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Recent OLED news:
Philips today announced the Lumiblade Innovators Club - a call for 100 worldwide lighting developer partners that will "take OLED lighting to the next level", and invest in the future of lighting.
This innovators club (which costs €5,000 to join) gives access to a special support team and technical advice - and most crucially Philips' marketing and media support. Philips actually wants to make these partners the central subject of its OLED brand campaign.
Samsung Display's CEO, Park Dong-gun, said that the time is not yet ripe for OLED TV panel investment for SDC. While Samsung already have the related production and infrastructure technology to produce OLED TVs, they are still waiting for decisions at Samsung Electronics.
This is of course in stark contrast to LG, who's far more committed to OLED TVs, and it seems that LG's WRGB technology was a better bet (at least for the moment) than Samsung's direct-emission tech.
LG is selling more OLED TVs in a month then they did in the whole of 2013, will bring prices down further
There's an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal dicussing LG's OLED TV push. According to the WSJ, LG is currently selling more OLED TVs in a month than it did in all of 2013. This is great, of course, but LG probably only sold a few thousand (some estimate around 3,000) OLED TVs in 2013, so monthly volume is still very low.
While nobody expected the OLED TV market to take off in 2014, this will hopefully change in 2015. Towards the end of 2014 LG is expected to bring its M2 production fab online, which should increase capacity dramatically (about 150,000 55" OLED panels in a month at 100% yield) - and bring prices even lower. Even today, LG says that production yields are approaching those of LCDs, which will help them be even more flexible with prices.
Taiwan's ITRI institute demonstrated several new AMOLED prototypes at Touch Taiwan 2014. First up, is Taiwan's first foldable AMOLED, a 6" full-color panel that can be folded inwards over 10,000 times.
The 6" panel can be folded to a radius of 7.5 mm. The whole panel is just 0.1 mm thick and it was developed with ITRI's own FlexUPD technology which can be used to turn an existing OLED glass line to produce polyimide-based flexible panels.
Apple sent out press invitations to an event on September 9th. They did not say anything regarding this event, besides saying "wish we could say more". It is widely believed that Apple will reveal the iPhone 6 in this event. Apple's new phone is expected to come with a larger display (some say Apple will unveil two new models, one with a large 5.7" panel) - and it won't be an OLED.
But Apple may also surprise and finally unveil the iWatch smart watch wearable device. .Rumors have been circulating about this device for almost 2 years now. Most of these "reports" suggest a flexible OLED display, around 1.3 - 1.6 inch in size. LG Display is believed to be the exclusive supplier of this display, although there's some speculation that Apple wants Samsung Display to be its second supplier for those plastic-based flexible AMOLEDs.
Only three days ago I posted that both Samsung and LG are expected to launch new flexible OLED smart watches, and today both Korean companies pre-announced their new devices before the IFA trade show. Indeed they both used plastic-based flexible OLED panels.
So first up is the beautiful LG G Watch R (shown above) - a circular Android Wear smartwatch that use a 1.3" 320x320 (246 PPI) plastic (flexible) OLED panel. The G Watch R will launch in "early Q4 2014", price isn't disclosed yet.
The IFA 2014 event starts next week (on September 5th, in Berlin) and I think it's going to be a very interesting trade show.
We have three confirmed unveiling events for next week. Samsung will show the Galaxy Note 4. It's pretty much confirmed that the new large smartphone will use a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display, but some reports suggest Samsung will also show a premium variant with a curved flexible OLED panel (I don't think this is likely, but you never know).