New OLED gadget: Xiaomi Redmi K40 / Pro / Pro+

Xiaomi's Redmi K40 smartphone features a 6.67-inch 1080x2400 120Hz 1,300 nits Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, 6/8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage a triple camera setup and 5G connectivity.

Xiaomi Redmi K40 photo

The K40 Pro and K40 Pro+ feature the same display, but with a stronger chipset, and better cameras.

Researchers from Germany in collaboration with Oreltech use printed silver-inks as OLED electrode

Researchers from the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy and the Physics Department of the Humboldt University Berlin, together with Oreltech, developed a new flexible OLED prototype that uses Oreltech's silver-inks to deposit electrodes on PET substrates.

Helmholtz Center - Humbolt Univeristy - Oreltech, silver-ink PET OLED device structure and process

The researchers report that the new device outperforms ITO-based devices in both efficiency and luminance - and they are offer better bending stability.

Solas OLED files a new lawsuit against Samsung Electronics in Europe

Ireland-based OLED IP company Solas OLED announced that it has filed a new patent infringement lawsuit in Germany against Samsung Electronics.

Samsung Galaxy S21 range photo

Solas did not disclose the exact patents related to this lawsuit, but the company says its patent portfolio "covers all critical areas of OLED structures, display design and architecture, and driver circuitry", and that Samsung is using the company's inventions in various devices, such as smartphones, watches and tablets.

LG Electronics sold over 2 million OLED TVs in 2020

LG Electronics announced it sold 2.04 million OLED TVs in 2020, the first time it passed the 2 million sales market. This represents a growth of 23.8% over 2019.

LG ZX OLED TV photo

According to Omdia, LG Electroncis holds a 56% market share of the global OLED TV market. The average selling price of LG's OLED TVs was $1971.9, over four times higher than the average selling price of LCD TVs.

OTFT developer SmartKem raised $24.6 million in a private placement

UK-based OTFT display backplane developer SmartKem has closed a $24.6 million private placement financing. Prior to the financing, the company also completed a reverse acquisition transaction with Parasol Investments Corporation (Parasol), a public Delaware corporation, whereby SmartKem became a wholly owned subsidiary of Parasol which later changed its name to SmartKem and will continue with the company's business as it is.

Smartkem TruFlex structure image

SmartKem says that the new financing will allow the company to continue and scale and expand the production of its ink material, its electrical design automation tools and its foundry services.

LG denies its rollable OLED smartphone project is cancelled

Last month we learned that LG Electronics is considering the future of its Smartphone business - which means LG could end up selling, closing or downsizing its mobile unit.

LG is developing a rollable smartphone, which was reportedly going to ship in early 2021. The future of this exciting rollable OLED device is not clear. Yesterday a report in Korea's Yonhap News suggested that the project is cancelled, although LG Electronics later denied this report and says that the company did not make any decision on 'future phone products' - which of course doesn't mean the project could indeed be cancelled or put on hold in the future.

Will BOE start producing panels for Apple's iPhone 12?

In November 2020 it was reported that BOE did not pass Apple's OLED quality test for the iPhone 12. Later it was suggested that BOE did manage to enter Apple's supply chain, although perhaps only for aftermarket (refurbished models) panels.

Apple iPhone 12 photo

According to new reports from China and Korea, BOE has been finally approved as a third OLED supplier (besides Samsung Display and LG Display) for Apple's iPhone 12 - the mini and standard models (and not the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro).

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDsCambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDs