HP to ship its first AMOLED laptops in April 2019

HP introduced its 2019 Spectre x360 15 high-end laptop in CES 2019 - including a top-of-the-line variant that sports a 15.6" 4K AMOLED display. HP originally aimed to start shipping it in March 2019, but this did not happen and according to Anandtech, the company says it now hopes to start shipping it on April 19.

HP Spectre x360 15 photo

Interestingly Anandtech also says that HP will release an updated HP Envy laptop which will also sport the same AMOLED display. We do not have more details on the new Envy laptop yet.

eMagin announces its financial results for Q4 2018, delivers OLED microdisplays for F35 helmet flight tests

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q4 2018. While eMagin sees growing demand for its products and an increased backlog ($10.6 million as of the end of 2018), the company experienced a manufacturing equipment related issue in Q4 which resulted in lower yields and loss of production. Revenues were $5.4 million (down from $6.4 million in Q4 2017) and the net loss was $2.5 million.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

Looking at the whole year of 2018, revenues were $26.2 million (up 19% from 2017) and net loss was $9.6 million. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had approximately $3.4 million of cash, cash equivalents.

KAIST researchers develop a washable wearable solar-powered OLED device

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a self-powered wearable and washable OLED display device. The whole device is fabricated on textiles and the efficient OLED devices are driven by polymer solar modules.

Washable and wearable PSC and OLED device (KAIST)

Both the OLED device and the polymer solar panels are sensitive to moisture and oxygen, and regular OLED encapsulation will not protect such a device when washed. The researches designed a new washable encapsulation barrier using both ALD and spin coating. The device is flexible (curvature radius of 3 mm) and survived 20 washing cycles of 10 minutes each with little change in performance.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A70 is a large smartphone that features a 6.7" 1080x2400 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, an octa-core chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, micro-SD slot and a triple camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy A70 photo
The Galaxy A70 is now shipping globally at around $350.

B&H photo reveals Sony's 2019 OLED TV prices

B&H photo is now listing Sony's 2019 range of OLED TVs. There's no shipping date yet, but there are prices for all of Sony's 2019 OLEDs. The mid-range A8G will cost $1,999 for the 55" model and $2,999 for the 65" model. The high-end consumer reference-quality A9G will cost $2,799 for the 55" model, $3,799 for the 65" model and $7,999 for the 77" model.
Sony A8G photo

Sony' A8G features Sony's X1 Extreme processor, Android TV, Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio (the entire screen is the speaker), 4K upscaling (X-Reality PRO) and Motionflow XR for smooth fast action. The A9G adds Sony's Pixel Contrast Booster and an automated calibration mode (including a dedicated mode for Netflix).

CLSA updates on BOE's AMOLED production plans for 2019

Market analysts from CLSA say that in 2018 BOE shipped 2.7 million flexible OLED displays to Huawei, its main customer. These were produced at BOE's Chengdu B7 6-Gen OLED fab, which has reached yields of over 75% (DSCC estimates that BOE's yields are around 50%).

CLSA says that BOE will soon start ramping the second phase of its B7 line, and the company expects to ship 30-50 million AMOLED panels in 2019. CLSA says that this is a highly aggressive target - and they believe actual shipments will only be 12.9 million in 2019.

Huawei P30 / P30 Pro

Huawei's P30 smartphone features a 6.1" 1080x2340 AMOLED display (6.47" 1080x2340 on the P30 Pro), a Kirin 980 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128/256 GB of storage (the P30 Pro has a 512GB variant) in addition to a Nano Memory card slot. The P30 also features a triple camera setup (quad-camera on the P30 Pro) and an under-the-display fingerprint sensor.

Huawei Mate P30 Pro photo

The P30 and P30 Pro are now shipping globally, starting at around $550. The P30 Pro 8Gb costs around $1,200.

Samsung says its display earnings were lower than expected in Q1 2019

Samsung Electronics announced that it expects its first quarter earnings to be below market expectations - due to weakness in its display and memory businesses.

Samsung says that LCD prices have dropped more than expected and demand for its flexible OLED also declined. Analysts from Susquehanna Financial Group estimate that a weak smartphone market and a "dramatic" decline of Apple iPhone OLED orders caused Samsung Display's revenue to decline around 50% compared to Q4 2018.

Reports from China suggest excellent sales of Samsung's Galaxy S10

A report from China suggests that Samsung sold over 500,000 units of its new flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones in China in only 7 days. it tok 30 days to achieve the same number of sales for Samsung's GS9 smartphone in 2018. Within two weeks of its launch, the GS10 is sold out in Hong Kong.

Samsung Galaxy S10 photo

Reviews on Samsung's GS10 has been very positive, and Samsung expects to sell 40-45 million units in 2019.