Oppo has ordered flexible OLED panels from Samsung. The latter is set to fulfil the orders by the end of June.
The Chinese smartphone maker is reportedly planning to integrate Samsung’s ‘Edge’ display on one of its upcoming smartphones. This may refer to the Korean tech giant’s Infinity displays, which are commonly sported on its flagship phones.
South Korean publication The Bell reports that Samsung is set to ship these panels by the end of this month. One panel costs $100, that’s about five times the price of a normal smartphone display. Bearing this mind, we’re assuming this new phone will come with an expensive price tag.
If the news is indeed true, this will be a first for both companies. A smartphone with a curved displays on both sides will be the first for Oppo.
As to Samsung, it has remained the only mass producer of the flexible OLED panels. It is also the only device OEM to utilize the technology in its devices since it first became available. This will be the first time that Samsung would be sharing the technology to another smartphone maker, assuming this actually comes to light.
The Oppo Find X is set to launch in an event hosted by the company on June 20.
The device comes with pretty high-end features such as 5X dual camera optical zoom, Snapdragon 845 processor, and up to 8GB of RAM. Although there is no information about the pricing yet, it looks like its shaping up to be a flagship phone material. And if Oppo is investing on $100 OLED displays, it is possible that the Find X could be the smartphone to have it.
Or perhaps Oppo is reserving that ‘Edge’ for something even more high-end? We’ll have to wait to find out!
iPhone is one of the many products sold by Apple. If you closely observed, inside components of Apple products were provided by various manufacturers. The reason why Apple chose multiple suppliers like Samsung for them to secure lower prices.
LG or Samsung As OLED Supplier?
However, when it comes to OLED, the Cupertino-based tech company would have to settle for Samsung as the sole supplier. This is not the first time that Apple has planned to look for other OLED supplier.
In fact, earlier reports confirmed that Apple wants to have LG as one of the second OLED panels suppliers. Obviously, Apple wants to put LG on board for its 2018 smartphones. Apple’s plan of including LG as OLED supplier surfaced after it launched iPhone X this year.
Rumor has it that Apple is likely to launch two smartphones with OLED screens in 2018. The first iPhone, a successor to iPhone X, is actually a 5.8-inch model while the second device is an iPhone X Plus that boasts a 6.5-inch display.
With this, Apple is expected to pay $97 per OLED display to Samsung for its iPhone X. But this could be negotiated down as LG may likely to be the second OLED supplier for its iPhone.
However, LG claims that it won’t be ready to strike a deal with Apple. LG said that it is not yet ready to hit the July deadline set by Apple. If such admission is true, then Apple would likely to settle with Samsung as OLED supplier this year.
Sony has sold its original OLED TV with a $5, 000 hefty price tag. To brand the company’s OLED TV as expensive is actually an understatement. And if you are a huge fan of both design and image processing, then you must opt to patronize other alternative brand like LG.
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Now for this year, this wouldn’t be a problem for Sony. This comes after the company has revealed the pricing for its A8F sets this year. Sony’s A8F starts with a price of $2, 8000 for a 55-inch model. The price is expected to soar to $3, 800 for the company’s 65-inc model.
With Sony’s current price for its latest TV variants, it is obvious that the price is more expensive than LG C8. LG is selling its C8 product for $2, 5000 only, however, it is obvious to justify Sony’s expensive price. Compared to LG, Sony’s A8F is powered by a screen-as-speaker technology.
That’s an obvious catch as rumors suggest that Dolby Vision is not yet ready. Online reports suggest that Sony’s A8F and the company’s other 4K TVs won’t support HDR format. It would only support HDR format until an update would arrive later this year. This means that you have to settle, for the time being, either HDR10 or the Hybrid Log-Gamma, respectively.
Meanwhile, if you are planning to go with LED-based 4K TVs, you can select from a variety of variants. Sony’s X900F has an entry-level price of $1,100 for a 49-inch model. Such price is expected to climb to $5,300 for an 85-inch variant. Also, you can now pre-order Sony’s A8F via Amazon and Best Buy respectively.
Ending the earlier speculations, LG has announced on Monday that it would be showing off its new 65-inch display with Ultra High Definition resolution. The company said that its new “rollable” product would be shown at this year’s CES event.
CES: Bigger, wider, rollable displays for LG
Apart from this, LG will also be unveiling another product-a 55-inch transparent display as well as a 77-inch wallpaper concept TV. The latter will feature the advantages of having an OLED display. It can be recalled that the company presented its wallpaper model last 2017.
Tech users who are privy to LG’s plan said that it had announced back in 2015 about its 18-inch rollable display. For this year, spectators at CES and the public, in general, will be able to see LG’s rollable display.
Also, what we know so far is that LG’s 66-inch display features a UHD 3840×2160 resolution. This means that consumers would be able to roll it up if they are not viewing them. Rolling it up allows easy installation and removal of the product, giving users a hassle-free experience of the product.
LG is expected to show off at CES, an 88-inc OLED display with 8K resolution. This is not the first time that LG unveiled such bigger display because last year, it developed a 77-inch transparent OLED display.
Meanwhile, Samsung will be showing off both a QLED TV with 8K resolution and a 150-inch Micro LED TV at CES this year. Despite the close rivalry, LG was adjudged to be the leading company in large-sized and mid-sized OLED displays for TV.
Regarding small-sized displays, Samsung controls 90 percent of the market in OLED display, especially for smartphones.
A roll up plastic display screen that you can tuck into a bag after using? Sounds like a thing of the future right?
Well LG Displays announced their plans to develop such a device that can be used on tablets, iPads and even on your TV screens.
The company has been pursuing the technology for a few years and today, LG Displays said that the world’s first roll-up screen will be released in Europe next month.
Head of operations for LG Displays mobile/OLED division Sang Duck Yeo said, “With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the e-book market. We are excited as we look toward applying concepts form this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.”
But a few individuals are less optimistic about the announcement.
A display industry expert and the man behind HDTVProfessor.com Alfred Poor said, “This is a relatively small development in the grand scheme of things. This appears to be a monochrome e-paper display. This means that it… has low power consumption, but it also means that it’s probably slow and not suitable for moving images such as video. It’s not in color, and probably has limited grayscale capabilities.”
A watch that serves as the command center for your Android phone? Sounds silly at first but the SmartWatch gives you the ability to do just that.
The 1.3 inch OLED touch screen watch has Bluetooth 3.0 and is compatible with Android smartphones. The Sony SmartWatch’s predecessor was the Sony Ericsson Live View that was released in 2010.
The SmartWatch basically is the same with the Live View. Though it is much prettier than its predecessor, Sony’s latest device has an accelerometer and a vibrating feature. It is also a wristwatch that anybody can wear.
You can do a lot of things with the SmartWatch. Just like your Android smartphones, you can send text messages and e-mails or check the weather if you’re going out for a walk. If someone calls you while you jog, you can simply look at your SmartWatch and view the caller with its caller ID feature. You can also check updates from Twitter and Facebook with your watch.
The Sony SmartWatch is pegged at $149 and is targeted to be released this coming March.