Samsung's Galaxy S2 to ship in the UK on March 31st?

Update: Play.com updated their page, and the release date is now listed as May 6...

According to Play.com, Samsung's Galaxy S2 will ship on March 31st. The price is £600 for an unlocked phone (no contract). If true this will probably be the first Super AMOLED Plus phone that actually ships. The Galaxy S2  has a WVGA 4.3" Super AMOLED plus display, 1Ghz dual-core processor, NFC, Bluetooth 3 and HSPA+. It's only 8.49mm thick at its thinnest point. 

New graphene-based technology can be used to improve OLED displays

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a new Graphene-based technology that can be used to create OLED displays. Originally they used the new technology to create flexible rechargeable batteries. 

Flexible graphene battery concept

It's not clear from the original article how can this be used exactly to enhance OLEDs...

OSRAM extends the Orbeos family with two new OLED panels

OSRAM announced two new Orbeos OLED lighting panels - a rectangular and a round panel, both are mirrored and warm-white in color. The original Orbeos panel was also round and warm-white in color, but was not mirrored (but rather "diffused"). The new panels are also thinner then before (1.8mm vs 2.1 in the older panel). Here's our hands-on review of the original Orbeos panel.

So now Osram offers 3 panels:

  • CDW-031 is the original warm-white, diffuse white round panel. 79mm diameter, 2.1 thickness, 24 grams.
  • CMW-031 is the new round mirrored white panel, also 79mm diameter and 1.8 thick, 23 grams.
  • RMW-046 is the new mirrored white rectangle - 132x48mm, 1.8mm thick, 22 grams.

Digitimes - AMOLED shipments reached 13.5 million units in 3Q 2010, up 132% from last year

Digitimes says that AMOLED display shipments reached 13.5 million in 3Q 2010 - up 132% compared to last year and up 65% from 2Q. In terms of revenue, AMOLED passed 10% of the total small display market (and reached 10.7%, up from 6.4% in 2Q).

Samsung Galaxy S

The success was driven by smart phone displays, mainly for Samsung and Nokia phones. 4" 480x800 AMOLEDs accounted for 81% of all AMOLEDs sold - 11 million units.

Philips offers a discounted Lumiblade OLED kit

Philips announced a new discounted OLED kit for a limited time. The Lumiblade Special Kit contains 3 white OLEDs (rectangle, dot and square) and the electronics driver. The price is 490€ (instead of 671€ before the discount). The offers starts today and will run until March 10th.

If you're interested in the kit, you can buy online in the Lumiblade shop. Here's our hands-on review of Philips' Lumiblade OLED panels.

Benwirth Licht Cluster+

Cluster+ is a modular OLED/LED lamp by German design firm Benwirth Licht. The lamp uses both LEDs and OLEDs (OSRAM's ORBEOS panels, in fact) to create unique designs. The idea is that you can arrange the lamp in whatever design you want, and so use it as a chandelier, desk lamp, wall lamp and any other arrangement you can think of.

The basic building block is a square that contains either one circular ORBEOS OLED panel or four LEDs. The square block is about 5 square inches in size (and less than 1/8 of an inch thick).

Benwirth Licht Cluster+, a modular OLED and LED lamp

German design firm Benwirth Licht created a new modular OLED/LED lamp called Cluster+. The lamp uses both LEDs and OLEDs (OSRAM's ORBEOS panels, in fact) to create unique designs. The idea is that you can arrange the lamp in whatever design you want, and so use it as a chandelier, desk lamp, wall lamp and any other arrangement you can think of.

The basic building block is a square that contains either one circular ORBEOS OLED panel or four LEDs. The square block is about 5 square inches in size (and less than 1/8 of an inch thick).

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