The production of 14-inch, high refresh rate OLEDs will begin in ‘very large quantities’ in March.
Samsung’s display branch, Samsung Display Co., has announced its plan to start manufacturing 90Hz OLED panels for laptops beginning in March. While many gaming laptops now deliver much higher refresh rate displays, Samsung counts 90Hz on the OLED panel for comparable response output as 120Hz in LCD format.
The initial target, according to Show Requirements, will be on 14-inch panels manufactured in ‘extremely large quantities.’ It is not clear what resolution the committees are going to propose. Other requirements, such as peak brightness, color coverage and some measures to minimize the issue of OLED burn-in, have also not yet been addressed.
As for the contrast between OLED and LCD in response, Samsung claims that the 90Hz image blur on its OLED panel is equivalent to that of the 120Hz LCD.
OLED panels are especially well suited for laptops in several respects. That’s because OLED’s powerful per-pixel illumination is much more powerful than the traditional full-panel backlight of the LCD. Also the mini-LED LCD technology with thousands of local dimming zones is less effective than OLED.
As to how fast we can start to see the laptops with these new screens, it’s not sure. With the production of panels beginning in March, we hope that the availability later this year is not too much to hope for.
Burn-in has not proven a concern in our experience over several months of everyday use of an OLED screen on an Alienware laptop. It is a more complicated issue if that will continue to be the case for many years to come. But the answer, excellent contrast and performance of OLED definitely make an enticing proposal on a laptop.
Also, OLED has still a great deal of stuff to offer with the obviously years old microLED and the mini-LED panels that presumably do have many long-standing LCD technology defects. Moreover, the proposals of Samsung to manufacture large-scale panels suggest, rather than reserving only the most costly lappies, that they may not be available.