by LGD.

New OLED gadget: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 II is a compact (point-and-shoot) camera that sports 16X zoom (25-400 mm )Leica DC Lens and a 1" 20.1MP sensor. The camera sports a 3" LCD display and a high-speed OLED view finder.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II photo

The FZ1000 II supports 4K video (at 30 fps), continuous shooting performance of about 12 frames per second and features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The FZ1000 II was not officially launched, but Amazon already lists it for $897, saying it will ship on March 31 (it is available for pre-order now).

New OLED gadget: Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

Nikon's NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S are high-end lens for Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras. In a similar way to the Zeiss Batis Sony lens, the new Nikon lens include a small monochrome PMOLED display that shows key settings.

Nikon's NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S photo

Other features of the new lens are Nikon’s new ARNEO coating, which complements Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce flare and ghosting, a dedicated manual focus ring and a Function (L-Fn) button. The new lens are lighter than Nikon's previous comparable lens.

New OLED gadget: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e is a light and thin tablet - it is Samsung's thinnest tablet yet at 5.5 mm. The tablet features a 10.5" WQXGA (2560x1600) Super AMOLED display with a 81.8% screen-to-body ratio.

Samsung Galaxy Tab s5e photoSamsung's Tab S53 offers mid-range performance with a snapdragon 670 octa-core chipset, 4/6 GB of RA and 64/128 GB of storage (with a microSD slot). The 7,040 mAh battery provides up to 14.5 hours.

A group of investors from China and Taiwan to invest up to $700 million in Japan Display

In August 2017, Japan Display announced a last-resort strategic focus on OLED displays as the Japanese display maker failed to understand how quickly the industry will shift to OLED displays. JDI said it will need to raise $1.7 billion if it was to start OLED mass production (hopefully by the end of 2019).

According to Japan's Kyodo News Agency, a group of investors from China and Taiwan have agreed to invest 60-80 billion Yet ($540-721 million USD) in order to bailout JDI. The lead investors will apparently be China's state-backed Silk Road Fund and display maker TPK from Taiwan. In exchange for the investment, the group will take a 30-50% stake in Japan Display.

New OLED gadget: Sony Wena Wrist Pro / Wrist Active

Sony's Wena are smart watch bands that are used to transfer watches into smartwatches. The Wrist Pro can show notifications from your smartphone, count your steps and supports several contacteless payment providers (in Japan). The Wrist Active (even though it is cheaper) adds a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. Both editions include a small white PMOLED display.

Sony Wena Wrist Pro photo (TechRadar)

In addition to the wrist bands, Sony also offers a collection of premium timepieces (watch heads) that fit the new bands.

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