Article last updated on: May 04, 2017

OLED is a next-generation display technology, based on organic (carbon-based) materials. OLED displays tend to offer sharp images, great contrast and vibrant colors. OLEDs are also very power efficient, can be made very thin - and in fact can be flexible and transparent.

Digital photo frames with OLEDs are better

OLEDs perform better than LCDs in every aspect - except for the price. Having an OLED displays in your photo frame has the following advantages:

  • OLEDs use less power
  • OLEDs have faster refresh rate and better contrast.
  • OLEDs are brighter, and have a better viewing angle
  • OLEDs weight less, and are also thinner.

What's on the market today

Small photo frames with OLEDs are now available to buy. Digital Foci for examples makes them in two sizes - 1.5" and 2.8". These are "keychain" frames. Small, but cheap - the 1.5" is available for 15$. It uses a PMOLED display - and this is an old product first launched in 2003.

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If you want a larger photo frame, then you are out of luck - as currently there is no such product on the market. Kodak used to offer a 7.6" wireless OLED frame, but this product was discontinued years ago. Kodak's frame featured built-in Wi-Fi to access photos, 2GB of storage - but the price was very high at $800...

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