ZTE Axon 9 Pro

ZTE's Axon 9 Pro is an Android smartphone that features a 6.21" 1080x2248 notch-type AMOLED, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, microSD slot, Dual SIM and a 12 M camera.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro photo

The Axon 9 Pro will ship by the end of September 2018.

IHS: Apple is developing a new LTPO backplane, may introduce it in future iPhones

IHS posted an interesting article which details a new backplane technology that Apple is developing. So-called Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) combines both LTPS TFTs and Oxide TFTs (IGZO, Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide). LTPO is applicable for both OLED and LCD displays.

Apple LTPO OLED backplane (IHS slide)

In LTPO, the switching circuits are using LTPS while the driving TFTs will use IGZO materials. This could lead to a power saving of around 5-15% compared to the currently-used LTPS backplanes. The main drawback of LTPO, however, is that the IGZO TFTs are larger and so the display density may be compromised. IHS says that Apple may introduce this into future iPhones - but it also says that LTPO will be limited to low-density displays at first which is a bit confusing.

LG unveils its first Micro-LED TV prototype

LG unveiled its first Micro-LED TV prototype at IFA 2018. The large 173" panel uses individual micro-LEDs to create an emissive display, that can rival OLEDs.

It is not clear yet whether LG actually intends to develop this technology commercially for the consumer TV market and compete with its OLED TV business. Samsung's Micro-LED project seems to be more advanced as it started accepting pre-orders in June 2018 and will soon ship its Micro-LED TVs for commercial applications - and is also looking to release its first consumer-premium Micro-LED TV in 2019.

LG's 65" OLEDG8 OLED TV is now shipping in Europe

LG's high-end 65" OLED G8 OLED TV is finally shipping - at least in Europe. The price is €4,999, and £4,999 in the UK (note: affiliate link to Amazon). It will hopefully ship soon in the US as well.

LG OLEDG8 photo

The OLED G8 sports a unique on-glass design that extends the glass to the soundbar. The OLEDG8 is powered by LG's new a9 "intelligent processor" that promises better color and fast smart TV (webOS) operations. The TV supports Google's Assistant for natural language control, Dolby Atmos, HDR and 4K HFR.

LG OLEDG8

LG's OLED G8 is the company's high-end 2018 OLED TV - this 65" 4K TV has a unique on-glass design that extends the glass to the soundbar. The OLEDG8 is powered by LG's new a9 "intelligent processor" that promises better color and fast smart TV (webOS) operations. The TV supports Google's Assistant for natural language control, Dolby Atmos, HDR and 4K HFR.

LG OLEDG8 photo

The 65" OLEDG8 is now shipping in Europe for €4,999, and £4,999 in the UK (note: affiliate link to Amazon). The TV will cost $5,499 when it ships in the US.

Kyulux signs JDA agreements with both SDC and LGD - aims to have commercial ready TADF/HF emitters ready by mid 2019

Kyulux announced that it has signed joint-development agreements (JDAs) with both LG Display and Samsung Display. The LGD agreement was signed in January 2018 while the SDC one was recently signed. Both agreements focus on deep blue Hyperfluoresence / TADF emitters.

Kyulux HF/TADF lab photo

Kyulux hopes that by collaborating with the two leading OLED producers, it will be able to accelerate its material development - and it aims to have commercial red, green and blue HF/TADF emitters ready by mid 2019.

LG starts shipping its flagship 77" Wallpaper OLEDW8 TV in Europe

LG Electronics finally started shipping its flagship 2018 television - the 77" Wallpaper OLEDW8. The price of LG's leading OLED TV is around £14,500 in the UK (note: affiliate link to Amazon) and around €11,700 in Germany.

LG OLEDW8 photo

The 65-inch model, the OLED65W8 is shipping in the UK for £7,999 (note: affiliate link to Amazon) - or just over $10,000 USD. Interestingly both TVs are not shipping in the US yet.

Everdisplay starts producing a 2.95" 1K 90Hz VR AMOLED display

China-based AMOLED producer Everdisplay has started to mass produce VR AMOLED displays. The company's first such panel is a 2.95" 1080x1200 (547 PPI) panel that features a refresh rate of 90Hz, a maximum brightness of 100 nits and a MIPI Interface.

Everdisplay 2.95'' VR AMOLED banner

This new panel is now available through the OLED Marketplace. Let us know if you are interested in acquiring this display and use it in your future device.