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Quantum Dots enhanced LCDs are starting to enter the market, with reports saying that both LG and Samsung will release such TVs in 2015. Michael Grund, the managing director of Merck Korea, however, says that this technology will not have a significant impact on the global TV and display markets - unlike OLED which could be a game changer.
Quantum Dots are used to enhance the color gamut and efficiency of LCD displays. Sony already commercialized quantum-dots TVs and smaller panel display, as the QD-LCDs are far easier to produce compared to OLED TVs.
Samsung hosted an investors forum in NY a few days ago, and it is reported that much of Samsung's focus was on OLED technologies. As we already reported, Samsung Electronics announced that flexible OLED is one of its 3 areas of future growth (especially as they struggle to increase high-end mobile phone sales), and during the conference the company revealed some interesting information and prototypes.
So first up were two new foldable OLED prototypes - a 5.5" (WQXGA, 2048x1526, 464 PPI) panel that folds in half and a 10" tri-foldable AMOLED (Full-HD, 218 PPI).
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DisplayMate: Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 offers the most accurate color reproduction of all mobile displays
DisplayMate published a new article focusing on display color accuracy. Testing the six leading mobile displays, DisplayMate tested which ones perform best in terms of color accuracy. While all displays performed very good, DisplayMate found the Galaxy Note 4 to be the winner in this test, achieving the best results in all tested categories.
Historically, people often complained that Samsung's OLED offer overly saturated colors and inaccurate images. It's great to see OLEDs overcome yet another perceived disadvantage and yet again prove that even at its infancy, OLEDs outperform LCDs in yet another aspect.
Several new reports today suggests that Samsung is accelerating its OLED development. First up is Samsung Electronics, which announced that flexible OLEDs is one of three businesses areas it will focus on for future growth (the other two businesses are fin-FET semiconductors and startup incubating).
Samsung Display, meanwhile, updated that they aim to launch a foldable OLED panel (that can be folded in half) by the end of 2015. This is not really news as it was stated back in 2013, but it's still good to hear they still aim to produce foldable displays next year. SDC also hints at a possible multi-edged smartphone that will succeed the Note Edge which uses a one-sided curved OLED.
According to reports, Samsung Display aims to lower the cost of their OLED displays, to be more competitive with LCDs. In fact, it seems that SDC aims to bring small-sized OLED cost below that of competing LCDs.
SDC plan is probably to increase production efficiencies, use better processes - and also to push supply chain suppliers to lower their own component cost. Universal Display for example mentioned a few months ago that Samsung Display requested them to lower their material costs.
Best Buy has been offering LG's 65EC9700 65" 4K OLED TV (the 65EC9700) for a few weeks now (although it seems they are not shipping the TVs yet) - and today Amazon started offering this TV as well - for $9,999. Amazon lists it as "temporarily out of stock" and there's no estimated shipping date yet.
The 65EC9700 is a UHD (4K, 3840x2160) 65" curved OLED TV, that supports LG's High Dynamic Range (HDR) algorithm, the True 4K Engine Pro (to upscale SD, HD and FHD content to 4K) and support of H.264 and HEVC H.265 formats (30p and 60p). The TV also supports automatic color temperature control for individual pixels via LG's Color Refiner.