B&H photo lists LG's 2019 OLED TVs for pre-order

LG did not yet announce the price and availability of its 2019 OLED TVs, but B&H photo in the US now lists LG's OLED TV range - ready for pre-orders.

LG OLED C9 photoSo first up we have the basic model, the OLED C9. The 55" model costs $2,496.99 while the 65" one costs $3,496.99 and the 77" costs $6,996.99. The C9 is LG's basic 2019 OLED TV, based on LG's 2nd-gen Alpha 9 intelligent processor which enables LG's ThinQ AI to offer new display algorithms and Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant.

Tianma demonstrates transparent and ink-jet printed OLED prototypes

Tianma demonstrated new display technologies at Embedded World in Germany, including two new OLED prototypes. First up is a 10.3" 91 PPI transparent AMOLED panel that features a transparency of up to 50% and high brightness (not disclosed).

The second display is a 4.92" 403 PPI AMOLED that was produced using an ink-jet printing process. Tianma's technology was jointly developed with Guangdong Juhua Printing and Display Technology (which was established in 2016 by CSoT and TianMa).

Nokia 9 PureView

The Nokia 9 PureView is a photography-focused smartphone that features a 5.99" 1440x2880 LGD pOLED display, a five-camera setup with Zeiss optics, a snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage - and an under-the-display fingerprint sensor.

Nokia 9 PureView photo

The Nokia 9 PureView is shipping for around $700,

ZTE Nubia Alpha

ZTE's Nubia Alpha is a smart bracelet that sports a tall flexible OLED display - a 4" panel with a resolution of 192 x 960. The wearable device can be unfolded to be used as a smartphone.

ZTE Nubia Alpha photo
The Nubia Alpha is based around a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, and features 1GB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. The Alpha has a single 5MP camera and has supports LTE connectivity (there's also a Bluetooth-only variant) and has a built-in GPS and a heart rate sensor.

TCL shows foldable OLED devices prototypes at MWC 2019

China-based TCL has unveiled a new foldable OLED phone prototype at MWC 2019. The device uses a 7.2" 2048 x 1546 AMOLED display that folds inwardly (in a similar way to the Samsung Galaxy Fold). TCL's device, however, is a prototype and not a product.

TCL is both a smartphone maker and a display producer. This device was demonstrated by the smartphone maker arm - and we are not sure whether it uses a foldable OLED produced at TCL's own OLED lines (CSoT's T4 6-Gen flexible OLED line in Wuhan should enter production soon) or whether the panel is produced by Samsung, BOE or Visionox.

Samsung Galaxy A30 / A50

Samsung's Galaxy A30 is a mid-range smartphone that features a 6.4" 1080x2340 Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 7885 Octa chipset, 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of storage, a microSD slot and a dual camera setup. The A30 is waterproof (IP68) and has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A30 photoThe Galaxy A50 has the same display, but features a stronger CPU (Exynos 9610) and more memory (4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of storage). The A50 also has a finger print sensor under the OLED.

We discuss the upcoming SID DisplayWeek with Sri Peruvemba

SID DisplayWeek, the world's premier display industry event will take place this year in San Jose, California on May 12-17. We discussed the event and the display industry at large with Sri Peruvemba - a dear personal friend and a Vice President at the SID organization.

Q: Hello Sri - thanks for your time! SID DisplayWeek has always been our favorite display industry event. Can you tell us what to expect from the 2019 edition? Any new planned event features?

Thank you, its my favorite event as well. In 2019, we can expect over 200 exhibitors showing all the latest display tech and applications in AR/VR, automotive, OLED, AMOLED, micro-LED, LCDs, quantum dots – and more.

Nubia demonstrates its Alpha foldable device, will ship in April 2019

In September 2019 Nubia unveiled a smartband that turns into a smartphone - with a foldable OLED display. Nubia said it will launch its Alpha foldable smartband by the end of 2018. This did not happen, but at MWC 2019 the company demonstrated the device again - and announced a new release date and prices.

The Nubia Alpha will start shipping in April 2019 in the US and Europe - but only the Bluetooth variant. The cost will be around $500. Nubia will also release an eSIM device - which will cost $624 and will launch in Q3 2019.

LG announces its new 5G and CSO OLED smartphones

LG announces three new smartphones that feature AMOLED displays. First up we have the G8 ThinQ, a high end smartphone that features a 6.1" 1440x3120 Crystal Sound OLED, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a microSD slot and a triple camera setup.

LG G8 ThinQ photoLG also offers a variant called the G8s ThinQ which sports a slightly larger display (but with lower density) - a 6.2" 1080x2240 pOLED. Otherwise the specifications are quite similar. The idea is that a CSO display vibrates and turns into a diaphragm - to produce high quality sound. LG says that such a speaker improves the clarity compared to regular smartphone speakers. The G8 ThinQ will also use other audio technology, including DST-X 3D Surround Sound emulation, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) and more.

Huawei launches its foldable Mate X 5G smartphone

Huawei launched its first foldable smartphone, the Mate X with a glorious 8" 2200x2480 foldable AMOLED display that folds outwards. When closed, the phone operates as it has two displays - a 6.6" 1148x2480 on the front and a smaller 6.38" 2480x892 display on the back (which makes room for the cameras).

The Mate X specifications include 5G connectivity, a Kirin 980 octa-core chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, a NM memory slot and a quad camera setup with Leica optics.