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Samsung preparing wide range of OLED laptop displays

by Mark Tyson on 5 January 2021, 11:11

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Samsung Display has prepared 10 new OLED panels designed for laptop makers like Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo – as well as inclusion in its own premium products. A promotional video from Samsung Display (embedded below) heralds the new choices coming to system makers but ComputerBase fills in some important information gaps about the range.

From the video you can see Samsung pushing the great visual qualities of these laptop display panels; contrast ratios of > 1,000,000:1, 0.0005cd/m2 minimum brightness levels, 85 per cent HDR coverage, cinematic colour, sunlight visibility, 120 per cent DCI-P3 coverage, and more.

Other info dug up by ComputerBase indicates that Samsung will offer 10 new laptop OLED panels to its partners. Panel sizes will range from the popular 13.3- to 16-inches, but it isn't certain about the sizes in between (perhaps 14- and 15.6-inch). While we might see some of these panels in products at CES 2021, and showcased by Samsung at the event, it won't be until Feb when a new FHD 15.6-inch OLED display will start to become available in laptops. No specific mention of 1440p or 4K panels seems to have been made by Samsung but with 10 variants it is expected that > FHD resolutions will make up some of the offerings.

OLED displays are still quite a rarity in laptops but hopefully Samsung's new range of offerings will help to turn the liquid crystal tide.

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I wonder if they have taken care of the essentials? Screen burn, etc? Also, I wonder if the issues around array shapes and text resolution is still there? There was an issue with mobile displays that meant you would see poorly resolved text at 1080 but this would disappear on 1440. Given the size difference between mobile displays and a laptop display, I wonder if this issue is to make a comeback?
geeeezzz, it all supposed to happen 2010 …
I hope everybody really loves dark mode as OLED is very power hungry unless everything is very dark.
Although this NBC review of the OLED Thinkpad Yoga
says the
“Update 06/18: The WQHD IPS panel manages a runtime of 6:05 hours in our Wi-Fi test, which is basically identical to the OLED model.”
Earlier in the review they also said
“Please note: compared to an IPS panel, the power consumption of an OLED display varies much more with the screen content. At idle, we measured a difference of 5 watts depending on if we chose a light or dark background.”
This panel will be used in high end business laptops, when working time is very important, hope they will manage to make it durable enough.
I hope everybody really loves dark mode as OLED is very power hungry unless everything is very dark.
Although this NBC review of the OLED Thinkpad Yoga
says the
Earlier in the review they also said

I started using dark mode on my phone. I much prefer it and there is a noteable improvement in battery life.

I am just waiting for the phrase “dark mode” to be classified as racist and being banned.