eMagin announces two significant orders for OLED microdisplays

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported two significant orders for its OLED microdisplays - both from the defense sector.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

The first order is a follow-on order for $4.3 million in connection with the U.S. Army’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) program - which is expected to result in more orders as this is a multi-year program. The second order if from a major defense contractor (eMagin did not detail further) - and worth $5.6 million.

Guangzhou's government to support its local display industry with large subsidies

The government of the Guangzhou province in China announced that it aims to help its local display industry and have allocated large funds - up to 2 billion RMB (around $285 million USD) in subsidies per company. The goal is to help companies invest in production of emerging display technologies - including OLEDs, Micro-LEDs, QD-LEDs, 3D displays, e-paper displays, graphene enhanced display technologies and more.

LG Display 8.5-gen OLED TV fab in Guangzhou, China

The subsidies will be given to companies that start trial production, and when mass production begins.

Cadillac's 2021 Escalade to sport a 38-inch curved OLED display

Cadillac announced that the 2021 full-size luxury SUV Escalade will adopt a 38-inch curved OLED display. Cadillac says this OLED will enables bold imagery, perfect blacks and the largest color range available in the automotive industry.

The 38" OLED will sport "twice the number of pixels of a 4K TV". As it seems to be a very wide format, it could be a resolution of 8192 x 2160 or something like that. As this is the first time a 38" OLED is discussed, we do not know who is developing this display. A large number of companies are developing and producing automotive OLED displays - to learn more about this exciting new OLED market, click here.

BOE demonstrates a 55" 8K ink-jet printed OLED TV prototype

Yesterday BOE held its Innovation Partner Conference (IPC) at the Beijing APEC Center and the company unveiled a 55" 8K (160 PPI) OLED TV prototype produced by inkjet printing. The panel achieves a maximum brightness of 400 nits and a color gamut of 95% DCI-P3.

BOE 55'' printed OLED TV prototype (IPC-2018)

BOE inkjet-printed 55" 4K OLED TV (2018)

This is BOE's 2nd inkjet printing OLED TV prototype, the first one being a 55" 4K panel presented at BOE's 2018 IPC. These displays were both produced at BOE's R&D production line in Hefei that uses Kateeva's inkjet deposition equipment.

CNet reviews the Huawei Mate X foldable phone - and likes it alot

Last month Huawei finally launched its first foldable smartphone, the Mate X with a 8" 2200x2480 foldable AMOLED display (produced by BOE) that folds outwards. One of the first reviews was posted by CNet's Andrew Hoyle - who spent one day with this $2,400 device - and liked it a lot.

Huawei Mate X folding photo

The OLED itself seems to be a great display - Andrew says that it is a bright, vibrant and sharp display. When open, the 8" display is great for videos and images. Andrew also loves the folding mechanism works like a charm, and says that the device is a joy to use. Compared to the Galaxy Fold, he says that the Mate X is much thinner when closed which is important - and it is also much more usable when closed as it has a much larger display.

Ichigo Asset Management to invest up to $830 million in Japan Display

In August 2017, Japan Display announced a last-resort strategic focus on OLED displays as the Japanese display maker failed to shift to OLED displays in time. JDI found it extremely difficult to secure the needed funds, but it finally raised $430 million from Oasis Management group and one of its customers (likely to be Apple).

It is now reported that Ichigo Asset Management will invest up to $830 million in Japan Display.

Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung's Galaxy A71 is a large mid-range smartphone that features a 6.7" 1080x2400 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a quad-camera setup with a main 64MP sensor, a punch-hole selfie camera, a Qualcomm Snapdraon 730 chipset, 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and a microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy A71 photo

The Galaxy A71 will ship by the end of 2019.

Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung's Galaxy A51 is a mid-range smartphone that features a 6.5" 1080x2400 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a quad-camera setup with a main 48MP sensor, an Exynos 9611 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy A51 photo

The Galaxy A51 will ship by the end of December 2019.

Samsung Display expects 5G networks to drive up OLED smartphone sales

Samsung Display says that the surge of 5G-enabled smartphones will greatly benefit its OLED display business.

Samsung Galaxy S10e photo

Samsung says that 5G networks are expected to increase demand for smartphones in general. In addition, the thin form factor of OLED displays (compared to LCDs) enable smartphone makers to use more space for more sensors and larger batteries - which may be needed to support 5G networks.

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