Samsung's HS Kim may not think OLED TVs are coming to market any time soon, but notebooks with OLED displays are a different thing altogether, though. We can expect those in 2010, according to Woo Jong Lee, Vice President of the Mobile Display Marketing Team at Samsung SDI anyway.
Speaking in a keynote at a seminar in Tokyo, Lee discussed OLED screens in portable devices in general, such as mobile phones and small portable PCs before suggesting that laptops boasting OLED panels could arrive as early as 2010. Lee further commented that: "we are expecting 5-inch or larger OLED panels to be the mainstream in 2009 or 2010," which bodes well for potential OLED-sporting iPhone rivalling smartphones, as well as devices like netbooks - if that fad hasn't died out by then.
Lee touted advantages such as wide operating temperature range and great compatibility with touchscreens as benefits of using OLED technology in portable devices. Not to mention the potential implementation of flexible screens and the 'green factor' - by dint of being composed of organic material.
Also on the future-looking side, Lee's comments that "though the ultimate form is in-cell touch panel, capacitance touch-screen will be the mainstream for the next five or six years" seem pretty reasonable, too. Though the idea of an OLED panel (or any other type in fact) that is also a touch screen is an exciting one, such technology isn't exactly mainstream right now.
Interestingly, Lee also made some predictions about OLED pricing, suggesting that by 2015 before OLED pricing will probably hit 1.1 times that of LCD and that 28 per cent of Laptops will boast an OLED display by that point.
Anyone care to wager on these predictions?