New OLED gadget: Oppo A3 Pro

Oppo's latest midrange smartphone, the A3 Pro, offers a 6.7" 120Hz 1080x2412 AMOLED display, a Mediatek Dimensity 7050 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, and IP69 dust/water resistant.

The A3 Pro will start shipping later in April 2024 starting at around $290.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 18,2024

Japan Display to start producing eLeap laptop displays at its 6-Gen Mobara fab, ahead of schedule

In 2022, Japan Display (JDI) announced that it has developed a "historic breakthrough in display technology" - a new OLED deposition process which they refer to as eLEAP, that is said to be cost effective and can be used to create freeform OLEDs that are brighter, more efficient, and longer lasting compared to OLEDs produced using mask evaporation (FMM).

JDI is planning to establish a 8.7-Gen eLEAP fab in China, and it is also building a smaller-scale 6-Gen eLEAP production line in Mobara, Japan. The company announced that the 6-Gen Mobara fab is advancing ahead of schedule, and production of eLEAP panels will begin before the end of 2024. JDI developed 14" laptop panels that are three times brighter than other OLEDs (at 1,600 nits), and is also targeting smartwatches, smartphones and automotive displays. JDI is also looking into adopting a tandem structure, to increase brightness even further to 3,000 nits.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 18,2024

Sony launches its 2024 TV lineup, with a mid-range OLED TV and a top-tier MiniLED backlit QLED

Sony announced its 2024 TV lineup, and interestingly, the top model (the Bravia 9) is a Mini-LED backlit QLED TV. The entry-level model (the Bravia 7) is also a QLED display, while the mid-range model, the Bravia 8, is based on LGD's WOLED panels.

The Bravia 8 offers 55-, 65- and 77 inch 4K WOLED panels, Sony's OLED Acoustic Surface Audio+ sound system, an upgraded XR Processor, and the creator calibration picture settings. Sony's 2024 TVs will launch in the summer of 2024.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 18,2024

Sentry Enterprises launches an illuminated credit card platform with a flexible OLED lighting panel produced by Konica Minolta

In 2014 Konica Minolta started constructing its groundbreaking R2R flexible OLED lighting fab. The project saw many delays and entered production later than planned, and KM started producing panels at low volume at around 2020. The company recently started to ramp up production, and today we hear of one of its first customers and partners, Sentry Enterprises.

Sentry, a fintech company, launched the Radiance card illumination platform, which enables credit card (and other payment card) issuers to offer a unique experience by using an OLED lighting panel embedded in the card. The OLED panel is produced by Konica Minolta. The card works without a battery, and the OLED panel is powered by the NFC receiver upon a transaction (a technology that was demonstrated by KM back in 2020).

Read the full story Posted: Apr 17,2024

New OLED gadget: ZTE Axon 60 Ultra

ZTE's Axon 60 Ultra is an enterprise/government smartphone (not sold for consumers), that offers dual satellite connectivity and the ability to make calls and texts on China's Tiantong system.

The Axon 60 Ultra sports a 6.78" 120Hz 1260x2800 AMOLED display.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 16,2024

The Elec: UDC's blue PHOLED material is still unstable, may delay market introduction

Universal Display Corporation has announced several times that it is progressing with its blue PHOLED material development, and it is on track to release the first commercial material by the end of 2024. In November 2023 we reported that UBI estimates that Samsung has delayed the adoption of a blue PHOLED to the second half of 2025.

UDC RGB PHOLED materials photoNow there's a new report in Korea that claims that UDC's blue PHOLED project is facing technical challenges, and UDC is still not able to achieve a long-lasting blue emitter at the right color point. It will be interesting to know whether UDC addresses this issue in its next investor conference call (May 2nd). 

Read the full story Posted: Apr 16,2024