New OLED gadget: Blackview BV9600 Pro

The Blackview BV9600 Pro is an outdoor rugged Android (8.1) smartphone that features a 6.21-inch 1920x1080 notch-type AMOLED display, a Heilo P60 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a large 5,580mAh battery.

Blackview BV9600 Pro photoThe BV9600 Pro is waterproof (IP68/IP69K, up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes) and dust proof. The screen also has wet-finger tracking technology and a glove mode.

Leaked ad shows Samsung upcoming foldable smartphone device

In November 2018 Samsung unveiled its upcoming foldable smartphone, and according to reports it may officially launch this new product on February 20th (at the Samsung Galaxy S10 unveiling event). Samsung Vietnam accidentally published an ad showing several new technologies, including a foldable smartphone:

Samsung first foldable smartphone/tablet device will use two OLED displays - a large 7.3" 1532x2152 foldable AMOLED that folds inside, and a smaller secondary OLED (4.5" 840x1960). Samsung brands the foldalbe display as the Samsung Infinity Flex Display.

New OLED gadget: Panasonic Lumix S1 / S1R

Panasonic's Lumix S1 and S1R are full-frame mirrorless cameras. The S1 features a 24.2 MP sensor while the S1R has a 47.3 MP sensor with no low-pass filter. The weatherproof cameras sport a 3.2" rear LCD display - and a brand new EVF that is based on Sony's new 0.5" ECX339A 1600x1200 120Hz OLED microdisplay .

Panasonic Lumix S1R photo
The Panasonic S1 costs $2,499 (body only) while the S1R costs $3,699. The cameras will ship in April 2019, but can be pre-ordered already at Amazon.com (note: affiliate links).

Samsung reports its Q4 2018 financial results - lower OLED revenues, demand will pick up in H2 2019

Samsung Electronics reported its financial results for Q4 2018, with revenues of KRW 59.27 trillion ($53 billion USD), down 10% from Q4 2017. Samsung's operating profit of KRW 10.8 trillion ($9.6 billion) was down 29% from 2017.

Samsung Display reported a decline in rigid smartphone OLED display sales - due to rising competition from LCD panels. Demand for flexible OLEDs was strong. In Q1 2019, OLED display sales will remain weak - but Samsung says that flexible OLED demand will pickup in the second half of 2019.

LGD to start OLED TV mass production in Guangzhou in Q3 2019, does not commit to pOLED expansion

LG Display reported its financial results for Q4 2018 - it reported an operating profit of ₩279 billion ($250 million USD) due to strong shipments of IT panels and OLED TVs. LGD however gave a weak outlook to 2019 (for its LCD business).

LG 2019 ThinQ AI OLED TV ad

LGD says that it will invest $7.1 billion in 2019 in capacity expansion, and $3.5 billion in 2020. It will divert all of its investments into OLED displays - with 60% going to large area OLED TV production and 40% going to small/medium pOLED production.

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