Meet the OLED-Info team at SID DisplayWeek 2018!

SID's DisplayWeek is the world's leading display conference, and the OLED-Info team will attend this year's event, which will take place in Los Angeles in May 20-25. The trade show brings together a large part of the display industry, and we're looking forward to seeing new OLED technologies, products and demonstrators and meeting up with industry leaders.

Los Angeles (Display Week 2018)

DisplayWeek includes a 3-day exhibition, 4-day technical symposium, short courses, seminars and three focus conferences (business, investors and market-focus). We'll be happy to schedule meetings - so if you plan to come to the event, do contact us. We're really looking forward to a week full of display technologies!

Doogee launches a phone with a Visionox 6.21" notch-type AMOLED display

China's Visionox introduced a new AMOLED display, a 6.21" 2160x1080 panel that has a notch-type design (similar to the OLED used in Apple's iPhone X).

Visionox 6.21'' notch-type flexible AMOLED panel

China's smartphone maker Doogee used this display in its new flagship Doogee V smartphone. The display enabled Doogee to achieve a very high screen-to-body ratio of 94.85%. The front of this phone has no physical buttons, and Doogee implemented an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor under this 6.21" AMOLED.

Doogee V

Doogee V smartphone is a high-end flagship phone that features a 6.21" AMOLED display (produced by Visionox) that sports a 2160x1080 resolution and an iPhone-X like notch design. The Doogee V also includes an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor and has a high screen-to-body ratio of 94.85%.

Doogee V photo

The Doogee V was launched at MWC 2018.

IHS: flexible OLED revenues tripled in 2017 to reach $12 billion

IHS Markit says that flexible AMOLED shipments more than tripled in 2017, and revenues reached $12 billion (up from $3.5 billion in 2016). Rigid OLED revenues decreased by 14%. In 2018 flexible OLED revenues will reach around $23 billion, and rigid OLEDs will also increase slightly to about $11 billion.

AMOLED panel shipment revenue (2014-2018, IHS)

In 2016 most flexible OLED were used in a curved form factor (edge-type phones), but in 2017 about half of flexible OLED displays were used in a flat form factor (such as in the iPhone X).

Vivo shows a flexible OLED phone concept with almost no bezels

Vivo demonstrated a new concept device called the APEX, that includes several new innovative technologies. The most impressive is the front display, which is a 5.99" 2160×1440 flexible OLED display that is almost completely covers the front of the phone - the top and side bezels measure just 1.8 mm and the bottom is 4.3 mm.

Vivo APEX concept photo

This is an impressive design - but it causes some problems - for example there is no room for a selfie camera, and Vivo solved this via a pop-out camera unit (which looks like the popping flash units in pocket cameras). The design also leaves no room for a speaker - and Vivo designed a new Screen SoundCasting technology which vibrates the whole display, similar in a way to LG's CrystalSound TVs.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is Nokia's flagship 2018 smartphone, featuring a flexible (edge-type) 5.5" 1440x2560 (534 PPI) P-OLED (LGD) display, a snapdragon 835 Octa-Core CPU, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, Micro-SD slot (on the Dual-SIM model) and a 12+13 MP dual-pixel camera.

Nokia 8 Sirocco photo

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is now shipping globally (note: affiliate link to Amazon).

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is the company's flagship 2018 smartphone, featuring a 5.8" 1440x2960 (570 PPI) Super AMOLED display (6.2", 529 PPI, on the S9 Plus). Other features include an Octa-Core CPU (Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810), 4GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of storage, micro-SD slot (on dual-SIM versions only) and a high-end Dual-Pixel 12 MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus photo

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now shipping globally (note: affiliate link to Amazon). The S9 and S9+ were announced in February 2018, and display measurement experts from DisplayMate rated the AMOLED display as the world's best mobile display ever.

Lumiotec to stop producing OLED lighting panels next month to focus on performance enhancements and plan its future business

Lumiotec announced that on March 31st if will stop producing its OLED lighting panel, to "plan the further performance enhancement of the product" and to plan its future business. Lumiotec will continue to offer its panels (series P06, P09, P11 and P13 panels) while stocks last.

Last month Japan's V-Technology announced it will acquire Lumiotec, which is likely what is behind Lumiotec's decision.

LG Display is also developing large-area Micro-LED TVs

In early 2018 Samsung unveiled its 146" modular Wall Micro-LED TV, and LG Display was quick to announce that it is also developing similar technology. According to reports, LGD aims to unveil its first Micro-LED TV in September 2018 (at IFA perhaps?) - and it will be larger than Samsung's.

Samsung 146'' micro-LED TV, The Wall

Samsung 146-inch Wall Micro-LED TV

Samsung's focus for the premium TV market is on two technologies, Quantum Dots and Micro-LEDs. It is not likely that LG Display is shifting its focus from OLEDs to Micro-LEDs, but it may be that Micro-LEDs will be used for very large area TVs and maybe for modular designs signage displays.

UDC reports an excellent Q4 2017, but guidance for 2018 is lower than expected

Universal Display reported its financial results for Q4 2017. Revenues reached a record $115.9 million, up 55% from $74.6 million in Q4 2016. Revenues from material sales were $59.8 million (up 105% from $29.2 million in Q4 2016). Net income was $57.9 million (up from $23.1 million in Q4 2016).

UDC emitter and host materials photo

UDC concluded a very successful 2017. Revenues were $335.6 million (up 68% from $198.9 in 2016) and net income was $103.9 million (up from $48.1 million in 2016). Net income included a onetime charge of $11.5 million from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Net cash generated in 2017 was $133 million.

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