Here come the OLED laptops - SDC to start producing 15.6" UHD OLEDs next month

Samsung Display announced that it will start mass producing its new 15.6" UHD (3840x2160) OLED display panels in February 2019. SDC is targeting premium laptops, as these ultra high resolution panels are optimized for gaming, graphic design and video streaming.

HP Spectre x360 15 photo

At CES we saw three companies that announced 15" OLED laptops - HP with its Spectre x360, Lenovo with the Yoga C730 and Dell with the XPS 15, Dell G7 15 and the Alienware m15. It is likely that at least some of these laptops will start shipping in March 2019 when SDC can start supplying the panels.

Samsung says that the new AMOLED panels, in addition to the very high resolution, feature high contrast ratio, extreme color accuracy, full HDR compatibility, a very wide color gamut, and remarkable outdoor visibility. The brightness level ranges from 0.0005 to 600 nits. Coupled with the high contrast (120,000:1), this maximizes the HDR benefits.

Samsung also says that the displays support the entire DCI-P3 color gamut - while emitting "significantly less blue wavelengths" compared to LCDs. Blue light emission can potentially be harmful to the eye.

Samsung has been producing laptop OLEDs in the past, but it seems that the company is finally confident that its new panels are really suitable for a larger part of the market, and hopefully we will see more laptop makers adopt OLEDs in the future - also in mid-range devices and not just high-end ones.

Posted: Jan 23,2019 by Ron Mertens


I hope these are anti-glare non-glossy matte panels.

i'm afraid of burn in with OLED display, on a laptop usage, some part of the screen could display same image for a long period of time.

well, i hope they ARE glossy. matte is horrible for color. why in the heck would you want matte with an oled. you make literally no sense. - at all.

For laptops the only right choice is the matte screen. Glossy screens are only for indoor use and if you care the colors and quality, you should use proper workstations with hoods. 

It is an urban legend, 10 years that I have oled in my various devices (smartphone, tv, tab, ...).

Never had a burn problem.

I have been using my tab s5e for almost a year as a 2nd pc screen so still image for a very long time, no problem!

letters (without scaling) on 4k on 15" are small. It's unbeliveable how sharp this panel is that you can read them. Not possible on IPS. Amazing oled panel. Comparing it to same notebook with IPS you start hating IPS.