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An OLED uses organic semiconductors to create thin light emitting panels. OLEDs are used to create thin, beautiful, flexible and efficient display and lighting panels, and are the future technology of choice.

Recent OLED News

Volkswagen unveils a new concept car with OLED lighting

Sep 29, 2016

Volkswagen unveiled a new all-electric concept car, the I.D. The car uses Volkswagen's dedicated battery-electric vehicle architecture, called Modular Electric Drive (MEB).

Volkswagen I.D. concept car front photo

The I.D. uses thin OLED taillights. The reports say that the headlights combine LED and OLED, and indeed from the image above it seems that the headlights are surrounded by thin OLED strips.

New OLED gadget: TCL 580

TCL's 580 is a budget smartphone that features a 5" 1280x720 AMOLED display, a 1.5Ghz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, MicroSD, Dual-SIM and a 13Mp camera.

TCL 580 photo

The TCL 580 will cost 1399 Yuan ($210) when it launches on October 10th in China.

The NFL Network installs six 55" transparent OLED monitors

Sep 28, 2016

NFL Network, an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network, installed several transparent OLED displays at its NFL GameDay Studio. The studio now hosts a total of six 55" FHD transparent Planar LookThru OLED monitors. The NFL Network says that the idea was to give the a show a technological forward-looking sense.

NFL Network transparent OLEDs photo

Planar Systems unveiled its first 55" Full-HD transparent OLED prototype in February 2015, and started accepting orders for the Planar LookThru displays in November 2015 for $14,995. Planar is using Samsung's 55" transparent OLED (announced in June 2015) - which was supposed to start shipping in Q2 2016 - but actually Samsung halted production last month - which means that Planar will probably won't be able to sell a lot of these displays (maybe the NFL Network will be happy to know that).

UBI: Apple will purchase 518 million flexible OLED displays in 2021

Sep 28, 2016

Market Analyst UBI Research estimates the flexible OLED shipments used by Apple iPhone will grow from 34 million panels in 2017 (in which Apple will, according to UBI, launch its first OLED phone) to 518 million panels in 2021 - surpassing Samsung Electronics that will sell 298 million flexible OLED smartphones.

Flexible OLED shipments by customer (UBI, 2015-2021)

This is a bold statement by UBI - especially as flexible OLEDs have been used by Samsung for years now with great success, and the company is actually planning to adopt foldable OLED displays in future devices - which may completely revolutionize the segment if successful.

New OLED gadget: TCL 950

TCL's 950 is a flagship smartphone that features a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, MicroSD slot and a 21Mp camera.

TCL 950 photo

TCL did not yet reveal the price or release date of the 950 smartphone.

LG scraps plans to adopt flexible OLEDs in its next flagship phone, the G6

Sep 28, 2016

According to a report from the Korean ChosunBiz LG had plans to adopt a flexible edge-type display in its next flagship phone, the G6. But LG Display could not produce enough such displays as it does not have enough capacity - and the Korean company will adopt a flat LCD display.

LG 6'' flexible OLED edge phone prototype photo

LG Display has been developing flexible OLED display technologies for a long time, and back in January 2015 the company already demonstrated the prototype you see above - a 6" plastic OLED display that curves on both edges.

New OLED gadget: Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung's Galaxy On8 is an India-bound smartphone with a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a 1.6Ghz octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 13mp camera, Dual-SIM and 32GB of internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy On8 photo

The On8 will start shipping in October 2016, for about $250 in India.