Also bets on possible AMOLED screen for rumored 'iWatch' device
Computer research firm DisplaySearch has published its 2014 tech forecast, and is predicting that the next-generation iPhone (expected to arrive next fall) will sport a dramatically larger display. The report -- which is not based on any insider knowledge, but has in the past been known to guess correctly on Apple's moves -- calls for as large as a 5.5-inch high-resolution display. The company also believes Apple may use AMOLED display technology for its rumored "iWatch."
Samsung looks to boost AMOLED display power efficiency with Novaled tech
Samsung is positioning to acquire Novaled AG in a deal said to worth up to $200 million, reports Bloomberg. The German company specializes in the development of materials and technologies designed to optimize OLED displays and already counts Samsung as a 10 percent stakeholder and customer for over 50 percent of its sales. Many of Samsung’s popular Galaxy range of smartphones center on AMOLED display technology with Samsung targeting the full takeover of the company for its energy conserving techniques.
Senior Optical Engineer listing posted April 1, pulled April 10
A job listing from Apple was posted on April 1 and removed today, revealing Apple's demand for a "Senior Optical Engineer." The listing, before its removal, was seeking "a Display Specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible displays," possibly to work with the pair of patents it was recently awarded on flexible devices that could change operating modes as a user manipulates the display.
AUO starts mass production of AMOLED panels
Taiwanese display giant AU Optronics is set to ship its first AMOLED mobile display panels to Sony and HTC in June, according to Digitimes. Currently, Samsung display division dominates the manufacture of AMOLED panels. However, AU Optronics yield rates are only at 20 percent on average at this early stage in its implementation of the technology, meaning that it will still be some time before it poses a serious competitive threat to Samsung.
Ignis designs high-res, non-pentile AMOLED display
Ignis Innovations has announced that it has developed the technology for a high density, high-resolution AMOLED display. It reaches the “Retina Display” benchmark of 300 pixels per inch, and is one of the first to do so with an AMOLED display. Its introduction should usher in the next generation of high-resolution AMOLED displays to the smartphone segment.
Display detachable for other eyewear
Vuzix has announced that its Tac-Eye LT, a rugged monocular display mounted on Oakley's SI Ballistic M-Frame 2.0 protective glasses, is now available for customers in Europe. The system integrates a small AMOLED display with 852x600 resolution, enabling users to view content from a wearable computer or other video sources.
Benchmark ranks hybrid at top of Android devices
Samsung's tablet-smartphone hybrid, the Galaxy Note, recently had its performance measured with the Quadrant standard benchmark. Bloggers from Techblog tested the oversized phone at the IFA trade show in Germany. It score of 3,624 on the Quadrant test puts the device in the upper echelon of Android devices currently on the market, alongside the Galaxy S II. Both devices use 1.4GHz Tegra 2 processors.
Mid-range Android phone features solar charger
A hands-on video of LG's solar-powered Optimus Sol has leaked on YouTube. The LG E730 OPTIMUS Sol is similar to the solar-powered prototype shown at MWC earlier this year. The source says the smartphone has a 3.8-inch AMOLED display and a 1GHz processor. The E730 in the video had Android 2.3.3 and LG's custom user interface.
Descriptions include phones, tablets, computers
Apple has yet to integrate OLED display technology into any of its products, opting instead for IPS panels and extremely high pixel densities. The company appears to be taking the technology seriously, however, as three of its latest patent applications relate to OLED displays that could be used in smartphones, tablets, computers or televisions.
Smartphone integrates 4" AMOLED panel
Samsung has begun shipping its latest Galaxy S variant, the 'Hoppin,' which has arrived in the company's home country of Korea. The device offers a number of features common to other Galaxy S offerings, including a 1GHz processor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Android 2.2 is presented on a four-inch AMOLED panel with WVGA resolution.
Launch expected next month
Samsung's successor to the Galaxy S handset, said to be named the Galaxy S2, has allegedly surface in leaked renderings. The images, posted on the Korean newspaper ETnews, show a 4.3-inch display that reportedly uses the same Super AMOLED Plus technology as the company's Infuse 4G handset, which made its formal debut last week at CES.
Will feature AMOLED screen, HDMI-out
Cowon has confirmed more details for its D3 Plenue, its first media player with Android rather than its own OS. The Android 2.1-based player is also confirmed to have a 3.7-inch, 800x480 AMOLED touchscreen display and enough performance for 1080p video playback. The D3 will feature 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and HDMI out. The company claims the device is VoIP-capable.
Supply already too low for existing demand
Supplies may be an overriding reason why Apple is sticking with LCDs for the second-generation iPad, rather than switching to AMOLED technology, a Taiwanese report suggests. Panel makers claim that AMOLED is, at present, unsuited to mass production of 7- to 11-inch screens, and would be too expensive relative to LCD regardless. Samsung Mobile Display is in fact said to be unable to produce enough AMOLEDs for cellphones like the Galaxy S and Nexus S, much less a tablet as large as the iPad.
Panel offers standard 800x480 resolution
Samsung's mobile display division is currently demonstrating a new flexible AMOLED display this week at the FPD International expo. The panel, which measures 4.5 inches, is designed around the 800x480 resolution common to many of the latest smartphones. Durability appears to be improved from earlier technology, as the new panel can withstand folding down to a radius of just 1cm.
Display measures 6 inches
Engineers from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have managed to build a flexible AMOLED display measuring 6 inches. The technology, named FlexUPD, is claimed to enable a folding radius of 5cm or less, while the display measures just 0.1mm thick.
Dell's Windows Phone 7 portrait slider
Electronista has taken a look at Dell's Windows Phone 7 flagship device, the Venue Pro. The handset is the only WP7 device currently built with a portrait QWERTY slider, rather than the landscape slider of the LG Quantum. We like the AMOLED display, which brings a high contrast ratio for darker blacks and vibrant colors.
Largest transparent AMOLED yet
Samsung is currently demonstrating a 19-inch transparent AMOLED display. The technology preview has been scheduled for the annual Society for Information Display (SID) International Symposium. The panel is claimed to be the largest in the industry, an improvement over Samsung's 14-inch component shown at CES, while still maintaining a transparency above 30 percent.
Handset selling locally for €429
Samsung has launched its Wave smartphone slightly ahead of schedule in Germany. Local customers can pick up Samsung's first Bada handset for 429 Euros (~$545 USD) unlocked. The device features a 3.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, a 1GHz CPU, five-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, and Bluetooth 3.0.
N1 shows low brightness, artifacts
Despite a number of reviews suggesting the Nexus One's AMOLED display is superior to LCDs used on most smartphones, such as the iPhone, the testing equipment company DisplayMate came to different conclusions following a series of evaluations with both devices. The report, authored by DisplayMate president Dr. Raymond Soneira, covers a variety of observations relating to color depth, image quality, brightness, contrast ration, and more.
Device touts 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen
HTC's Legend smartphone has once again surfaced in the wild, now with a list of specs. The new photo, posted by Twitter user Xmoo, shows a form that appears to be slightly beefier than the HTC Hero. The device allegedly integrates a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with HVGA resolution. An optical trackpad is available for input, along with several buttons below the touchscreen.
Device pairs Android with HTC's Sense UI
The rumored HTC Supersonic smartphone has allegedly been spotted in the wild, with several low-resolution photos emerging on the site Android Mobile OS. The device reportedly integrates a 4.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a 1GHz snapdragon CPU, and a kickstand for watching video. Several sources claim the Supersonic will be one of Sprint's first 4G handsets, thanks to integrated WiMAX components.
Samsung A877 rumor
The Samsung A877 is set to launch on March 29th from AT&T, an anonymous source told PhoneDog. Although the rumor cannot be confirmed, press images and detailed specs were also provided. If true, the handset will feature a 3.2-inch WQVGA AMOLED touchscreen that could provide improved color contrast and brightness compared to typical LCD screens. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard is available for messaging, while a 3-megapixel camera supports geotagging.
LG, Universal's new AMOLED
LG Display and Universal Display on Tuesday unveiled an updated prototype of a flexible AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display at the 2008 SID Conference. The companies' jointly developed prototypes feature brighter colors with better saturation and gamut, as well as a one-sided electrical connection that allows for more flexibility in the four-inch display.
Samsung AMOLED Notebook
Samsung's SDI division today unveiled a demonstration computer it says represents the future of notebooks. The system uses a newly-developed 12-inch AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display that would match the resolution of a same-size LCD at 1280x768 but produce a much better picture: the inherent nature of the technology produces a contrast ratio about "20 times" higher than that of an LCD, Samsung claims.
Mainstream AMOLED in 2009?
Production of AMOLED panels should finally reach mainstream levels in 2009, according to Woo-Jong Lee, the VP of Samsung's mobile display marketing group. AMOLED is one of several display technologies that may replace stalwarts like plasma or LCD; in particular, AMOLED is said to provide higher contrast and response, as well as wider viewing angles and longer battery life. The difficulty so far, according to Lee, has been production costs -- at present, AMOLED is only economical for smaller products such as cellphones, and continues to be rare regardless.
Gartner on OLED iPhone
The technology and costs are in place that Apple may still introduce an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen with an upcoming generation of the iPhone, according to an interview Electronista has conducted with Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney. While making it clear that claims of mass production of a 3G iPhone last week were not predictions but rather just "credible" numbers based on expectations, the researcher maintains that OLED is a realistic possibility for the iPhone's display due to power requirements for 3G radios, which almost always consume more energy than 2G radios.
Samsung AMOLED phone
Samsung has released one of its first cellphones using AMOLED technology, a special edition of the SPH-W2400. AMOLED is an improvement on the still-infrequent OLED display, providing better contrast and response, as well as wider viewing angles and a longer battery life. The phone is otherwise unchanged: its primary highlight is a twisting display, which makes it easier to watch DMB TV or local video clips, while still keeping the form factor slim.