Blog from February 2018


Do Flexible OLEDs Have a Differentiation Problem?

February 19, 2018

I recently gave a talk at the 2018 Flex Conference where I discussed the current utilization challenges faced by Samsung’s flexible OLED fab. Of course, many of these challenges have been caused by the introduction of full-active or bezel-less LTPS LCDs. Until full-active LCDs were introduced, it was easy to tell which smartphones were flexible OLEDs. They were the ones without a bezel.
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Will Samsung Return to OLED TV?

February 26, 2018

Several reports this week indicated that Samsung may be contemplating a new effort to make OLED TV, but a statement late in the week seemed to dispel these rumors, at least for now. The world’s biggest TV maker will continue to push for innovative technologies in TV displays, and since Samsung is the dominant player in OLED displays for phones, rumors about their participation in OLED TVs are about as common as Russian athletes doping at the Olympics.
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Samsung Introduces S9 - Highest Screen to Body Ratio and a Lower Price

February 27, 2018

Samsung formally introduced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ on Sunday February 25th during the opening of 2018 Mobile World Congress and the Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics. As shown in Figure 1, relative to the iPhone X it features higher resolution, a higher screen to body ratio, lighter weight despite a larger battery and a significantly lower price. Hardware differences between the S9 and S8 appear to be limited to the S9 being slightly shorter and thicker and heavier than the S8. Relative to the 8+, the S9+ appears to have a slightly higher screen to body ratio of 84.2”, a second 12MP camera and is slightly shorter, wider, thicker and heavier. It is also $10 cheaper.
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