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Recent OLED News

New OLED gadget: Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II

Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 II is a compact (point-and-shoot) camera that sports 16X zoom (25-400 mm )Leica DC Lens and a 1" 20.1MP sensor. The camera sports a 3" LCD display and a high-speed OLED view finder.

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II photo

The FZ1000 II supports 4K video (at 30 fps), continuous shooting performance of about 12 frames per second and features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The FZ1000 II was not officially launched, but Amazon already lists it for $897, saying it will ship on March 31 (it is available for pre-order now).

New OLED gadget: Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S

Nikon's NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S are high-end lens for Nikon's full-frame mirrorless cameras. In a similar way to the Zeiss Batis Sony lens, the new Nikon lens include a small monochrome PMOLED display that shows key settings.

Nikon's NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S photo

Other features of the new lens are Nikon’s new ARNEO coating, which complements Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce flare and ghosting, a dedicated manual focus ring and a Function (L-Fn) button. The new lens are lighter than Nikon's previous comparable lens.

New OLED gadget: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S5e is a light and thin tablet - it is Samsung's thinnest tablet yet at 5.5 mm. The tablet features a 10.5" WQXGA (2560x1600) Super AMOLED display with a 81.8% screen-to-body ratio.

Samsung Galaxy Tab s5e photoSamsung's Tab S53 offers mid-range performance with a snapdragon 670 octa-core chipset, 4/6 GB of RA and 64/128 GB of storage (with a microSD slot). The 7,040 mAh battery provides up to 14.5 hours.

A group of investors from China and Taiwan to invest up to $700 million in Japan Display

In August 2017, Japan Display announced a last-resort strategic focus on OLED displays as the Japanese display maker failed to understand how quickly the industry will shift to OLED displays. JDI said it will need to raise $1.7 billion if it was to start OLED mass production (hopefully by the end of 2019).

According to Japan's Kyodo News Agency, a group of investors from China and Taiwan have agreed to invest 60-80 billion Yet ($540-721 million USD) in order to bailout JDI. The lead investors will apparently be China's state-backed Silk Road Fund and display maker TPK from Taiwan. In exchange for the investment, the group will take a 30-50% stake in Japan Display.

New OLED gadget: Sony Wena Wrist Pro / Wrist Active

Sony's Wena are smart watch bands that are used to transfer watches into smartwatches. The Wrist Pro can show notifications from your smartphone, count your steps and supports several contacteless payment providers (in Japan). The Wrist Active (even though it is cheaper) adds a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. Both editions include a small white PMOLED display.

Sony Wena Wrist Pro photo (TechRadar)

In addition to the wrist bands, Sony also offers a collection of premium timepieces (watch heads) that fit the new bands.

LG announces that the upcoming G8 smartphone will adopt the company's Crystal Sound OLED tech

LG Electronics announced that its upcoming LG G8 ThinQ smartphone will feature the company's Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology - which turns the OLED display into an audio speaker.

LG crystal sound OLED smartphone scheme

The idea is that a CSO display vibrates and turns into a diaphragm - to produce high quality sound. LG says that such a speaker improves the clarity compared to regular smartphone speakers. The G8 ThinQ will also use other audio technology, including DST-X 3D Surround Sound emulation, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) and more.

UBI: the AMOLED market will grow 13.8% in 2019 to reach $32.2 billion in revenues

UBI Research estimates that the OLED market will reach $32.2 billion in revenues, up from 13.8% from 2018. UBI says the the growth will come from new applications - including foldable smartphone displays, 8K OLED TVs and rollable OLED TVs. Increased yields by Chinese AMOLED makers will also contribute to the growth.

AMOLED revenue and growth 2016 Q1 to 2018 Q4 (UBI Research)
AMOLED revenues in Q4 2018 reached $7.9 billion (down 3.7% from Q3 2018 and 10.4% from Q4 2017). In the whole of 2018, revenues reached $28.3 billion, up 7.1% from 2017 ($26.4 billion). UBI sees the oversupply in the flexible OLED market to continue as high prices prevent adoption in mid-end smartphones.

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