Is Xiaomi developing a transparent OLED monitor in collaboration with Samsung?

In an interesting report from China, it is claimed that Xiaomi is developing a 27-inch transparent OLED monitor, based on panels supplied by Samsung Display. According to the rpeort Xiaomi plans to release this display by 2021.

Xiaomi Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition photo

Last month Xiaomi announced the world's first "consumer" transparent OLED TV, the Xiaomi Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition that features a 55" 120Hz 120Hz WOLED TV panel. The Mi TV Lux is now shipping in China for 49,999 yuan (around $7,200).

New Online Format Announced for the 2020 OLEDs World Summit

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Taking place over three half-day sessions on September 30-October 2, 2020, this year's conference will provide the latest developments, key industry insights, and valuable networking opportunities you have come to expect, but with full remote access from the comfort of your home or office.

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As the longest running conference dedicated to the lighting and display industry, the OLEDs World Summit is the only place to get a comprehensive view of the current OLED market, innovations for the future, and competing and emergent technologies.

Samsung Electronics collaborates with Corning on Ultra Thin Glass technology for foldable OLEDs

Samsung started to adopt ultra-thin glass covers for its foldable AMOLEDs, instead of polyimide, as it says UTG offers higher durability. In the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung used a UTG cover produced by Korea-based Dowoo Insys, who processes Schott's ultra thin glass for Samsung Display.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip photo

In April 2020 it was reported that Samsung Electronics wants to develop its own UTG cover technology, as as it feels that Samsung Display's UTG is still not robust enough and the company also wants to increase production yields and reduce costs. Now there are new reports from Korea that say that Samsung Electronics is collaborating with Corning in this new UTG project.

Asus launches four new laptops with AMOLED displays

Asus announced its new 2020 laptops, with four models that use OLED displays. The convertible laptops, ZenBook Flip S (UX371) and ZenBook Flip 13 (UX363) feature a "NanoEdge" 13.3" UHD AMOLED display. The ZenBook Flip 15 (UX564) is a larger convertible laptop that features a 15-inch 4K OLED NanoEdge display.

Asus Zenbook Flip S UX371 photo

The 2020 Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (UX535) is said to be the world's smallest laptop that features a 15.6" 4K OLED display. It also features 10th-generation Intel Core i7 and i5 H-series processors.

ZTE launches the world's first smartphone with an under-the-OLED camera, the Axon 20 5G

ZTE announced the Axon 20 5G, the first smartphone with an under-the-OLED camera. The Axon 20 5G features a full-screen 6.92-inch 1080x2460 90Hz AMOLED display and will ship in a few days in China for around $320.

ZTE Axon 20 5G photo

The Axon 20 5G also sports an under-the-display fingerprint sensor - and ZTE says that it includes an "under-the-OLED" sound, which could mean that the OLED acts as a speaker membrane (in a similar way to LG's Crystal Sound Technology), but it is not clear exactly.

BOE shipped 16 million flexible OLED panels in H1 2020, plans to ship 40 million 2020 in total

During the company's conference call, BOE says that it plans to ship over 40 million flexible OLED panels in 2020. In the first half of the year BOE shipped 16 million units, and it expects to ship over 24 million units in the second half.

This target means that BOE expects its shipments to rise over 130% from 2019 (it shipped around 17 million units, according to Omdia). This 40 million target is actual a sharp drop from BOE's plans at the end of 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic - to ship over 70 million panels.

OLED material producer Jilin OLED raises $166 in an IPO

China's Jilin Optical and Electronic Materials is now a public company, as it starts trading on the Shanghai STAR Market (ticker 688378). The company raised 1.14 billion Yuan (US$166 million), and the IPO was 3,426 times oversubscribed.

 Jilin Optical and Electronic Materials materials and OLEDs

Jilin Optical and Electronic Materials was established in 2005. The company develops and produces a range of OLED materials, including hole injection materials, hole transport materials, light-emitting layer materials and electron transport materials. In 2019 it Jilin etablished a $85 million OLED Material R&D center in China.

Xiaomi to start making smartphones with Under-Display cameras next year, developed its own pixel scheme

Xiaomi announced that it will start producing smartphones that adopt the company's Under-Display Camera technology next year. Xiaomi says that this is actually the company's third-gen under-the-OLED camera technology, that hasn't been adopted in mass market products yet.

Xiaomi 3rd-gen under-display camera technology image

Xiaomi says that it's latest development enabled the front camera to be completely disguised. This was achieved by a new pixel arrangement (with a large aperture ratio) developed by Xiaomi, and the optimization of the camera algorithms.

OTI Lumionics receives a strategic investment from LG Technology Ventures

LG Technology Ventures (LG's venture capital investment arm) announced a strategic investment in OTI Lumionics. The investment will help OTI accelerate the adoption of its materials including its including its ConducTorr CPM solution for under display cameras.

A few weeks ago OTI announced that its latest version of ConducTorr Cathode Patterning Material (CPM) is ready for mass production and will start shipping in Q4 2020 for use in next generation mobile devices and other displays.

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