Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung Galaxy A9 is the largest A-series smartphone, announced towards the end of 2015. It features a 6" Full-HD Super AMOLED display behind curved glass, an octa-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, 13mp camera (8mp front camera), fingerprint sensor, 4000mAh battery and a metal frame with a glass back.

Samsung Galaxy A9 photo

The A9 will have optional dual-SIM support, and will launch in early 2016.

LG's large OLED TV sculpture installations in the Seoul Tower is complete

Earlier this month LG announced that it will install several large OLED "sculptures" at the N Seoul Tower, as part of a new OLED TV marketing campaign. The 248 55" OLED TV panels are are now in place - in four different installations.

LG OLED waves, Seoul Tower

On the tower's first floor, LG installed the OLED Panorama and OLED tunnel. On the second floor is the OLED circle and on the fourth floor there is the 24-meters long OLED Wave.

OTI Lumionics receives a $50,000 grant from Shell Canada

Shell Canada awarded $50,000 to OTI Lumionics, as part of Shell Canada’s Quest Climate Grant program. Shell awarded this award to six cleantech startups - based on their unique businesses or products, as well as their commitment to counter climate change.

Earlier this year OTI received a $5.7 million CAD ($4.55 million USD) grant from the Canadian government to build an OLED lighting pilot production line in Canada. The company says that the new line will enable them to produce large flexible OLED lighting panels.

Skyworth launches new HDR OLED TVs, says LGD cannot supply enough panels

According to a report in China, Skyworth launched new 55" and 65" 4K HDR OLED TVs earlier this week. The 55" one will be priced at ¥14,999 ($2300 USD) and the 65" will be priced at ¥25,000 ($3850 USD). Those OLED TVs currently has a premium of around 50% over LCDs, but Skyworth aims to bring down prices in 2016 (to a 30% premium).

Skyworth Group's VP Liu Tong Chi said that OLED TVs are finally reached mass-market promotion, and Skyworth aims to sell 30,000 OLED TVs by March 2016 (the end of their 2015 fiscal year) and 200,000 OLED TVs by March 2017. Skyworth's VP expects OLED TVs to reach a 30% market share in China by 2020.

LG to bring 77" rollable OLED panels to CES

According to the Korea Times, LG Display is set to demonstrate 77" rollable OLED panels at CES 2016 (which will take place in Las Vegas, on January 6-9). LG already announced in September that they will bring 55" rollable OLED prototypes to CES - but obviously a 77" rollable panel will be much more impressive!

Back in 2012, LG Display was awarded a project by the Korean government to develop 60" UHD flexible and transparent panels by 2017. Later in February 2014, LGD said it is still on target for this project, and in July 2014 the company demonstrated 18" flexible (shown below) and transparent OLEDs.

eMagin to raise $6 million to upgrade its production capacity

OLED Microdisplay-maker eMagin announced the company will raise around $6 million in a registered direct offering of shares and warrants. eMagin will use the new capital to upgrade its manufacturing equipment, balance our production line and improve its yield.

An eMagin OLED microdisplayAn eMagin OLED microdisplay

eMagin requires the added capacity as it aims to enter the commercial headset market which requires much higher volumes than the current military and industrial markets it targets.

ETRI developed graphene-based electrodes to improve the transparency and reflectance of OLED panels

Researchers from ETRI (Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute) developed transparent graphene based electrodes specifically for OLED displays.

The researchers say that current metal (mostly silver) based electrodes have a limited viewing angle because of their internal light reflection, and the external light reflection affects the image quality. Graphene electrodes are more transparent and reduce the reflectance by 40-60 percent.

LG's OLED lighting business is now part of LG Display

In October 2015, LG Chem announced that it has sold its OLED lighting business to LG Display, for $135 million USD. LG decided to consolidate all OLED production under LG Display - which will hopefully enable LG to advance OLED lighting more quickly - and at a lower cost.

LG Chem 406x60 flexible OLED panel photo

Today it was announced that the deal has completed, and the OLED lighting business is now part of LG Display. According to reports from Korea, going forward LGD will focus on automotive lighting - but talking to LG they clarify that they will focus on both general lighting and automotive lighting.

LG announce their first Super Bowl ad, which will feature the company's OLED TV technology

LG Electronics decided to air their first Super Bowl ad in the 50th Super Bowl (which will be played on February 7, 2016). The ad will promote LG's OLED TV and will be produced by Ridley Scott's production company, RSA Films.

LG EF9500 flat OLED TV photo

LG says that this ad will demonstrate LG's OLED commitment and will communicate the fact that OLED TV represents a new era in TV technology. Reportedly the ad will introduce a new addition to LG's OLED TV line. LG currently ships 55", 65" and 77" OLED TVs in the US (both Full-HD and 4K sets).

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