Samsung's 2018 Galaxy S9 will use the same display size as the S8

Jul 23, 2017

According to the Korea Herald, Samsung decided to "play it safe" with its next year's flagship phone and it will adopt the same basic design as in its current Galaxy S8. The 2018 Galaxy S9 will use a 5.8" Infinity curved Super AMOLED display (and the S9+ will use a 6.2" display as used in the S8+).

Samsung Galaxy S8 photo

It is likely that even if this report is true, Samsung Display will use an enhanced display. Even though the display used in the GS8 was "the best mobile display ever" according to DisplayMate - there is still room for improvement, for example higher resolution (good for VR), better efficiency or a larger color gamut.

Lenovo says its foldable wrist device could ship within 2-3 years

Jul 23, 2017

In December 2016 Lenovo demonstrated two foldable device prototypes. One of these devices is the CPlus, a smartphone that can be turned into a smartwatch. A few days ago Lenovo demonstrated the CPlus again, saying that such devices could be on the market within 2-3 years.

Lenovo CPlus prototype photo

The CPlus device demonstrated now is similar to the the original one shown in 2016 - but the display size has been slightly increased (to 4.35" from 4.26"). CPlus runs on a customized Android version, includes an embedded SIM card and has a camera that can be motion triggered so it can be used in the wearable mode.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon

Luxury brand Louis Vuitton's first smartwatch, the Tambour Horizon, is an Android Wear 2 device that uses a 1.4" 390x390 round AMOLED display, sapphire crystal cover and a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon photo

The Tambour Horizon will cost between $2,450 (stainless steel) and $2,900 (black) when it released later in 2017.

Is LG facing delays with flexible OLED production at its E5 plant? Reports suggest LGD lost Xiaomi's supply deal to SDC

Jul 22, 2017

According to Taiwan's Digitimes, LG Display is facing delays in flexible OLED production at its $900 million E5 line in Gumi that should have started producing panels last month, but now it is expected to start mass production in August.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 photo

In April 2017 it was reported that LG Display has secured a 5.5" flexible OLED supply deal to China-based Xiaomi, for the company's next-gen flagship phone. According to Digitimes, however, LGD now lost this supply deal and Xiaomi has ordered over 3 million flexible OLEDs (6" QHD ones) from Samsung, who will supply the displays in December 2017 and January 2018. Xiaomi will have to delay the launch of its flagship phone to early 2018.

The new Audi A8 sports OLED rearlights

Jul 22, 2017

Audi unveiled its flagship luxuries sedan, the new Audi A8 - which will go on sale towards the end of 2017 in Germany. This car includes several new technologies - including the first Level 3 assisted driving (which can drive completely autonomously in slow traffic jams).

Audi A8 OLED Rearlights photo

The new A8's front lighting uses HD Matrix LED headlamps with Audi laser lighting, and the rear lights use OLED lighting. It's not clear whether the OLED lighting is optional as was the case with Audi's first OLED car, the 2016 TT RS. The new A8 also includes an OLED display for passengers in the back that can be used to control the car's infotainment systems.

Korean researchers develop a new way to quickly transfer thin OLED films during the manufacturing process

Jul 21, 2017

Researchers from Korea's National University developed a new process based on high-pressure gas sprays that can be used to rapidly transfer OLED layers very quickly - which could reduce the manufacturing time of OLED panels by 90%.

KNU high pressure gas film-transfer method scheme

The new process uses a new air jet technology that sprays desquamating gas such as nitrogen, argon and air at high pressures. The gas is sprayed at a speed of 300 m/s between the OLED and a substrate - which reduces the binding power of the OLED from the substrate, and increases the binding energy of the organic layers being transferred. This can be used to quickly transfer thin films without damage them.

Video shows LG Display's latest displays shown at SID DisplayWeek

Jul 21, 2017

A new video shows LG's large SID DisplayWeek 2017 booth. The video begins with some displays we have seen before - LG's latest wallpaper OLED TVs and its Crystal Sound OLED system, but then continues to show some new displays.

LG demonstrated two flexible OLEDs for mobile devices - a 5.5" QHD (1440,2560, 538 PPI) panel and a 5.7" FHD (388 PPI) panel. Both are plastic-based and are conformable (edge-type). The displays offer a brightness of 350 nits. LG says the 5.7" FHD is now in mass production, while the 5.5" QHD will be ready in Q2 2017 (which means it's should already be in production). The video also shows a glimpse of LG's "VR displays" - but no details are given (this was for some reason labeled as confidential).

SmartKem announced OTFT advances in Asia

Jul 19, 2017

SmartKem announced that it has finalized an industrial grade 2.5-Gen (400x500 mm) process for the mass production of OTFT backplanes on glass or plastic. SmartKem achieved this step at its pilot line in the UK CPI and its own synthesis and formulation Technology Centre based at Hexagon Tower in Manchester. The approved process is now being transferred to its production partners in Asia. The OTFT backplanes can be used for LCD or OLED displays.

SmartKem's customer will integrate the new process in a pilot line for the manufacture of product prototypes and scaled display production. It is anticipated that the first display products manufactured through this collaboration will hit the Asian market within 12-18 months.

IHS: the AMOLED FMM market will reach $1.2 billion in sales in 2021

Jul 18, 2017

Analysts from IHS say that as AMOLED displays continue to replace LCD displays and the AMOLED market is growing quickly - the market for fine metal mask (FMM) components will also experience fast growth in coming years.

AMOLED FMM revenue forecast (2017-2022, IHS)

IHS sees the FMM market in 2017 generate $234 in revenues. The market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38% until 2022 - to reach $1.2 billion. IHS says that FMM production is a challenge and FMM technology has become a bottleneck as display resolution is increasing and the number of FMM suppliers is limited. The leading producer is Dai Nippon Printing, and the company's FMM masks are using to produce the majority of AMOLED displays.

Vivo X9s / X9s Plus

Vivo's X9s is an Android smartphone that features a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a snapdragon 652 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of RAM and a 16 MP primary camera. The X9s Plus sports a large display (5.85" FHD) and a larger battery.

Vivo X9s photo

The X9s will start shipping by the end of July 2017.

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