Is this Samsung's second foldable smartphone?

New images were leaked on Chinese media, showing a new foldable phone design - that is reportedly made by Samsung. This could be the company's upcoming second foldable phone (the Galaxy Fold 2 perhaps?).

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 - leaked photo December 2019

The design looks somewhat similar to the clamshell Motorola Razr 2019 - but in Samsung's design (if this is indeed a Samsung phone) there is only a very small external display for notifications - which looks to be a white PMOLED.

Vivo X30 Pro

The Vivo X30 Pro smartphone features a 6.44-inch 1080x2400 Super AMOLED HDR (800 nits) display, with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor. Other features include an Exynos 980 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a quad camera setup.

Vivo X30 Pro photo

The Vivo X30 Pro is now shipping starting at around $550.

Motorola delays the foldable Razr 2019 launch due to high demand

Motorola says that due to unexpected high demand, it is delaying the launch of its $1,500 foldable OLED phone, the Razr 2019. The company did not announce a new launch date (previously it was December 26th) but says that the company "does not anticipate a significant shift from our original availability timeline".

Motorola Razr 2019 photo

Motorola says that "Since its announcement in November, the new motorola razr has received unparalleled excitement and interest from consumers. Demand has been high, and as a result, has quickly outgrown supply predictions".

Meyer Burger sells its PixDro inkjet printing unit to Suss MicroTec

Meyer Burger announced that it is selling its PixDro inkjet printing business to Germany-based Suss MicroTec SE. The agreed price is $5 million, and the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020. Meyer Burger reveals that PixDro currently has annual sales of around $8 million. This transaction continues Meyer burger's strategic focus on its solar (PV) business.

Meyer Burger CONx TFE system photo

PixDro develops and manufactures inkjet printing equipment for for the electronics and semiconductor industries. PixDro started out as a startup in Isarel, and was later integrated into the Netherlands-based OTB-Group, which was later renamed Roth & Rau AG, which was then acquired by Meyer Burger. The company continues its journey and will now be part of Suss MicroTec.

IHS: rigid AMOLED displays increase their lead in the smartwatch display market

IHS Markit says that rigid AMOLED is the leading smartwatch display technology, with a market share of 36% (in Q4 2019) - up from a market share of only 14% in the beginning of 2019. Rigid AMOLEDs enjoy the fastest growth of all display technologies.

Smartwatch display shipments by technology (2017-2019, IHS)

All OLED displays together (PMOLED, AMOLED and flexible OLEDs) take up a market share of 69%. The market share of PMOLED displays shrunk from 51% in 2018 to 19% in 2019 as rigid AMOLEDs starts to be adopted where PMOLED displays once were. To learn more about the PMOLED market and its future, see our PMOLED Market Report.

Reports from Korea suggests LG is the producer of Cadillac's 38-inch curved OLEDs

A few days ago we reported that Cadillac announced that its 2021 Escalade, to be unveiled on February 2020, will sport a 38-inch curved OLED display. A new report from Korea's Hankyung says that the producer of this display is LG Display.

Hankyung says that LG is pushing its automotive OLED displays, and will also supply OLED displays to Mercedes-Benz's 2020 E-Class car. LG is not alone as many display makers are developing and producing automotive OLED displays and aiming to take a part of this important market. To learn more about OLEDs for the automotive market, click here.

Visionox to supply Huami with a 2.07" highly curved AMOLED display

Visionox announced that it is supplying the highly-curved 2.07" 326 PPI 430 nits AMOLED display for Huami's next-generation Amazfit X smartwatch, which will be released in Q1 2020.

Huami Amazfit X photo

Huami, which is a subsidiary of Xiaomi, is enjoying great success with its wearable devices. In 2018 it has shipped 27.5 million smartwatches - surpassing even Apple. This could be an excellent design win for Visionox.

Huami Amazfit X

Huami's Amazfit x is the company's next-generation smartphone - which was teased but not officially introduced. The Amazfit will use a highly curved 2.07" 326 PPI 430 nits AMOLED display (produced by Visionox).

Huami Amazfit X photo

The Amazfit X will launch globally in Q1 2020.

IHS Markit - the Automotive OLED market is set to grow from $20 million in 2019 to over $4.5 billion in 2026

IHS Markit says that the automotive OLED market is set for fast growth - from around $20 million in 2019 (almost all from PMOLED displays) to over $360 million in 2020 and almost $4.5 billion in 2026.

Automotive OLED Market revenues forecast (2019-2026, IHS)

It seems as if IHS believes that AMOLED displays will finally penetrate the automotive market in 2020. Currently the only company that adopted AMOLEDs in its automobiles is Audi, and this is only in premium cars and niche applications.

RiTDisplay sees lower PMOLED sales, shifts focus to micro LED displays

Taiwan-based PMOLED display maker RiTDisplay's CEO says that the company's PMOLED sales has been affected by e-cigarette bans in the US, and the company is now shifting its focus to develop micro LED displays (and also mini-LED ones). RiTDisplay's revenues in 2019 to date, $47.1 million USD, decreased 32.4% compared to last year.

PlayNitride high-brightness high-density passive-matrix wearable Micro-LED prototype (SID 2019)

In May 2019 RiTDisplay announced a strategic partnership and share swap with Taiwan-based MicroLED developer PlayNitride. As part of the partnership, RiTDisplay gained access to PlayNitride's technology and is able to produce and sell micro-LED panel based on this technology and IP.

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