SMD's assistant president reiterates plan to release flexible OLED panels in 2012

Back in October 2011 Samsung Electronics said that it plans to launch products with flexible OLED panels next year, probably starting with mobile phones, then followed by tablets and other portable devices. Today an assistant president at SMD confirms this, and says that flexible OLED panels will be produced in 2012.

Those OLEDs will be plastic based, but probably not really bendable. SMD's AP says that the flexibility will be determined not by the OLED itself but the underlying substrate. Such a "flexible" but non-bendable plastic based OLED will have the advantage of being thin and shatterproof.

AUO: OLEDs will be a new battlefield for display makers

AU Optronics's president Paul Peng says that OLED products "will be a new battlefield for display makers". AUO plans to introduce small-size OLED products in 2Q 2012, and the company is also working on OLED TVs. AUO will show OLED TV panels larger than 32" (AUO already unveiled an Oxide-TFT 32" OLED TV panel in November 2011).

AUO is cooperating with Japan-based firms to develop new materials and applications for OLED panels. Earlier this month AUO announced a strategic alliance with Idemitsu Kosan on OLED materials and technology.

Sony sold over 1.2 million Vita consoles

Sony announced that as of February 26 they shipped over 1.2 million PS Vita consoles. The Vita was launched worldwide just a few days ago (up until then it was available in Japan, where sales were a bit disappointing at first). The Vita costs $249 for the Wi-Fi model and $299 for the 3G model.

The Vita features a 5" touch Samsung-Made OLED display (960x544), a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and a quad-core PowerVR (SGX543MP4+) GPU (Sony says that it is as powerful as a PS3), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G (AT&T, optional). Gaming controls include dual analog sticks, motion controls and a multi-touch pad on the rear side.

Universal Display reports Q4 2011 results: $18.7 million revenue, $5.7 net income

Universal Display reported their financial results for Q4 2011. The company had $18.7 million in revenue (up 73% from Q4 2010's $10.8 million), with net income of $5.7 million. In Q4 material sales reached $10.8 million and royalties were $5.4 million. For the whole of 2011, UDC reports $61.3 million in revenue (up 101% over 2010's $30.5 million) and $3.2 million in net income. The company was cash flow positive in 2011 - with $16.4 million from operation activities and they have $346 million in cash.

Verizon to launch the Galaxy Tab 7.7 next week

Verizon announced that it's going to launch the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE on March 1st - for $499.99 with a contract. Amazon.com offers the tablet unlocked for $650, but without LTE (only 3G/Wi-Fi). The Galaxy Tab 7.7" got some great reviews - Engadget says it's the best 7" tablet and praises the "stunning and breathtaking" Super AMOLED Plus display.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the world's first tablet with an OLED display, a 7.7" Super AMOLED Plus panel, offering 1280x800 resolution. Other specs include Android v3.2, Dual-core 1.4 Ghz processor, HSPA+ radio (LTE in some models), 16GB to 64GB internal storage and a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, GPS and two cameras (3MP and 2MP).

Microsoft research shows a 3D interactive desktop, using a transparent OLED

Microsoft research has unveiled a new research project that enables a 3D interactive desktop using a Samsung-made transparent OLED and a Kinect camera. The idea is that the user types on a keyboard that sits behind the monitor, and he can also manipulate 3D objects using his hands. The system also uses head tracking (to change the 3D perspective):

This isn't the first time Microsoft is using a transparent OLED in their research. Back in June 2010 Microsoft revealed a concept setup that uses a camera beneath a transparent OLED to create gesture-based interaction.

ASUS Padfone

The ASUS Padfone is an Android (v4, ICS) mobile phone that has an external tablet docking station accessory. The phone itself has a 4.3" qHD (800x600) Super AMOLED display, a dual-core CPU, 8mp camera and 64GB of internal memory and a microSD slot. The docking station has a 10" display (LCD, unfortunately) and another battery. There's also an optional keyboard and a stylus for the tablet - which also includes a Bluetooth headset - so you can talk using just the stylus...

ASUS hopes to release the Padfone in April 2012.

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