AU Optronics is focused on OLEDs for the wearable market, and is already producing 1.63" panels. AUO is also developing 1.4" and 1.3" circular AMOLEDs, and today the company demonstrated three OLEDs for the wearable market, including a new 1.5" square AMOLED (which you can see below, together with the 1.4" circular and the 1.63" square one).
Today Amazon lowered the prices of several LG OLED TVs. The 65EG9600, LG's 2015-model UHD (4K) 65" curved OLED TV is now offered for $5,999 (the first time a 65" OLED panels goes below $6,000). The 55" 4K OLED TV (55EG9600) is priced now at $3,999. It's great to see how prices of LG's 4K OLED TVs keep going down.
LG also now offers the 55" FHD (2014 model) 55EC9300 for $1,999, which matches the lowest price of the 2013 model (which now seems to be out of stock at Amazon).
A collaborative Innovate UK project called Graphted was launched in April 2015 to evaluate the potential of graphene as a transparent electrode when dispersed in a polymeric matrix. The project will focus on graphene inks and aims to show evidence that they can be used in large-area devices such as OLEDs and OPVs.
The project is led by UK's PolyPhotonix, who's partnering with Applied Graphene Materials and the CPI. The project will begin by examining graphene's use in phototherapy medical devices - as Polyphotonic's first commercial product is the Noctura OLED sleep mask which helps patients with Diabetic Retinopathy.
Audi will unveil its new luxury electric crossover concept car next month - the e-tron quattro. The car has three electric motors and can reach 310 miles between charges. The inside of the car uses an all-OLED interface. This is just a concept car, but Audi will release an all-electric sport SUV in 2018. Hopefully it will retain the OLED displays.
From the image above, you can see that Audi will use at least 4 OLEDs. The center console OLED seems to be similar to the flexible OLED shown in the Audi Prologue concept. That display (produced by Samsung Display) was 8.9 x 5.6 inch in size and featured a resolution of 2560x1600 (287 PPI). The e-tron will also use another flexible OLED.
Following Samsung's success with curved-edge smartphones, other phone makers are obviously thinking about similar designs. It turns out that LG has filed for several US trademarks last week, all of which hint at phones with curved edges.
The trademarks include G Edge, Super Edge, Dual Edge, Double Edge and Dual Side Edge. The G Edge seems to be the best name for LG's first curved-edge flexible OLED phone, and will complement the company's G Flex 2 smartphone which is a vertically-curved flexible OLED smartphone.
US-based Polyera was established in 2005 to develop OTFT-based flexible display backplanes - suitable for OLEDs and E Ink displays. The company already demonstrated a flexible OLED based on their backplanes, and now they announced their first product, the Wove Band smartband device.
We do not have any technical details, but this looks to be an interesting device, and hopefully they will follow-up with a similar OLED-based device. Polyera will start shipping samples in December to developers and artists, and the commercial launch is planned for mid-2016.
DisplayMate: the Note 5 and GS6 edge+ offer significant display improvements over the Note 4 and GS6
A few days ago Samsung launched their latest phones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Both use a similar 5.7" QHD (2560x1440, 518 PPI) Super AMOLED displays (the S6 Edge+ uses a plastic-OLED curved over the edges). Display measurement experts DisplayMate posted an in-depth review of the display used in these new phones (they tested pre-release production units).
Unsurprisingly, DisplayMate found that these are the best mobile displays they ever tested - there are many significant improvements over both the Galaxy Note 4 (which was previously crowned as the best mobile display) and the Galaxy S6. The most impressive improvements are in peak brightness, screen readability in high ambient light and the power efficiency.
Chinese smartphone start-up Zuk demonstrated a concept/prototype smartphone that uses a large transparent OLED panel. All we currently have is the video below:
It's not clear whether this is even a working transparent OLEDs. While we have seen larger transparent OLEDs (for example Samsung's soon-to-be commercialized 55" transparent OLED panels) it's not clear when smartphone-sized transparent AMOLEDs will be released commercially for such applications.
Yesterday LG Display announced a major focus shift to OLED displays, with plans to invest $8.5 billion in OLED expansion in the next three years. But is LG actually planning to do?
LGD is currently producing OLED TVs in a Gen-8 fab (which will have a monthly capacity of 34,000 substrates by the end of 2015), and a smaller Gen-4.5 fab that produces plastic-based OLEDs - with a monthly capacity of 14,000 substrates. LGD already announced plans to build a new 6-Gen (1500x1850 mm) flexible OLED fab in a $900 million investment. But what about the rest of the $8.5 billion?
IHS says that AMOLED material consumption will increase dramatically starting in the second half of 2015 as LG Display increase WRGB (WOLED) OLED TV panel production. The market will more than threefold - reaching $165 million in H2 2015, up from $58 million in H1.
IHS forecasts that the WOLED material market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 79% from 2014 to 2019, to reach over $1.25 billion. The whole AMOLED materials market will grow at 54%, from $658 million in 2015 to $2 billion in 2019 (at a CAGR of 37%).