Samsung Market reports Mobile phones Super AMOLED
Samsung announced that it has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones - including the GS1, GS2, GS3 and GS4. It probably also includes all the variants (such as the GS4 zoom and the GS4 mini). Virtually all of those phones use Super AMOLED displays.
n January 2013, Samsung said it sold 100 million Galaxy S devices. This means that it took them a little over a year to sell 100 million more. In 2013, by the way, the company produced over 200 million AMOLED panels. This means that the company's most popular phones actually account to less then 50% of SDC's OLED production. The rest are mostly used in other Samsung phones (like the Galaxy Notes family), phones for other companies (such as Nokia and Motorola) and digital cameras. Of course it's likely that inventory buffers also account for several of those million OLED panels...
Yesterday Samsung announced their 2nd flexible OLED device, the Gear Fit smart fitness band. The display is a curved flexible OLED - 1.84", 432x128 Super AMOLED. This seems to be the most advanced display on a fitness band, as most others opt for PMOLED panels.
The Gear Fit includes four fitness monitors (pedometer, exercise, heart rate, and sleep) enabled by three sensors (accelerometer, gyro and hear rate) and can also show mobile phone notifications (messages, e-mails, calls, etc.). Personally this seems to be a much more attractive device than Samsung's own Gear smart watches. It's great to see Samsung adopting flexible OLEDs in more devices, that actually benefit from a thin, light and curved display.
Russia based YotaPhone launched the world's first hybrid E Ink / LCD mobile phone Europe only a few months ago, but the company already revealed a new 2nd-gen prototype phone. The main upgrade is the added touch capability on the 4.7" E Ink display, which enables it to be used for messaging, e-mails, browsing and more.
But I was also happy to hear that the 4.3" 720p LCD has been replaced by a larger AMOLED display. In fact, the new yotaPhone uses the same 5" Full-HD Super AMOLED display used in Samsung's Galaxy S4.
Passive Matrix OLEDs (PMOLEDs) use a simple driver, which restricts the resolution and efficiency of the display, but also enables it to be produced easily and relatively on the cheap. The first OLED displays on the market (in 1998) were PMOLED, made by Pioneer, used in car audio systems.
The PMOLED market grew in the past, up until 2006. Back then, the main application for those displays was the sub-display on clamshell phones. But then Apple launched the iPhone, and since then the clamshell design lost its popularity very quickly - and the PMOLED market is in decline ever since.
Of course, those new smartphones kick started the AMOLED market - and helped it grow from virtually nothing in 2006 to over $10 billion in 2013. But now there's a new hype - wearable devices, and it'll be interesting to see whether this will help the PMOLED market grow again. One thing is certain - many companies are adopting PMOLEDs in their new fitness bands. In the past 2 months alone, we've seen LG, Huawei and Razr announce new smart bands that include PMOLED displays.
Huawei's TalkBand B1 (announced earlier today) reportedly uses a flexible OLED. I'm not sure if the report is accurate, but it seems likely that renewed interest in PMOLEDs will spur some new innovation. Flexible PMOLEDs have been demonstrated for years now by Futaba and Pioneer and both companies aim to start producing panels in 2014.
Huawei's TalkBand B1 is a smart wearable device that includes a removable earpiece (which is why it is called a TalkBand). It supports several fitness applications (steps recording, calories burned, sleeping pattern monitor, etc.). The display is reportedly a 1.4" monochrome (white) flexible (curved) OLED.
It's not clear who's the flexible OLED supplier, and whether it is actually a flexible display or not. It's likely to be a PMOLED panel. The display does not support touch - this device is only controllable via your mobile phone.
Huawei will release the B1 in China in March 2014 and other countries will followin in Q2 2014. The price (in Europe) will be #$%$99.
Bloomberg reports that HTC is developing three new wearable devices. The company will demonstrate the first one at the MWC event later this week, but will only show the watch privately to mobile carriers. The first watch will be based on Qualcomm's Toq device - which uses a small touch Mirasol display.
The second watch wil be based on Google's Now service, and this one will use an AMOLED display. The third wearable device will be an electronic bracelet. That's all we currently know. According to Bloomberg the information comes from a person with "direct knowledge of the plans".
HTC already announced they are working on wearable devices. This isn't surprising - it seems that all electronics companies are interested to enter this new market. Just earlier today Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 smartwatch, last month LG showed a Fitness band (which uses a touch PMOLED) and of course Apple is rumored to be working on a smartwatch of their own, reportedly with a flexible AMOLED panel supplied by LGD
The Gear 2 is Samsung 2nd-gen smartwatch. Compared to the original Gear, this watch is lighter, offers a better battery life (2-3 days), has a new design and runs the Tizen OS (as compared to Android). The display is the same 1.63" 320x320 (275 PPI) Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 1Ghz dual-core CPU, 4GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, infrared, S Voice, heart rate sensor and a 2MP camera (720p video support).
Samsung will launch the Gear 2 in April 2014. It will come in two variants - the regular Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo which is pretty much the same only without a camera.
Spike Aerospace is developing a supersonic business jet. The company announced that instead of conventional windows, it will use curved, super-thin digital displays. The S-512 will reportedly cost $80 million when it becomes available in 2018.
The jet will use micro-cameras to create panoramic views on the curved displays in real time. This has several advantages - you can display whatever you want on these displays, it eliminates glares, it reduces the aircraft's weight, part count and drag and will also simplify the aircraft construction and integrity.
According to USA Today, Spike is likely to use OLED panels. It makes sense - this is a high-end aircraft and OLED TVs are thinner and lighter than LCDs. In addition, by 2018 the price premium over LCDs will hopefully be far lower than today (or even non-existent).
OLEDs may also be used in the future for aircraft lighting. Only a couple of week ago, Universal Display and IDD Aerospace demonstrated low-energy shelf phosphorescent OLED lighting prototype targeted at aircraft interiors.
The EU announced a new SSL lighting project called LASSIE (Large Area Solid State Intelligent Efficient luminaries) that aims to develop hybrid inorganic and organic lighting technologies. The aim is to develop a device with the efficacy and long life of high-power LEDs and the color-tunable diffuse lighting of OLED panels.
It's not clear, but it seems that the project will use the LEDs for the actual light output and fluorescent-based soluble OLED materials for tuning the color. According to CSEM (one of the project partners, the OLED material swill be deposited using a roll to roll process.
The LASSIE project is a 3-year project, funded by the EU (€3.15 million). Besides CSEM, the project partners are the Fraunhofer Institute, VTT, Regent lighting, BASF, gaiker, Marsica Information & Technology and Amires.
ZUCK has too much money he can throw at- but then he is a called a whiz. Only time will tell- if he paid too much or not. But I agree I will not touch FB because I don't have billions to throw and don't need billions to spend.