LGD aims to enter the small-sized smartphone OLED display market in 2016

LG Display's OLED unit is currently mostly focused on OLED TV production, but the company also has plans to enter the small OLED display market with its flexible plastic-based OLED panels. According to reports, LGD is stepping up its effort to market OLED panels for Chinese phone makers.

LG 6'' flexible OLED edge phone prototype photo

LGD currently mostly makes small flexible OLEDs for wearables (such as Apple's Watch and LG's own Watch Urbane 2). LG makes a single handset flexible OLED, the curved 5.5" FHD panel adopted in the company's own G Flex 2 - but this was never really a mass produced device. LGD is also said to be developing a smartphone display that curves around the edges (a-la the GS6 edge)

OnePlus X

The OnePlus X is a mid-range stylish smartphone that features a 5" Full-HD AMOLED display, a 13MP camera, a quad-core Snapdrahon 801 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD slot and dual-SIM.

OnePlus X photo

The OnePlus X is now shipping for $359 (unlocked).

Samsung Display reports a sequential 30% OLED revenue increase in Q3 2015

Samsung announced their financial results for Q3 2015 - the company's operation profit reached $6.46 billion (up from $3.8 billion in Q3 2014, but down from the $9.6 billion record it recorded in Q3 2013). The company reports strong Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ sales (both phones sport 5.7" 2560x1440 Super AMOLED displays, a flexible one on the S6 edge+).

Samsung Note 5 and GS6 Edge+ photo

SDC's OLED business experienced improved earnings led by launch of new products and improve productivity. OLED shipments increase by over 30% over Q2 2015 - mostly due to an increase in low-end and mid-end panel shipments and external customer base. Samsung expects the smartphone market to slow down in 2016 and it plans to diversify its product line up and continue to expand its customer base.

Motorola X Force / Droid Turbo 2

Motorola's X Force (Droid Turbo 2 in the US, exclusive for Verizon) is a 'shatterproof' smartphone that features a 5.4" WQHD (2560x1440) flexible (plastic) Super AMOLED display, a strong Aluminum core, dual touch layers and two protective glass covers. The phone also features an octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32/64 GB storage, 21 MP camera, 3760 mAh battery and Android 5.1.1.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 photo

The Droid Turbo 2 is exclusive for Verizon, and costs $26/month (32GB) or $30/month (64GB). The X Force will ship globally (but not in the US) in November 2015.

New/Old rumors suggest SDC to supply flexible OLEDs for Apple's next-gen Watch and iPhone

The first-generation Apple Watch uses a flexible OLED display, exclusively produced by LG Display. In June 2015 it was rumored that say that Apple signed up Samsung Display to be the second OLED supplier for the next-generation Watch, and today ET News re-iterated the same report.

Apple Watch photo

According to ET News, Apple is also considering ordering AMOLED panels from Samsung for the next-generation iPhone 7. ET News says that Apple will decide on the iPhone 7 display in November - and it it's going to be a flexible OLED display it will have a huge effect on Samsung as the Korean company will have to massively increase its flexible OLED capacity.

Workrite Ergonomics Natural OLED desk light

The Natural OLED desk light from Workrite Ergonomics is a desk lamp that features a single OLED lighting panel (made by LG Chem). Workrite says that the 320x110 mm OLED panel (N6BB40C) provides a rich, evenly diffused light, renders colors with amazing accuracy (94 CRI) and emits a neutral white light (3900K) that is glare free, UV free and blue light free. The OLED's lifetime is rated at 30,000 hours (LT70) at the lowest brightness setting, and the lamp produces 442 lumens at 13.7 W (32 lm/W) at the maximum brightness setting.

Workrite Ergonomics Natural OLED desk light photo

The Natural OLED desk light is now shipping for $239 (note: affiliate link to Amazon).

Samsung Display now uses Corning's Lotus NXT glass for AMOLED substrates

Corning announced that Samsung Display adopted the company's Lotus NXT glass as its OLED panel substrate. The Lotus NXT glass was announced in June 2015, and Corning reveals that that Samsung already adopted those substrates for the Galaxy Note 5's 5.7" Quad-HD (2560x1440, 518PPI) Super AMOLED display. The Note 5 was released in August 2015.

Corning Louts NXT Glass photo

Lotus NXT improves the 2nd-gen XT glass (launched in May 2013) with lower total pitch variations. The new glass has improved stability, and better total pitch variation performance. According to Corning, this enables display makers to produce more efficient displays (up to 15% lower power consumption), or higher resolution displays (by up to 100 additional pixels per inch).

PolyPhotonix demonstrates a printed OLED lighting phototherapy blanket

Update: It turns out that these are actually LEDs and not OLEDs in this video - and PolyPhotonix indeed developed both LED and OLED prototypes.

UK-based PolyPhotonix, in collaboration with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), developed a wearable electronic blanket that uses printed OLED lighting to administer a phototherapy for the possible treatment of a number of skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and jaundice. The blanket could also be used for wound healing and anti inflammatory treatments.

The blanket uses small flexible OLED devices. The treatment schedule and dosage of the light are programmable - so the treatment can be optimized and also be used for different conditions. The prototype blanket that was demonstrated also includes sensors and can log and record the usage.

Blackberry Priv

BlackBerry's Priv is the company's first Android smartphone, and it features a curved 5.43" WQHD (2560x1440) flexible AMOLED display, a hexa-core 64-bit CPU, 3GB RAM, 32 GB of storage and a microSD slot, 18MP camera - and a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Blackberry Priv photo

The Priv started shipping towards the end of 2015, and is available unlocked for around $450.

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