LGD starts to supply OLED TV panels to China's HiSense

In early 2018 HiSense said that it plans to introduce its first OLED TV in the first half of 2018, and according to Digitimes LG Display started shipping OLED TV panels to Hisense, which aims to actually ship its TV in Q3 2018.

HiSense 2014 OLED TV prototype

HiSense is China's largest TV producer with a market share of around 15% in the over-$2,000 segment. Hisense has been demonstrating and promising OLED TVs for a long time (in 2014 the company demonstrated its first 55" OLED TV prototype, and in 2011 the company aimed to release a 15-inch OLED "TV"). This time however, it seems that the company will follow through.

Vivo launches its bezel-less OLED smartphone, the NEX

In February 2018 Vivo demonstrated a new concept smartphone called the APEX, that had a almost completely bezel-less OLED display. Today Vivo launched its latest flagship smartphone the Vivo NEX S (and the lower-spec NEX A) which features this innovative design.

Vivo NEX A photo

The Vivo NEX S has a 6.49" 1080x2316 (388 PPI) AMOLED display, and a pop-out front camera (there is no room for a camera as almost all the front is covered with the display. The NEX S also features an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a strong chipset and 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Vivo NEX A has a slower CPU, less memory - and a fingerprint reader on the back. Both phones will ship by the end of the month.

Vivo NEX S / A

The Vivo NEX S smartphone is a high-end flagship smartphone that features a completely bezel-less 6.49" 1080x2316 (388 PPI) AMOLED display, a pop-out front camera, an octa-core snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, micro-SD slot and an under-the-display fingerprint reader. The Vivo NEX A has a slower CPU, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a fingerprint reader on the back.

Vivo NEX A photo

Both phones will ship by the end of 2018, around $800 for the NEX S and around $700 for the NEX A.

Visionox signs a long-term license agreement with Universal Display

China-based OLED producer Visionox signed a long-term licensing and material purchase agreements with Universal Display. UDC will supply its phosphorescent OLED materials to Visionox. UDC did not disclose the details or financial terms of these agreements. This follows the evaluation agreement signed by UDC and Visionox in February 2018.

Visionox is producing PMOLEDs, AMOLEDs and flexible AMOLEDs, and the company demonstrated some very impressive displays at SID Displayweek last month. Last month Visionox announced that it has started to produce flexible OLEDs at its new 6-Gen fab in Hebei.

SDC to supply Huawei with its largest smartphone OLEDs yet at 6.9-inch

The Korea Herald says that Samsung Display signed an agreement to supply 6.9" OLEDs to Huawei for an upcoming large smartphone. This is the largest smartphone OLED that SDC has ever developed.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro photo

The Herald says that Chinese consumers want large phones as it is easier to write Chinese characters on larger screens. Huawei is the world's third-largest smartphone maker (with a 11.4% market share, according to Strategic Analytics).

DSCC: OLED equipment spending to continue and decline, strong demand to return only in 2020

DSCC updated its forecast for display equipment spending, saying that in 2018 OLED spending is expected to fall 28% compared to 2017 to $10.8 billion (while LCD spending will grow 22% to $11.4 billion). China-based display makers will account for 90% of all display related equipment spending in 2018.

Display equipment spending by technology (2016-2021, DSCC)

2019 will see another down year for OLED spending that will drop 31% to $7.4 billion (LCD spending is also expected to fall by 32%). Chinese display makers will again lead in spending (77% of the market).

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star

The Galaxy A9 Star is a mid-range smartphone that features a 6.28" 2220x1080 (393 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an octa-core snapdragon 660 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, microSD slot and dual-SIM. The A9 Star lite is a smaller variant with a 6" 2220 x 1080 Super AMOLED, a snapdragon 450 chipset and 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and a microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy A9 Star photo

Both the Galaxy A9 Star and the A9 Star lite are shipping.

Nikkei AR: Apple lowers its 2018 iPhone component orders by 20%

Apple-related rumors and reports never cease, only last week did we heard that Apple aims to use OLED displays in all of its 2019 iPhone models, and now it is reported that Apple is taking a conservative approach and readying itself to lower sales of its 2018 iPhones (that will be introduced in the fall).

The Nikkei Asian Review says that Apple approached suppliers and told them that component orders for the new iPhones will be lower by 20% compared to the iPhones launched in 2017. In 2017 Apple got ready to produce 100 million iPhone 8/8+/X before launching these phones, but now Apple expects to sell only 80 million units.

The Fraunhofer FEP demonstrated the LOMID 1-inch OLED microdisplay at SID 2018

In January 2015 the EU launched the LOMID project to develop next-generation large-area OLED microdisplays, and in 2017 the partners in the project announced the production of a 1-inch diagonal 1200x1920 (2,300 PPI) 120Hz curved OLED microdisplay.

The Fraunhofer FEP demonstrated this panel at SID 2018, as you can see in the video above. The institute also demonstrated a new design which uses two such panels and special optics to provide double the resolution for each eye.