OLED panels have taken over the high-end of the smartphone market, and Samsung Display wants to spread those same vibrant colors and inky blacks to the premium notebook sector as well. OLED displays are a rarity in the laptop market, and Samsung is now boasting that its latest UHD OLED display will be the crown jewel for OEMs looking to wow customers willing to step up their visual game.
Samsung says that this is the world's first 15.6-inch 4K OLED panel, and it is aimed at ultra-high resolution gaming, graphic design, and video streaming use cases. Samsung says the screen "is equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge functionality including a contrast ratio of exceptional quality, as well as extreme color accuracy, full HDR compatibility, a very wide color gamut, and remarkable outdoor visibility."
Above, you can see one of Samsung's laptop prototype units showcasing the panel. Not only does it show reasonably impressive contrast, but you'll also note its super-thin bezels around three of its borders, and even its bottom bezel. Samsung seems to be demonstrating a completely optimized industrial design format for its new panel technology as well.
Brightness levels for the new Samsung OLED panel range from 0.0005 to 600 nits and its dynamic contrast ratio is 120,000:1. When compared to regular LCDs, Samsung notes that its new panel has blacks that appear 200 times darker and whites that appear twice as bright. The Samsung OLED panel supports 3.4 million colors, which is twice as many colors as similarly-sized LCD panels. The panel is optimized to cover the full DCI-P3 HDR color gamut while emitting "significantly less blue wavelengths;" blue wavelengths can potentially be harmful to the eye and human circadian rhythms for sleep. Samsung also notes that the panel meets the latest
Samsung intends to begin mass production on its 15.6-inch 4K OLED laptop display next month. Once production is underway, it shouldn't be long before see the panels wind up in premium laptops from multiple OEM manufacturers.