Samsung shipped over 10 million GS4 phones in less than a month

Last week Samsung reported that they will soon reach 10 million Galaxy S4 sales, and yesterday (May 23) they announced that indeed they surpassed that number. It took samsung less than a month to do so. The company hopes to sell over 100 million GS4 units - or double the GS3 sales. The GS4 is currently available in more than 110 countries and will be rolled out to a total of 155 countries soon.

The GS4 features a 4.99" Full-HD (1920x1280, 441 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an Octacore 1.6Ghz Exynos CPU (some models use a Quadcore 1.9 Ghz Qualcomm CPU), 2GB of memory, 13 mp camera and a 2,600mAh battery - all this while being a smaller and lighter than the GS3. The GS4 includes a lot of new software features and special UI controls, include the Adapt Display which allows extensive display calibration adjustments.

3M are in the final stages of scale up for LCD QDEF quantum dots films

Back in May 2012, 3M teamed up with Nanosys to commercialize QDEF Quantum Dot films for LCD displays. Today 3M announced that it is in the "final stages of scale-up" for these QDEF films. They plan to offer these to LCD makers that can be use them to make phones, tablets and TVs lighter, brighter, more energy efficient and with a larger color gamut. 

In January 2013 Sony unveiled some new LED-backlit LCD TVs under the Triluminos brand, which use QDvision's quantum dot films. This TVs (and smaller sized LCDs in one of Sony's digital cameras) are already shipping.

Ignis to start producing 20" AMOLED displays in low volume beginning August 2013

Ignis Innovation announced that samples of its 20" 1296x768 (XGA) AMOLED display will be available in August 2013. Ignis will offer these samples to display makers for evaluation of Ignis' MaxLife compensation technology in their own displays (more on this below). They will sell the display for low volume, demanding applications such as medical imaging and scientific imaging.

The 20" AMOLED panels use a-Si backplane and are made by RiTdisplay. The panels are only 1.3mm thick (the complete display module is 3 mm thick). The refresh rate is 240Hz.

Google to use OLED panels in its next-gen Google Glass HMDs?

Update: turns out that I was wrong and Samsung did develop an OLED microdisplay, an XGA one back in 2011

The Korea Times claims that Google's next gen Google Glass HMD (or "wearable computer") will use OLED microdisplays made by Samsung Display. Or at least SDC made a proposal for Google to replace the current LCoS panels by its OLED displays. The current Google Glass prototypes use Himax' LCoS displays.

At SID 2013, SDC's CEO did mention OLED microdisplays on silicon during his keynote speech. He also says that these kinds of displays may be used for augmented-reality devices such as Google Glass. Last month Google's CEO Larry Page visited Samsung's OLED facilities, and apparently Page is "interested in Samsung's OLED business". So now the rumors are that Google are interested in small sized OLED displays.

eMagin officially announces their XGA096 OLED microdisplay for EVF applications

eMagin officially announced their XGA OLED microdisplay for camera EVF (and other near-to-eye applications). The XGA096 OLED-XL is the company's smallest microdisplay ever (at 0.48" diagonal) and it features a 9.6 micro pixel design. it Actually has a resolution of 1036x780, or 12 extra rows and columns beyond XGA for optical alignment or extended image area. eMagin says they are already taking orders for samples of this new microdisplay.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

We have heard a lot about this camera XGA EVF, and it's good to finally see a real product. During their latest conference call, eMagin reported that they missed their first EVF opportunity with a camera maker for an external EVF because they didn't have enough time to complete the module design. They hope to win the internal EVF contract and if so shipments wil begin in late 2013 or early 2014.

Toshiba shows their transmissive (one side transparent) OLED lighting panels

A couple of months ago Toshiba developed a unique transparent OLED lighting device structure that emits most of the light (over 95%) in only one direction. Now at SID 2013 the company unveiled more information about the new structure, calling these panels "Transmissive Single-sided OLEDs".

Regular transparent OLEDs use transparent electrodes (usually made from ITO) for both sides of the panel. When the OLED is turned on, it emits light in both directions. Sometimes this poses problems - if you want to embed such panels in windows, for example, you don't want light pollution on the outside which just wastes electricity. In addition, when such OLED panels are turned on they are no longer transparent.

More details on AUO's 65" Oxide-TFT OLED panel

A few weeks ago we reported that AU Optronics developed a new 65" Oxide-TFT direct-emission OLED panel (the largest OLED panel ever made). Today at SID 2013 AUO discussed this new panel and unveiled the prototype:

AUO 65'' AMOLED TV prototype photo

AUO says that the panel is Full-HD in resolution, and it uses an "advanced" Oxide-TFT backplane. It was made in a Gen-6 production line which uses the largest Fine Metal Mask (FMM). AUO says that the uniformity of this panel is excellent. AUO also developed new pixel compensation driving technology which is employed in this panel. As can be expected from an OLED panel, AUO reports that their latest OLED features low power consumption, high picture quality, high contrast, high brightness, fast response time and free viewing angles.

Qualcomm unveils 557 PPI Mirasol panels

Last year Qualcomm announced that they no longer plan to mass produce Mirasol displays, but during SID they unveiled their latest panels, and obviously they are still developing the technology. The company's latest panels feature a very high pixel density (557 PPI). The 5.1" panel has a resolution of 2560x1440 while the 1.5" panel's resolution is 600x600:

Mirasol displays are very power efficient (they draw about a sixth of the power required by a similar OLED or LCD panel). On the other hand, the color reproduction isn't up to par with LCDs or OLEDs. Still this is an interesting technology to watch.

Konka V981

The Konka (a Chinese mobile phone maker) V981 is an Android smartphone that features a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display and a fingerprint scanner. Other features include a 13 mp camera, Quad-core 1.2Ghz CPU and a 16 or 32 GB memory.

The V981 will launch in the beginning of June for 1499 Yuan (about $240).

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