MBraun is selling OLED production tools to display makers (including LG and Samsung) - and they say that recent orders suggest that these companies plan to make OLED TVs, and will be ready to do so by 2011.
According to MBraun, making OLED TVs (up to 42") using their current equipment is possible. The solutions needed for the scale up from smaller displays "have been found".
Samsung's S8500-Wave phone is finally shipping in the US - you can buy it unlocked for $499. The wave is Samsung's first Bada phone, and the first one to have a super AMOLED display (3.3" 800x480). Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a 1Ghz processor, 5Mp camera, a-GPS, accelerometer, 2GB/8GB of internal memory, micro-SD slot DivX/XViD support and 720p recording/encoding.
Buy the S8500 Wave now, unlocked for $499.
Canon announced today that they will acquire Tokki Corporation- and make it a wholly owned subsidiary. Tokki plans to foster and expand the OLED and solar-battery manufacturing equipment business.
Tokki has developed their first OLED mass-production system back in 1999. In March 2007 we have interviewed Tokki's overseas sales manager.
The Epic 4G is a 1Ghz Android (v2.1) QWERTY slider for Sprint's WiMax network. It has a large (4") Super-AMOLED, 5mp camera (capable of 720p video recording), 802.11b/g/n WiFi and a six-axis accelerometer.
Sprint has started selling the Samsung Epic 4G phone for $199 (with a new contract).
There are some rumors about an upcoming Nokia phone, the N9. It is said to be a Symbian ^3 phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It will have a 12mp camera and a Super-AMOLED display.
There are some questions here: first of all, Nokia said last week that the N8 will be the latest N-series that runs Symbian. Second, We heard that Samsung Electronics will be the only company that gets Super-AMOLED displays, for at least 18 months. We'll keep waiting for news on that one.
HTC plans to start producing Incredible phones (and also Google Nexus One phones) that use IPS-LCD (or Super-TFT LCD) made by Sony. They will also keep using AMOLEDs - so we'll see two models of these phones. HTC is doing this because Samsung cannot deliver enough AMOLED panels.
HTC claims that there's no discernible difference between the LCDs and the AMOLEDs, and they are working on some prototypes that we'll hopefully see soon.
Russian physicists has found a new way to make a long-living OLED. They are using nano-crystals of cadmium chalcogenides instead of the organic Chromophores in the OLEDs. Those Nanocrystals are long-lasting and when their size change, luminescence wavelength also changes, so it is easy to get required emission wavelength. They physicists say that the manufacturing process of the new devices is very similar to regular OLEDs, there's only one change in the process, when colloid solution of semiconductor nano-crystals is mixed with organic semiconductor.
Engadget is the latest blog to test the iPhone's new "Retina" IPS-LCD display against Samsung's Super-AMOLED (Galaxy S phone). The iPhone display is much brighter, and actually has a slightly better viewing angle. When viewed outside, they actually prefer the Super-AMOLED, although the displays are quite similar in that area. Obviously the iPhone's 4 resolution is way better. The Super-AMOLED is said to have stronger color saturation and sharper definition, even though it looks pixelated compared to the iPhone's display. Basically what they say is that both displays are good, and it all comes down to personal preference.
Check out the full post, it includes a lot of photos and a couple of videos.
Update: Microsoft removed the video that shows the transparent OLED...
Transparent OLEDs are exciting (and Samsung wants to tap that market) - but a lot of people wonder what is it really good for? Microsoft is showing a nice concept: using a camera beneath a transparent OLED to create gesture-based UI. The camera "sees-through" the OLED:
Microsoft are using a Samsung-made transparent AMOLED panel.