Samsung is one of the leaders in OLED display research and the clear leader in AMOLED production. OLED Displays are thinner, more efficient and offer better picture quality than LCD or Plasma displays.
Samsung is confident that OLED displays is the best future technology - especially for mobile devices. Samsung invested billions of dollars in OLED research and production facilities. In February 2012 Samsung PR summarizes the company’s view on OLED technology: “Currently, the display market is undergoing rapid changes with OLED panels expected to fast replace LCD panels to become the mainstream.”
Samsung AMOLED displays
Samsung is currently producing over 200 million AMOLED displays in a year, used mostly in smartphones - such as Samsung's own Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge ) - but also in smartphones from Gionee, Meizu, Acer, HP, Vivo, Microsoft, Lenovo, ZTE, Hisense, Konka and others.
Samsung is starting to produce larger displays, fit for tablets, laptops and monitors. In early 2016 several companies (including Samsung itself, HP,Lenovo and Dell) announced OLED laptops, laptop/tablet hybrids and even monitors.
Following its initial flexible OLED production launch in 2013, and the huge success of its edge-type phones, Samsung is currently producing around 9 million flexible OLEDs each month to satisfy demand for the Galaxy S7 edge and its other flexible OLED products (such as the Galaxy S6 edge+ and several wearables) - and also for other companies.
Samsung is also said to be readying a foldable OLED device or two for 2016 - which may dramatically change the mobile device market if done properly.
Samsung OLED TVs
In August 2013 Samsung launched the company's first OLED TV, the KN55S9C, which used a curved 55" OLED panel. The TV was priced at around $8999 in the US and Korea, but is no longer in production, and was never in real mass production.
It is still not clear whether Samsung will return to OLED TV production. The company is currently focused on high-end QD-LCD displays (quantum dots enhanced LCDs). Samsung is still investing in OLED TV R&D, though.
Samsung transparent OLEDs
Samsung is developing transparent OLEDs, but these are lagging behind flexible OLEDs. The company is currently producing 55" FHD transparent and mirror-type OLEDs, for commercial applications. These are made in small quantities, though, and prices are quite high.
Samsung is also developing transparent and mirror-type displays for the automotive industry, so this may be the first market to deploy such displays commercially.
Here's a nice video, showing a concept transparent flexible AMOLED tablet device. It will be years before Samsung can commercialize such a display, but it's nice to see what the future holds:
The latest Samsung OLED News:
- IHS: 90.8 million AMOLED panels shipped in Q1 2016
- Nikkei: SDC to increase OLED production in 2016 by over 50% in a $6.8 billion investment
- Tokki to double its vacuum evaporation equipment capacity to meet OLED demand
- UBI estimates that 91.3 million OLED panels shipped in Q1 2016
- Reports say SDC decided to convert its L7 LCD fab to flexible OLED production in a $2.5 billion investment
- HP starts shipping the Spectre x360 OLED convertible laptop
- SDC demonstrates OLED displays for laptops at SID 2016