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Samsung: OLED Notebooks In 2010


Samsung: OLED Notebooks In 2010

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?


December 4, 2008, 1:01 am

I'm all for getting behind advances in OLED, it's the future, and with no (major) rivals to the technology I can't wait for it to arrive, and even more-so for it to one day become affordable and current LCD and Plasma panels. It was destined to move into the notebook market at some stage, the battery life benefits alone are worth the wait, not to mention the claims on contrast ratio and the likes. Sammy seem to innovate in most fields of technology, and though we've seen concept Sony OLED panels on a few occasions it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if Samsung were the first-to-market with a mainstream OLED-packing TV. Albeit for a wallet-destroying price... at least for a few years.

That's a Pioneer KURO LX5090OLED on my 2017 Xmas list! (fingers crossed)


December 4, 2008, 6:54 pm

No Major rivals? What about FED/SED? And OLED apparently has some short-term fading issues right now so it's not all wonderful.

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