Monday, January 4th 2021

Samsung Announces Mass Production of 13.3"-16" OLED Panels for Laptops

Laptop screens are usually considered to be slightly behind the bend compared to TVs or PC monitors when it comes to technology and specs. For one, most laptops still ship with a 1080p panel; if you want a higher-resolution, your next best bet is in looking at a 4K panel, though these do usually max out at 60 Hz. Some 1440p panels should enter the market this year, though, and that might mean more than just a handful of models sporting higher-than-1080p resolution.

Samsung, however, has just announced that they have begun mass production of laptop-oriented OLED screens. These are being mass-produced at the 13.3" to 16" diagonals, and should mean more options from system integrators in delivering an uncompromised image quality on mobility offerings. For now, it seems these OLED panels will only feature 1080p resolution, in a bid to decrease panel costs and thus increase prevalence of OLED in the display market by catering to lower-priced products and price-conscious customers. There is no word on refresh rates at this time, but Samsung says these OLED panels offer up to 10x higher response rates than the typical laptop LCD screen, whilst offering tempting 120% DCI-P3 coverage and minimum pixel brightness of just 0.0005 nits.
Sources: Computerbase.de, via Videocardz
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19 Comments on Samsung Announces Mass Production of 13.3"-16" OLED Panels for Laptops

#1
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I'm more than fine with 1080p on those sizes. A lot of programs still don't do scaling well, and even 1080p on say 13.3" makes stuff too small for me.
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#2
GeorgeMan
It'd be absolutely amazing to have a 14" FHD laptop with OLED display.
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#3
Dristun
Had a bit of a laugh at laptop screens being "behind". Owners of any relatively contemporary macbook have a screen miles ahead of vast majority of panels average folk have out there at home. Don't think enthusiasts with 144hz+ IPS panels (that still would get absolutely destroyed in picture quality by an OLED TV) are a more than a drop in the sea of monitors sold.
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#4
RH92
Amazing news for the PC monitor industry . Hopefully Samsung can scale those to larger sizes up to 32'' , and i really hope LG will follow !
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#5
Cobain
Give me One at 120hz/144hz and happy days.
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#6
nasky
isnt burnin an issue on OLED ? desktop and menu bar could be an issue no ?
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#7
Vya Domus
Finally, this does mean that there will still be a couple of years of ultra overpriced laptops with OLED display but eventually they'll have to come down in price. I still can't believe how overpriced OLED is for stuff like TVs/monitors, there are probably hundreds of millions of phones being shipped every year with OLED displays that have to meet far more stringent tolerances and yet the entire product is still less expensive than most of these TVs/monitors.
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#8
londiste
nasky
isnt burnin an issue on OLED ? desktop and menu bar could be an issue no ?
Samsung is probably using RGB-OLED for this so burn-in could be a bigger issue than WOLED in LG TVs. If not, whatever they use is cool and interesting.
RGB-OLED has subpixel for each color and OLEDs tend to fade at different speeds for different colors with blue degrading fastest.
Vya Domus
Finally, this does mean that there will still be a couple of years of ultra overpriced laptops with OLED display but eventually they'll have to come down in price. I still can't believe how overpriced OLED is for stuff like TVs/monitors, there are probably hundreds of millions of phones being shipped every year with OLED displays that have to meet far more stringent tolerances and yet the entire product is still less expensive than most of these TVs/monitors.
Laptops and monitors with OLED are expensive primarily because there is low volume. Hopefully Samsung will start mass-producing this stuff.
TVs are not that overpriced at least based on prices of TV sets. Higher end LCDs (think quantum dot filters and FALD) are in the same price range for 55"-65". At larger than that OLED seems to have a manufacturing issue that drives prices up.
Screens on phones degrade fast. I remember the first-gen OLED smartphones that had screens faded and burnt in less than a year. It is better nowadays but a couple of years often shows notable degradation. This would not fly for a TV or a monitor.
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#9
mechtech
Hope they are true 8-bit or true 10-bit and not 6-bit or 6-bit with frc...................
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#10
gamefoo21
You know 4K panels are bloody horrible for battery life.

4K panels should remain outliers with the majority being 1080 or 1440p on actual portable machines.
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#11
R-T-B
Dristun
Had a bit of a laugh at laptop screens being "behind". Owners of any relatively contemporary macbook have a screen miles ahead of vast majority of panels average folk have out there at home. Don't think enthusiasts with 144hz+ IPS panels (that still would get absolutely destroyed in picture quality by an OLED TV) are a more than a drop in the sea of monitors sold.
And yet, they are the audience this site caters to...
mechtech
Hope they are true 8-bit or true 10-bit and not 6-bit or 6-bit with frc...................
most LG OLEDs are true 10bit. Unsure about Samsungs offerings.
RH92
Amazing news for the PC monitor industry . Hopefully Samsung can scale those to larger sizes up to 32'' , and i really hope LG will follow !
LG has had it scaled well above 32" for a long, long time. If anything, LG needs to scale down...
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#12
SetsunaFZero
gamefoo21
You know 4K panels are bloody horrible for battery life.

4K panels should remain outliers with the majority being 1080 or 1440p on actual portable machines.
They may be bloody on the battery but the high dpi makes these so damn good for office work, reading text is a pleasure. High dpi panels greatly reduces eye strain. I'm happy with my company's notebook with 4k ips panel :)
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#13
n-ster
SetsunaFZero
They may be bloody on the battery but the high dpi makes these so damn good for office work, reading text is a pleasure. High dpi panels greatly reduces eye strain. I'm happy with my company's notebook with 4k ips panel :)
I wonder which combination of panel tech (IPS vs OLED), refresh rate (60 vs 120+) and resolution (1080p, 1440p, 4K) makes the most sense for eye strain without it being more than a 300-500$ premium. And then there is the issue of size and aspect ratio that effects comfort, I prefer 3:2 displays for office work and bigger palmrest area.
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#14
300BaudBob
If I needed a laptop, well a 16" OLED would be a big selling point for me. Good luck Samsung!
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#15
Searing
n-ster
I wonder which combination of panel tech (IPS vs OLED), refresh rate (60 vs 120+) and resolution (1080p, 1440p, 4K) makes the most sense for eye strain without it being more than a 300-500$ premium. And then there is the issue of size and aspect ratio that effects comfort, I prefer 3:2 displays for office work and bigger palmrest area.
oled 120z is amazing for reducing eye strain, and I think any thing 25 inches or smaller at 1080p is fine... you really do need 1440p for 27" in my opinion, pixel pitch distance tends to give 27" 1080p monitors a bit of a weird look on the desktop
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#16
voltage
nasky
isnt burnin an issue on OLED ? desktop and menu bar could be an issue no ?
the latest generation OLED panels have up to 20-30 percent less burn-in as compared to OLED panels of just a couple of years ago. I had a reference link, but couldn't locate, it was from years ago mentioning LG and Samsung newest R&D on reducing burn-in. I am sure you can search yourself.
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#17
Skylinestar
Praying for a 24" 1080p 120Hz OLED panel. I am willing to jump from my current 27" 1440p 144Hz non OLED panel.
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#18
RH92
R-T-B
LG has had it scaled well above 32" for a long, long time. If anything, LG needs to scale down...
You misunderstood my comment . I said hopefully they ( Samsung ) can scale it up to 32'' meaning from the announced 16'' up to 32'' . I know LG already makes 48'' and up OLED panels hence why i said LG hopefully will follow ( meaning they will start offering smaller sizes ) ......
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R-T-B
RH92
You misunderstood my comment . I said hopefully they ( Samsung ) can scale it up to 32'' meaning from the announced 16'' up to 32'' . I know LG already makes 48'' and up OLED panels hence why i said LG hopefully will follow ( meaning they will start offering smaller sizes ) ......
Gotcha, thanks for clarifying.
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