OLED notebooks to ship by late 2010, Samsung says

OLED notebooks to ship by late 2010, Samsung says

Summary: Consumers will see the first commercial OLED laptops a year from now, Samsung said this week at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany.

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Consumers will see the first commercial OLED laptops a year from now, Samsung said this week at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany.

Kyu Uhm, Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Samsung's Computing Division, reportedly said that the company would look to release towards the end of 2010.

"Samsung is the largest OLED screen manufacturer," Uhm is reported to have said. "And as soon as it's available commercially for laptops we will adopt it...probably sometime Q3 next year."

The company's senior product manager for Europe, Patrick Povel, said research firm Gartner believes mainstream OLED notebooks will become standard in the next five years.

If you've ever seen an OLED display in person, you know that's great news.

Displays made from OLEDs, which stands for organic light-emitting diode, have far more brightness and contrast than typical backlit LCD displays. Color reproduction and refresh rates are better too, with active-matrix OLED displays ("AMOLEDs") reproducing four times as many colors as a typical LCD display and sporting faster refresh rates. They're also more power efficient.

Here's a good example of the difference, as viewed on a mobile phone:

Topics: Samsung, Laptops, Mobility

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  • And the price??

    Yeah OLED is amazing, but the price is crazy. These notebooks will probably cost double or triple what the same notebook would cost with LED-backlit LCD. Then again, that would just put it in the same price range as the equivalent Apple notebook. (Oh yes, he said it!)
    BillDem
    • like anything else, it should come down

      The price should come down over time as more units are sold. My
      question is how long will they last before they fade? And are they better
      resistant to accidental cracking and breaking than the LCD screens?
      gigogogogown
      • Fade? What do you mean by that?

        As for accidental cracking, it`s a notebook/laptop, not a freaking Abrams M1 tank.
        NeoGeneration
        • let me explain

          OLEDs do have less of a life span than LCD screens.

          Also, what I mean by cracking, is that OLEDs can be printed on any
          substrate, even a material so flexible that it can be rolled up. I am just
          wondering how much more durable it could be than LCDs. I do support
          computers, so I do see cracked screens now and then. And laptops do
          get dropped.

          For reference, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oled
          gigogogogown
  • I sure hope they make it independently sealed

    from the glass which should be just clear protective glass so if it cracks you just see a crack in front of the screen instead of a big chunk of it pixellated like lcds and replacing the protective glass is cheap.

    And with the extra brightness can we go back to have matte glass screens again please?

    Also what is the dpi limitations of these cheap printing? Monitor resolutions have been increasing at a glacial pace. Can we finally get these displays to increased resolutions. I saw prototype lcd's at over 1000 dpi about 8 years ago so we should easily be able to get UHDTV (7680x4320) in 12-15 inch displays.

    Let's see which manufacturer can push their gpu/vram up to accomdate this at lower power consumption than today's lame 2K or so resolutions. And the laptop gpu/vram should be able to handle at least two of these montiors for dual monitor support.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Oled doesn't need glass

      You're confusing your technologies.

      Simplistically LCD is 2 sheets of glass with transparent electronics on them and a layer of fish oil inbetween. Glass is used for rigidity and to guarantee the electrodes line up across the entire plate surface.

      Oled is way different. The electronics can be fabricated onto plastic and is therefore flexible.

      It was never anywhere near as fragile as lcd and the years of development which have been going on while awaiting a blue OLED with sufficient longevity for monitor/tv use have made sure the mechanical advantages over LCD are well understood.

      AMOLED allows very flexible surfaces. That in turn is going to give a much wider range of display possibilities not constrained by the need for a rigid frame.

      Starting points for development ideas: Marty McFly's roller blind TV in Back to the Future 2, or the PDAs in TekWar...

      Between this and the coming-of-age of e-paper/e-ink for daylight viewable zero power displays your "laptop" is likely to look quite different in 10 years and you may well have programmable posters/paintings/wallpaper around the house.

      ajb2@...