Article last updated on: Aug 13, 2018

Nokia: The OLED in the N8 is better than the one used in the N86 in sunlight

AllAboutSymbian has posted an interesting interview with Damian Dinning, Nokia's Imaging Chief - talking about the upcoming N8. He says that Nokia chose an AMOLED because of the richer colors and wide viewing angles. He also says that the new AMOLED used in the N8 is 'definitely' better than previous AMOLED efforts from Nokia (like the N86 and N85). It's not known how it compares to Samsung's 'Super AMOLED'.

This is good news, as users of the n85 has been complaining about sunlight readability: saying it is totally useless in such situations.

Is Nokia preparing a new 3.7" AMOLED phone?

There are rumors that Nokia is preparing a new handset, called the N87 Vasco, which will have a 3.7" touch AMOLED. It will also have a 12mp camera (Carl Zeiss optics & Xenon flash, with infra-night vision), Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio & transmitter, ARM Cotex 8 CPU (800Mhz), 16/32Gb of internal memory.

Samsung's Omnia II vs Nokia's N900 in direct sunlight

UPDATE: This video has been removed from YouTube

Yesterday we posted a video comparing the Samsung Omnia II's OLED vs the Nokia N900's LCD (and the OLED is much better, of course). Now the same user has uploaded another video, showing how the displays behave in direct sunlight - and the OLED is much better. This is interesting, as usually people say that OLED are very bad in such conditions. A couple of months ago we posted a story on this - showing examples of OLEDs in sunlight that are completely non-readable. Barry Young from the OLED association told us that newer OLED displays will be much brighter - perhaps he was right.

Top OLED gadgets for the 2009 holiday season

So the 2009 holiday season is almost here - and obviously you'd like a new gadget with an OLED display. So what are your options?


Sadly, there aren't that many OLED TVs around as we'd hope for. Sony is still selling the XEL-1 (at around $2,200) - but you should hurry, as they have stopped the production line, and will soon stop offering this TV. Your other option is LG's 15" OLED TV - but this is currently available in Korea only, for around $2600. It's probably best to wait a few years before actually buying an OLED TV...

Mobile phones

There are many OLED phones you can choose from... it seems that every week Samsung releases yet another smartphone with a large touch OLED. Samsung currently offers dozens of models - including the Impression, the Moment, the Behold II, the Omnia II and the Jet. Nokia is offering the N86 and even HP recently announced an OLED phone - the iPAQ Glisten.

Samsung Moment

Digital Cameras

Compared to mobile phones, there are very little OLED digital cameras around... There's the Samsung TL320 and the NV24HD, and also Nikon's new S70 - with a large touch AMOLED, 12Mp sensor and 5X optical zoo.

Nikon S70Nikon S70

OLEDs in sunlight

OLED is an emissive display technology - which means that it emits its own light, in contrast to a reflective display - which uses an external light source - an ePaper display for example, or an LCD which is a display that blocks light from a backlight unit.

OLEDs are bright, and provide great image quality, but because they are emissive, when viewed under direct sunlight (or any strong light source) they have a readability problem.

In early AMOLED displays, sunlight readability was very pure. The 2008 Nokia N85 for example, one of the first products with AMOLED displays, behaved very poorly in direct sunlight, as can be seen in the image below:

Nokia N85 prototype in direct sunlight photo

However display makers (lead by Samsung Display, the leader in AMOLED production) soon upgrades their OLEDs to included better solutions and today OLEDs actually perform better than the best LCDs in direct sunlight.

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDsCambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDs