Sony starts shipping its A8H OLED TVs

Sony started shipping its 2020 OLED TV range, the Bravia A8H. The 55" model's price is $2,299 while the 65" one is $3,299 - the TVs are now available on Amazon.com.

Sony A8H photo

The A8H series is based on Google's Android smart TV platform and features support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit and Amazon Alexa. The A8H features Sony's Acoustic Surface and the company's X1 Ultimate picture processor, Pixel Contrast Booster and X-Motion Clarity. The A8H supports Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision standards.

UBI lowers its 2020 OLED industry forecast due to the Coronavirus

UBI Research lowered its forecast for the OLED industry in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. UBI decreased its total market revenue forecast by 4.8% to $36.7 billion.

The Coronavirus effect on the OLED industry (2020, UBI Research)

UBI now estimates that 612 million OLED panels will ship in 2020, down from its previous estimate of 660 million. The OLED TV market forecast was reduced dramatically from 4.9 million panels to 3.6 million.

New OLED gadget: Sharp CQ1

Sharp's CQ1 is the company's first OLED TV series, available in 55" and 65". The 4K TVs utilize Sarp's latest Modalist S1 processing engine and Sharp's front open sound system plus.

Sharp C65CQ1 photo

The 55CQ1 and 65CQ1 TVs will start shipping in May 23, 2020 in Japan. Sharp did not disclose the retail price.

IHS: rollable OLEDs will remain a niche, unit shipments will reach 1.3 million by 2026

IHS Markit says that the rollable OLED market is finally starting to emerge, and will grow quickly but unit shipments will remain slow in the foreseeable future. IHS sees 100,000 rollable OLED displays shipped in 2022, growing to 1.3 million by 2026. The CAGR from 2019 to 2026 will be 167%.

Rollable OLED display shipments (2022-2026, IHS)

Rollable OLEDs will remain a niche- the share of rollable OLEDs from all flexible OLEDs will be 0.2% in 2026. Foldable OLEDs will be a much larger market - reaching 71.3 million units in 2025.

New OLED gadget: Meizu 17 / 17 Pro

The Meizu 17 smartphone sports a 90Hz 700-nits 6.6-inch 1080x2340 Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a quad-camera setup. The Meizu 17 Pro offers similar design but with some upgraded specifications.

Meizu 17 photo

Both smartphones will ship on May 2020, starting at $575.

CSoT signs a long-term material supply agreement with Universal Display

TCL subsidiary China Star Optoelectronics (CSoT) signed an OLED technology license agreement and material purchase agreement with Universal Display (UDC). UDC will supply phosphorescent OLED materials CSoT to be used in its display products.

CSoT is currently producing flexible OLEDs in its T4 line which has a monthly capacity of 45,000 6-Gen substrates. Last week it was reported that CSoT is planning to build a new flexible OLED production line in Wuhan, in a $1.4 billion investment.

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