LG will start mass producing flexible OLED panels by the end of 2013

LG Display's CEO Han Sang-beom said that the company plans to start mass producing flexible OLED panels in the second half of 2013. He wouldn't say whether they got any orders for the next-gen flexible panels, but obviously there are speculations that Apple is behind those orders. It's probably unlikely as capacity at first isn't likely to be enough for Apple.

This actually marks an expediation of LG's flexible OLED plans. In January 2012 the company said that they will start constructing a new pilot line in Q3 2012, which will become active by the end of 2012 and the company will need 1-2 years to develop and verify the process before producing at mass volume. 

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon's S800c is the world's first Android-powered (v2.3) digital camera. The slim camera sports a 10x optical zoom lens, 16mp sensor, 4GB of internal memory, inbuilt GPS and a 3.5" WVGA AMOLED touch screen.

The S800c is now shipping for $347.

Aixtron delivers a flexible organic electronics production system to a major Asian customer

Aixtron announced that it has delivered a production-scale PRODOS Gen-3.5 Polymer Vapor Phase Deposition (PVPD) system to a major prestigious Asian customer. This system will be used to produce novel flexible electronic devices through the deposition of organic polymer thin films. The system will be commissioned within the next couple of weeks.

PRODOS R&D system

Aixtron says that the new system has been designed to be a perfect match for the customer’s production environment for Gen-3.5 substrates (650x750mm²). Aixtron wouldn't say who's the customer or what will be produced on the equipment, but they do say that the customer will be able to develop new applications including "flexible flat panel displays with benefits such as lightweight, ruggedness, low power consumption, color brightness, and superior legibility".

Sony sold 2.2 million PS Vita consoles, currently at 250,000 devices a month

According to Engadget, Sony confirmed that it has now sold 2.2 million PS Vita consoles. The last sales figure update was released in February (1.2 million) - which means it is now selling the console at 250,000 a month. 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.

Samsung releases a short Galaxy Note 2 video teaser

Samsung already announced that the Note 2 will be launched on August 29, and today they have released a short teaser video towards the event:

The video doesn't show much beside the stylus, and the saying that the new device will be "a small and light thing". Rumors on the web suggest that the Note 2 may be the first device with a flexible YOUM plastic-based AMOLED display.

Micromax Pixel A90

The Pixel A90 is an Indian-bound dual-SIM Android (v4) smartphone with a 4.3" 800x480 Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 1Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8mp camera, 4GB of flash memory and a microSD slot.

The A90 will launch in India soon for 12,990 INR ($233).

Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy Note phones in 9 months

Samsung announced that they have shipped over 10 million Galaxy Note phones, since launching it nine months ago. The Note is very successful, and Samsung will announce its successor on August 29 (and it may or may not sport a flexible YOUM plastic-based AMOLED display).

Samsung's Galaxy Note is a large Android v2.3 phone/tablet (some call it a phablet) with a 5.3" Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution: 1280x800. Other specs include a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8mp camera, touch display with pen input (it has a stylus). The phone is 9.65mm thick and weights 178 grams.

DisplaySearch: OLED displays sales to reach $44 billion by 2019

Jennifer Colegrove from DisplaySearch gave a talk at the Emerging Display Technologies conference a few days ago. DisplaySearch now estimates that the OLED display market will reach $44 billion in 2019. The OLED TV market will begin to take off in 2015 with rapid growth. The OLED lighting market will reach $6.3 billion by 2018.

Jennifer also says that within 3 years, 10 new AMOLED factories will become online - this includes both new factories and upgraded ones.

LG's OLED TVs selected as best display product in Europe, to have two different models?

Update: it seems that the 970V model will be the stand model and the 975V will be the wall-mounted model. The OLED panel itself will be the same in both models.

The European Imaging and Sound Associations (EISA) has selected LG's upcoming 55" OLED TV for its European Display Achievement Award. Interestingly, EISA named two different models - the 55EM970V and 55EM975V. When LG launched its OLED TV, they named the model 55EM960V (in the US it will be called 55EM9600). So not only did they change the model a bit, they will also have two different ones. The difference will probably be small (as the difference is slight).

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