Today, LG Display announced that it will be focusing the bulk of its display research and production funds into OLED technology. This will include TVs, smartphones, wearables, and even automobiles.
From now to 2018, LG states that it will be investing at least $8.47 billion into the technology.
LG Display announced today that it will invest KRW 1.05 trillion ($908m) into a 6th generation flexible OLED production line to produce OLED displays more efficiently. The plan is expected to start sometimes in the third quarter of 2015 and will be completed by the second quarter of 2017. Read more
Samsung Display has today announced the separation of its LCD and OLED business units. These units used to be standalone ventures up until 2013, when Samsung decided to unify them.
Flexible displays gained popularity nearly two years ago when the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round were released. Companies have been hard at work to invest in the technology required to output devices with flexible/curved displays since. There are a few choices when it comes to the specific type of display used, but it seems that OLED will dominate in 2015.
If you were hoping to get your hands on the interestingly shaped Galaxy Round anytime soon, chances are you will not. According to SamMobile, an insider informed them that Samsung is only looking to produce a very limited quantity of the device. The reason for doing so would allow Samsung to test curved OLED displays for future devices (pending their success). In the meantime, you can wait until next month for when the purported LG G Flex will be announced.
LG Display has announced it will start mass production of flexible OLED displays for smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013. The flexible displays will support ultra high-definition and besides the benefits of being flexible,will be very thin as well. According to LG’s official statement, “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The production facility in Paju is expected to be able to produce 12,000 sheets on a monthly basis, though it is not clear how many devices could be produced from a single sheet. Read more
Samsung’s fabled flexible displays are one of the most hotly anticipated technological developments in recent memory, and today MobiLeaks has brought us a leaked concept showing off one such display. As you can see in the picture, this leak is a full render of a new Samsung 10″ tablet, and if thats not enough, the leak came with some specs too. The flexible screen is a full 1080p HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) and has a front facing 3-megapixel camera. Inside is Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, an 8000 mAh battery and 16 or 32 GB storage options, expandable via a microSD card slot. Read more
With the kick-off of SID Display Week 2013 in Vancouver came some pretty neat new concepts from Qualcomm. The company demoed a 1.5-inch panel embedded on the top of an “always-on” smartphone and on the face of a smartwatch.
Perhaps the most interesting display was a 5.1-inch panel with a spectacular 2,560 by 1,440 (577 ppi) resolution. While up close, the images seem much more crisp than on the current top-of-the-line displays, the colors don’t quite pop like they do on other handsets. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. The screen has a 6x power advantage over current LED and OLED displays. This means that your phone could go days without charging. But don’t get over excited, because Qualcomm says that this technology is still a few years from mass-production. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what else the future brings for smartphone technology.
Could the end of broken displays truly be upon us? It appears that Samsung is certainly working hard behind the scenes for that to be a reality. Early rumors are reporting that with Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone, the manufacturing giant is also planning on bringing a major first to the industry— the world’s first plastic OLED display. Early details highlight this breakthrough display will not only be light in capacity, but will also be of a RGB stripe variety and arrive on the Galaxy Note III in a 5.99-inch display capacity.
Unfortunately, we have yet to see any news about what the exact resolution of this plastic display will arrive in, as well as if Samsung will be able to produce enough display units to meet demand of the Galaxy Note III— but we’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we get additional details.
It appears that the world will have to wait a wee bit longer for Samsung’s innovative flexible display to hit devices. ETnews reports that because of the flexible display’s vulnerability to moisture and oxygen, Samsung’s display unit is reviewing the encapsulation technologies to help protect the flexible display unit and more importantly, the guts of a device found underneath the display. In other words— Samsung hasn’t quite figured out how to have a flexible display that wouldn’t allow moisture and air to seep in any given device, so it is working on alternative methods which would essentially seal the flexible display of a device, regardless of how a device is bent or angled.
Because of the delay, the world should expect to see the arrival of the first smartphones featuring flexible displays by the end of 2013. Hopefully Sammy will work out all those kinks by then or it’ll see its competition beat it to the punch.