Items tagged with OLED

During CES 2019 there were a bunch of dazzling OLED TVs on display that promised better image quality than the LCD sets that made up most TVs at the show. Sony has now thrown down the gauntlet by announcing pricing for its brand new range of gorgeous OLED TVs. Sony's new 4K OLED TV starts at $2,499.99 for an A8G 55-inch unit with the TV shipping in May. OLED TV fans wanting a larger 65-inch screen will pay $3,499.99, with that TV available in May. Sony will have higher-end OLED TVs available as well and has announced prices on its Master Series A9G 4K OLED TVs. The segment starts at a 55-inch size for $3,499.99, and the larger 65-inch will sell for $4,499.99: both ship in May. Stepping up... Read more...
The current Apple Watch Series 4 launched to much fanfare in part because of ECG functionality that can detect an abnormal heartbeat in a person. That feature rolled out widely last December thanks to watchOS 5.1.2, and the Apple Watch reportedly grabbed half of the smartwatch market in Q4 2018.  A new rumor has now surfaced that claims the Apple Watch Series 5 expected to launch this year will continue to us an OLED screen, this time supplied by Japan Display. The rumor is attributed to two sources familiar with Apple's plans, but not authorized to speak to the public. Japan Display being attached to the rumor is a good thing for the company as it's profits have been hit hard as Apple has... Read more...
Slowly but surely, the mobile industry is moving towards OLED displays to replace traditional LED LCD panels. It is a costly proposition, hence why the transition is not happening overnight, but the payoff is an overall better display with better color accuracy and more vibrant and brighter pixels that pop. Rather than continue to monkey around with both panel types, it's rumored that Apple will make a wholesale swap to OLED with its next round of iPhone models. Obviously a rumor and confirmation are two very different things. That said, it would not surprise us if Apple made the leap to OLED for all three of its upcoming iPhone XI models, rather than just the two higher end ones. After all,... Read more...
There aren't many manufacturers of smartphone displays in the world, but Samsung Display is one of the biggest suppliers. This display maker of course also cranks out the screens that Samsung uses in its smartphones, including the recently unveiled Galaxy Fold. One of the reasons that the Galaxy Fold smartphone will cost nearly $2,000 is its slick folding screen. It makes sense that Samsung Display would want to ramp-up orders, allowing it to build in larger bulks and reduce prices with the economies of scale. A new report has surfaced that suggests that Samsung Display is doing just that and also has sent folding screen samples to both Apple and Google. The displays that were allegedly... Read more...
Earlier this week, Samsung announced their new 2019 lineup of 4K and 8K televisions using a display technology they call QLED. The term QLED looks suspiciously like OLED, but do the two technologies actually have much in common? After fielding a few questions about this on our website and social media, we want to clear up any confusion between them and expound on what to expect in terms of picture quality from each. We will start at the beginning with a basic LED LCD display. Virtually everyone has encountered one of these displays at some point in their life as they make up the majority of the market. These use a white LED backlight to shine through tiny red, green, and blue filters to create... Read more...
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... Read more...
Football fans know that the biggest game of the year is right around the corner. Many fans are looking to get a bigger screen in their living room to enjoy the game, and TV makers are offering up big discounts. Yesterday we mentioned a big sale on TCL 4K Roku smart TVs over at Amazon. If you have the budget for something fancier, LG has announced significant price cuts on its B8 series OLED TV models that offer up to $1,000 off the normal retail price. LG is offering two models with big discounts, the 55-inch B8 initially sold for $2,299.99 and with the discount for the big game the TV can be had for $1,499.99. If you want a larger screen, the 65-inch B8 that initially sold for $3,299.99 is now... Read more...
We're suckers for awesome gaming displays, and Dell has an incredibly impressive Alienware 55 OLED Monitor at CES 2019 that measures 55 inches diagonally. That's a lot of screen real estate for a gaming display, and luckily it has the specs and expected performance to make it one of the best new products that we've seen so far at the show. As its name implies, the Alienware 55 OLED Monitor ditches "old school" LCD technology and instead uses a 4K OLED HDR panel with a variable refresh rate up to a relatively lofty 120Hz. From the front, the display features a clean and minimalistic design that could easily be shared with any number of large-screen TVs on the market. However,... Read more...
You might not realize this, but there are four kinds of plagues. Most people are familiar with the first three—bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic. In 2017, the Essential Phone introduced a fourth kind of plague called The Notch! It infected Apple before spreading to more Android devices and was starting to get out of control, but smartphone makers are starting to work on vaccines. Along those lines, Samsung may introduce a potential cure that it's calling "Sound on Display." It's exactly like it sounds—the display itself emits sound. How so? Instead of leveraging external speakers, there is a piezoelectric speaker beneath the screen, which adheres to the display. In a typical smartphone,... Read more...
Big screen televisions are fairly common now, and even though they have slimmed down considerably since the days of rear projection TVs, they can still take up a lot of space in the living room. LG is attempting to make them less of a dominating presence. How so? The company apparently has plans to launch a 65-inch rollable OLED TV sometime next year. LG actually showed this off at the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2018. At the time, LG said its rollable TV highlighted the "distinctive technological edges and unlimited potential of OLEDs." While a bit hyperbolic (and it seems something may have been lost in translation), it's an interesting concept all the same. "It can be rolled... Read more...
Samsung is plowing through any pessimism that might exist among financial analysts, and heading towards record quarterly profits, according to the South Korean electronic maker's third quarter guidance. While the official numbers are still be tallied, Samsung expects to report an operating profit of 17.5 trillion Korean won (around $15.5 billion) from 65 trillion won (~$57.5 billion) in sales revenue. Assuming those figures hold true, Samsung's profit will be around 20 percent higher than it was in the same quarter a year ago, and around 18 percent higher than the previous quarter. The numbers could potentially be even higher as well, as Samsung's guidance split the difference between the company's... Read more...
The next big thing in TVs is certainly OLED sets with screens that are much brighter and offer better image quality than LED technologies (not to mention better black levels). The concern for many of the people who have researched OLED TVs the higher occurrences of burn-in compared to LED-baclkit TVs. The folks over at RTINGS performed real-life burn-in testing on LG OLED C7 TVs to get to the bottom of OLED burn-in. In the test, the publication purchased six of the sets and set up an accelerated aging test to see what type of content was most likely to lead to burn-in and how fast it can happen. The testing is still ongoing as of this writing, but already the publication reports that the... Read more...
Samsung has done very well historically with DisplayMate ratings, with the Galaxy S8 receiving its highest ever rating at the time it launched. Earlier this year, the Galaxy S9 was crowned the best smartphone display in the world. DisplayMate's test report for the Galaxy Note 9 shows that the smartphone's display performance has reached record-setting "Outstanding" levels and set many new Display Performance Records. One of those records was for Absolute Color Accuracy scoring a "very impressive" 0.5 JNCD making it "Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect." DisplayMate wrote in the test results that the Note 9 display was "almost certainly considerably better than your existing Smartphone,... Read more...
Earlier this month, Samsung issued guidance for Q2 2018, indicating that revenue and profit would be down compared to the previous quarter and that profit would be up slightly for the quarter, year-over-year. Samsung blamed this guidance on soft sales of its premier Galaxy S9 family. Today, the company released its official results for Q2, and they're right in line with the earlier guidance. Consolidated revenue for the quarter came in at KRW 58.48 trillion ($52.3 billion), which represented a 4 percent drop compared to the same period last year. However, operating profit rose by 6 percent to 14.87 trillion ($13.3 billion). According to Samsung, the drop in quarterly revenue was primarily... Read more...
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