Samsung: OLED laptop in '09?

Samsung: OLED laptop in '09?

Summary: At an industry display conference this week, Samsung will unveil a prototype laptop with a 12.1-inch active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) display.


OLED laptop in ‘09?At an industry display conference this week, Samsung will unveil a prototype laptop with a 12.1-inch active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) display.

If you have ever seen Sony's XEL-1 11-inch OLED TV, then you know just how cool an OLED laptop could be. On the other hand, if you've seen the XEL-1's price tag--$2,500--then you realize odds are we won't see this laptop in 2009, even though several sites reported that Samsung may release commercial versions sometime next year.

OLEDs use light-emitting diodes (hence the name) made up of electroluminescent organic compounds to produce different colors. Because OLED displays do not require a backlight, they are thinner and use less power, and the images are bright, colorful, and visible at an angle. The disadvantages are that they have a shorter lifespan than LCDs, and currently are very costly to manufacture.

For a company that is a virtual unknown in laptops here in the U.S, Samsung has been making a lot of news lately. Last week, a company executive told journalists at an event in Seoul that Samsung needs to triple laptop shipments to 11 million units by 2011 (5.7% worldwide market share), or it would exit the business altogether. Samsung reportedly plans to expand sales by entering the already-crowded markets in U.S. and Europe. Samsung later stated that 11 million units was an "ambitious goal" but it had no plans to get out of laptops.


Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Oooo boy...

    I've been waiting for one of these for years. Anyone got a winning lottery ticket they want to give away?

    [crickets chirping...]

    - Kc
  • RE: Samsung: OLED laptop in '09?

    I've seen an OLED display at a conference. Very nice. What I want to know if I can use this laptop in the sun? Also, if anyone else is? How much will this cost if the display is $2500?
  • RE: Samsung: OLED laptop in '09?

    I think Samsung is going in the right direction.There are many co's that will grab this item because palms are on the way out. Great job
  • RE: Samsung: OLED laptop in '09?

    The Sony OLED only cost $2500 because it was a first and because Sony is expensive anyway. Ultimately, OLEDs will be much cheaper than LCDs - only volume has gotten LCDs so low in cost (recall how much they were 10 and 15 years ago). If Samsung can lick the longevity issue (this is mainly a materials science issue) and commit to large volumes the per-unit cost will be low (but the start-up costs will be high so this will be a big commitment).