Samsung reports its Q2 2020 financial results, sees full-fledged mobile display recovery only in Q4 2020

Samsung reports a large increase in its profit in Q2 2020 - as the COVID 19 pandemic increases demand for memory chips, and also as a result of a one-time $950 million penalty payment from Apple following lower OLED orders.

Samsung Galaxy A21 photo

Samsung's net profit in Q2 2020 totaled $4.67 billion (an increase of 7% from Q2 2019), while its revenues were $44.4 billion (down 6% from last year).

DSCC lowers its OLED material revenue forecast, now sees a $2.06 billion market in 2024

DSCC updated its OLED material market forecasts, seeing a lower growth ahead. DSCC says the AMOLED stack material market will grow from $928 million in 2019 to $2.06 billion in 2024 in a CAGR of 17%. Only a couple of months ago DSCC estimated that the market in 2024 will reach $2.69 billion - and even these were reduced from earlier estimates due to COVID-19.

AMOLED material revenues, 2019-2024 - update on July 2020, DSCC

DSCC says that the main reason behind the reduction in its forecast is lower OLED TV capacity. The company now expects a slower ramp up at the Guangzhou fab, and LG's P-10 10.5-Gen fab is now removed from the forecast period.

New OLED gadget: ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5S

ZTE's Nubia Red Magic 5S is a gaming smartphone that features a 6.65" 1080x2340 144Hz AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8/12/16 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, and a triple camera setup.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5S photo

The Red Magic 5S will ship in August 2020 starting at 3,799 Yuan (around $550 USD).

The UK awards $2.6 million towards an efficient deep blue OLED emitter research project

A consortium of researchers from three different Universities int he UK (Durham University, Newcastle University and Glasgow University) was awarded with £2 million ($2.6 million USD) towards a new project to develop new OLED emitters.

The new project aims to develop an "ultra-efficient" deep-blue OLED emitters. It is not clear whether this is a more efficient fluorescent-type emitter, or a next-generation material design.

New OLED gadget: Nubia Watch 2020

ZTE's Nubia Watch, an upgrade to the Nubia Alpha from 2019, sports a 4.01-inch flexible AMOLED display which is wrapped around the wrist strap. The watch includes eSIM connectivity and several health and sports sensors.

Nubia Watch 2020 photo

The Nubia Watch will ship in early August 2020 for 1799 Yuan (around $250 USD) in China.

A look into eMagin's AR/VR dPd technology

In 2012, we first heard that eMagin is developing direct emission (or direct patterning, as the company calls it) OLED microdisplays. Fast forward into 2020, and the company is aiming to soon start producing such displays (it already launched its first such panel, see more below). In this article we'll look into the technology and the latest updates from eMagin.

White OLED with CF structure vs dPd structure (eMagin)
All current OLED microdisplays on the market from all producers use a white OLED with color filter. This is a simple design, but it is wasteful in energy, as the filters block around 80% of the light, and in addition to achieve the white color one needs to use a blue OLED emitter (in addition to a yellow one, or red and green ones) - and blue is the least efficient color for OLED emission.

LGD opens a new OLED showroom, looks to collaborate with other industries to accelerate OLED adoption

LG Display announced that it is aiming to strike strategic cooperations with companies from industries such as the construction, furniture, and interior design, with an aim to find new application for next-generation OLED displays.

LGD opened a new OLED showroom at LG's Science Park in Magok which allows people to experience different OLED products - including transparent and mirror displays, wallpaper displays and "variable TVs" (not sure what is meant by that, perhaps it is a reference to LG's rollable OLED technology). LGD also released the video you see above showing several "virtual" OLED display demonstrations

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