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Samsung and LG applying OLED displays to laptops

LG Electronics' new LG Gram with an OLED display

Samsung Display announced on Jan. 24 that it has succeeded in developing the world’s first large-area touch-integrated OLED display. The company has expanded the application of touch-integrated display technology from smartphone OLED panels to medium-sized notebook OLED panels. Samsung Display started full-scale mass production of the new display in January.

Touch-integrated OLED technology puts a touch sensor inside the panel without attaching a touch-recognizing film (TSP) to the panel surface. It is eco-friendly because it does not use plastic material touch film and adhesive. It simplifies panel structures and reduces panel thickness and weight. The thinner a panel is, the better the laptop’s design expandability and portability are. Samsung Display plans to load touch-integrated OLED panels into some of next-generation Galaxy Book series models.

LG Electronics is the first to launch a new laptop loaded with an OLED display. The company says the new Gram series is a premium product with an ultra-high resolution as well as an ultra-light weight of less than 1kg.

“The main model, the LG Gram Style 16, features a 16-inch WQHD+ (3200×2000) high-resolution OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio,” LG Electronics said. It supports a 0.2ms response speed and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, so it can show even fast-changing images smoothly and clearly.

Display industry insiders say that the use of OLED displays will be expanded from TVs to tablets and laptops. According to UBI Research, OLED shipments for IT devices are expected to grow at an average annual rate of 39 percent from 9.5 million units in 2022 to 48.8 million units in 2027. Annual average notebook shipments stand at around 200 million units. This means that about a quarter of all laptops are likely to come out with an OLED panel.

Source: BusinessKorea

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