Motorola Edge 20 / 20 Lite / 20 Pro

Motorola's Edge 20 family of smartphones include three phones, the Edge 20 Lite, the Edge 20 and the Edge 20 Pro.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro photo

The Edge 20 Life features a 6.7-inch 1080x2400 90Hz AMOLED display while the Edge 20 and Edge 20 Pro both feature a 6.7-inch 1080x2400 144Hz AMOLED display. The Edge 20 Pro features a 108MP camera with 5X optical zoom.

Samsung reports excellent results for Q2 2021, with strong demand for OLED displays

Samsung Electronics posted its financial results for Q2 2021, with record sales of $55.2 billion and a net profit of $10.9 billion. Samsung saw higher earnings at its memory and display businesses, offset by a decline in smartphone sales.

Samsung Galaxy A72 photo

Samsung Display says that OLED sales and profits increased because of wider adoption of OLED displays. SDC is worried that supply issues of display drivers may disrupt shipments in Q3, but demand for OLEDs in IT devices and gaming products are expected to see significant growth.

Oppo Watch 2

The Oppo Watch 2 is a smartwatch that comes in two variants, 42 mm with a 1.75-inch 372x430 AMOLED and a larger 46 mm (1.91-inch 402x476 AMOLED).

Oppo Watch 2 photo

The Watch 2 features a Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, heart rate tracking and a blood oxygen monitor.

ZTE Axon 30

ZTE's Axon 30 smartphone features a 6.92-inch 1080x2460 120Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 870 chipset, 6/8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a microSDXC memory slot, a quad camera setup, 5G connectivity and a graphene-based cooling system.

ZTE Axon 30 photo

The Axon 30 will be released in August 2021 in China.

OLED vs MicroLED - a technology comparison

MicroLED displays are exciting to many, as the technology seems to be the front runner for the next-generation display of choice in many market segments - from AR/VR glasses through wearables to TVs and IT displays.

MicroLED vs OLED vs LCD vs MicroLED tablet
The MicroLED industry though, even after billions of dollars spent on R&D, is still at a very early stage. Production costs are high, processes are not reliable enough, and there are several technical challenges to overcome before production can begin (except for some niche areas such as ultra large-size premium TVs).

LG Display reports a positive Q2 2021 on increased OLED panel sales

LG Display posted its financial results for Q2 2021, with revenues up 31% from 2020 to $6 billion and a profit of around $370 million. This was the company's best quarter in terms of revenues - as it enjoyed high OLED TV and pOLED sales, an increase in LCD panel price and good performance in displays for IT products.

LG Electronics 2021 OLED TV lineup

LG Display says it shipped over 3.5 million OLED TV panels in the first half of 2021, and it is on track to sell 8 million panels within the year. LGD aims to increase its capacity and produce 10 million OLED TV panels in 2022 and 11 million in 2023.

Samsung Electronics to launch its first QD OLED TVs in the first half of 2022

In 2019 Samsung Display formally announced its decision to invest $10.85 billion in QD-OLED TV R&D and production lines. It was reported before that SDC is started to produce panel prototypes, and is on track to start mass production in Q3 2021.

In the past it was suggested that Samsung Electronics does not want to adopt QD-OLED in its TV line, but this SE finally made that decision to commit to QD-OLEDs. A new report in Korea now says that Samsung Electronics plans to release the first QD-OLED TVs in the first half of 2022.

NTHU develops an efficient and long lasting bluelight-free tandem OLED device

Taiwan's National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU) Professor Jou and Dr. Wen have been developing OLED lighting technologies for many years, focusing on healthy bluelight-free OLEDs (so-called candle-light OLEDs) due to the hazards of modern lighting.

Light source spectrum comparison (NTHU, tandem OLED)

The researchers now report they have developed a new tandem-OLED device that improves the efficiency and lifetime of their candle-light OLEDs. The OLED's emission is totally blue-light free, which makes it even safer compared to NTHU's first-gen candle-light OLEDs.

LG gets ready to ship its 31.5" 4K printed-OLED monitor, and the first review is in

LG announced its first OLED monitor, the 4K 31.5" UltraFine OLED Pro (32EP950) back in January 2021. The monitor should start shipping by the end of July 2021 for $3,999 - and now the first review is in, by BH Photo.

The reviewer says that this new display is "astonishing" and "immersive" - but admittingly there are some trade offs (compared to other top-end monitors): lower peak brightness, non-variable refresh rate, connector choices, etc. The review says that the 32EP950 is "truly made for professionals" and will be a best fit for graphic design, image and video editing, and broadcast grading. This is not a general-use monitor, especially at that price tag.

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