New OLED gadget: OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is a flagship Android smartphone that features a 6.01" 1080x2160 (401 PPI) Optic AMOLED display (OnePlus' own display marketing term for an SDC Super AMOLED, it seems), an octa-core Snapdragon 835 Chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 64/128 GB of storage memory, a 20 MP camera and Dual-SIM.

OnePlus 5T photo

The OnePlus 5T will ship by the end of November for around $500 (6 GB RAM, 64 GB storage).

The LOMID project partners manage to produce 1" curved WUXGA OLED Microdisplays at satisfactory yields

In January 2015 the EU launched a new project to develop aims to develop next-generation large-area OLED microdisplays. The so-called LOMID (Large cost-effective OLED microdisplays and their applications) project's main goal is to produce 13x21 mm (~1-inch diagonal) 1200x1290 (2,300 PPI) flexible OLED microdisplay.

LOMID OLED microdisplay prototype (Fraunhofer FEP)

Dr. Uwe Fogel, the project's coordinator from the Fruanhofer FEP institute, updated today that the consortium managed to produce the first microdisplay samples at satisfactory yields, and it is now improving these yields. LUMID partners are already demonstrating the microdisplays in smart glasses for both VR and visually-impaired people.

Screen FT launches a new 6-Gen OLED deposition system

SCREEN Finetech Solutions (a subsidiary of Screen Holdings) launched a new OLED deposition system specifically designed for 6-Gen (1500x1850 mm) substrates.

Screen SK-E1500G OLED deposition system photo

The SK-E1500G makes full use of mini-environment technologies to effectively control contamination created by suspended particles in gas and chemical elements and static electricity occurring during the production process. The system is based on SCREEN FT's Levicoater slit type coating unit. The SK-E1500H also incorporates advanced transport technologies that enable it to perform simultaneous processing of two 6-gen half-substrates.

UBI: The price gap between premium OLED and LCD TVs is almost gone

UBI Research is tracking the price of premium TV sold on in the US. As competition intensifies, the price gap between OLED and LCD TVs keeps getting lower - to the point where is not much difference between a high end Samsung QLED TV and LG's OLEDC7 OLED TVs.

LCD vs OLED TV price gap, (UBI Research, 2016-2017)

In December 2016, the price gap between a 65" LG OLED TV to a 65" Samsung SUHD TV was about $1,000. The price gap as of today is only about $300. The price gap for a 55" TV is even lower (around $200).

IHS says demand for flexible AMOLEDs to grow slower than the supply, which will lead to low fab utilization in 2018

IHS says that demand for flexible AMOLED displays is growing at a slower pace than expected - and also at a slower rate than its supply, and a a result the supply in 2018 will be 44% lower than the demand.

Flexible OLED supply and demand balance (IHS, 2016-2020)

IHS says that flexible OLED capacity will grow 100% in 2018 (to reach 4.4 million square meters), but demand will only grow 70% (to 2.4 million square meters). IHS says that the high price of flexible OLEDs caused smartphone makers to opt for either rigid (glass-based) OLEDs or LCDs in their 2018 models. IHS estimates that the price gap between a flexible OLED and a rigid OLED on the same 6-Gen line is about 50%.

New OLED gadget: HTC Vive Focus

HTC's Vive Focus, announced in November 2017 in China, is a premium standalone VR headset build on HTC's Vive Wave VR open platform. The headset uses "high resolution" AMOLED displays (HTC did not release the specification yet), a snapdragon 835 CPU and 3DoF controllers.

HTC Vive Focus photo

HTC did not disclose the shipping date or price of the Vive Focus, but it did say it will be launched in China first.

KGI: Apple will release two OLED iPhones in 2018, sized 5.8" and 6.5"

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple will launch three new iPhone models in 2018. Two of these will sport OLED displays, the 5.8" and 6.5" models. According to Kuo, all of Apple's iPhones in 2018 will have the same full-screen notched design used in the iPhone X.

Apple iPhone Lineup 2018 estimation (KGI forecast, Nov-2017)

Note that the image above, produced by KGI, is just a render. Kuo sees the 5.8" iPhone (X2?) using the same resolution as the iPhone X (1125x2436, 458 PPI). The 6.5" model will actually sport a higher density (480 to 500 PPI).

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