Samsung still cautious about OLED TVs, may introduce Quantum Dots LCDs next week

Samsung Display's CEO, Park Dong-gun, said that the time is not yet ripe for OLED TV panel investment for SDC. While Samsung already have the related production and infrastructure technology to produce OLED TVs, they are still waiting for decisions at Samsung Electronics.

This is of course in stark contrast to LG, who's far more committed to OLED TVs, and it seems that LG's WRGB technology was a better bet (at least for the moment) than Samsung's direct-emission tech.

LG is selling more OLED TVs in a month then they did in the whole of 2013, will bring prices down further

There's an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal dicussing LG's OLED TV push. According to the WSJ, LG is currently selling more OLED TVs in a month than it did in all of 2013. This is great, of course, but LG probably only sold a few thousand (some estimate around 3,000) OLED TVs in 2013, so monthly volume is still very low.

While nobody expected the OLED TV market to take off in 2014, this will hopefully change in 2015. Towards the end of 2014 LG is expected to bring its M2 production fab online, which should increase capacity dramatically (about 150,000 55" OLED panels in a month at 100% yield) - and bring prices even lower. Even today, LG says that production yields are approaching those of LCDs, which will help them be even more flexible with prices.

ITRI shows several new flexible and foldable OLED prototypes

Taiwan's ITRI institute demonstrated several new AMOLED prototypes at Touch Taiwan 2014. First up, is Taiwan's first foldable AMOLED, a 6" full-color panel that can be folded inwards over 10,000 times.

The 6" panel can be folded to a radius of 7.5 mm. The whole panel is just 0.1 mm thick and it was developed with ITRI's own FlexUPD technology which can be used to turn an existing OLED glass line to produce polyimide-based flexible panels.

September 9th: Will Apple unveil the iWatch with a flexible OLED?

Apple sent out press invitations to an event on September 9th. They did not say anything regarding this event, besides saying "wish we could say more". It is widely believed that Apple will reveal the iPhone 6 in this event. Apple's new phone is expected to come with a larger display (some say Apple will unveil two new models, one with a large 5.7" panel) - and it won't be an OLED.

Apple 2011 flexible OLED watch patentApple 2011 flexible OLED watch patent

But Apple may also surprise and finally unveil the iWatch smart watch wearable device. .Rumors have been circulating about this device for almost 2 years now. Most of these "reports" suggest a flexible OLED display, around 1.3 - 1.6 inch in size. LG Display is believed to be the exclusive supplier of this display, although there's some speculation that Apple wants Samsung Display to be its second supplier for those plastic-based flexible AMOLEDs.

Both Samsung and LG unveil new smartwatches with flexible (plastic-based) AMOLEDs

Only three days ago I posted that both Samsung and LG are expected to launch new flexible OLED smart watches, and today both Korean companies pre-announced their new devices before the IFA trade show. Indeed they both used plastic-based flexible OLED panels.

So first up is the beautiful LG G Watch R (shown above) - a circular Android Wear smartwatch that use a 1.3" 320x320 (246 PPI) plastic (flexible) OLED panel. The G Watch R will launch in "early Q4 2014", price isn't disclosed yet.

Samsung Gear S

Samsung's Gear S is a Tizen-based smartwatch that includes a 3G modem, so it does not need to pair with a smartphone to place calls or send or receive messages (although of course it can do so via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi). It has a 2" 360x480 (300 PPI) plastic-based flexible/curved Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 1 Ghz CPU, GPS, heart-rate and motion sensors and a 300 mAh battery that should last for two days.

The Gear S is available on Amazon for around $400.

LG G Watch R

The G Watch R is a circular Android Wear smartwatch that uses a 1.3" 320x320 (246 PPI) plastic (flexible) OLED panel. Other features include a 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It has a 410 mAh battery which should last about a single day.

The G Watch R is now shipping for $299.

What new OLED gadgets will be unveiled next week at the IFA tradeshow?

The IFA 2014 event starts next week (on September 5th, in Berlin) and I think it's going to be a very interesting trade show.

We have three confirmed unveiling events for next week. Samsung will show the Galaxy Note 4. It's pretty much confirmed that the new large smartphone will use a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display, but some reports suggest Samsung will also show a premium variant with a curved flexible OLED panel (I don't think this is likely, but you never know).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm's X30 is an enthusiast premium compact digital camera with a classic design. It has a 2/3" CMSO sensor and 28-112mm (F2-F2.8) lens. It has a 3" tilting LCD display and an XGA OLED viewfinder (EVF).

The X30 costs $600.

LG to show a circular smartwatch next week, will it use an OLED?

A few days ago it was reported that LG is already developing its second-gen Android Wear smartwatch, this one with a flexible AMOLED panel. Now LG published a teaser that shows a circular smart watch (quite similar to Motorola's Moto 360) that the company will unveil next week at the IFA trade show.

It doesn't seem to use a flexible OLED (it seems like a flat display) - but it makes sense that if LG intends this watch to be always-on, with its mostly black UI, they will choose an OLED display as it will be much more efficient in this mode.