Samsung to produce 4K OLED screen for laptops
15.6-inches of 4K OLED for gamers and designers
HP and Dell both demoed laptops with 4K resolution OLED displays at CES a few weeks back. Now the source of the screens behind these machines looks to have been revealed.Samsung has announced that they will begin mass-producing their 15.6-inch 4K OLED panel in February 2019. This seems to dovetail nicely with the slew of manufacturers who announced their upcoming, new, 4K OLED-sporting laptops at CES in earlier in January, and while OLED screens are already available in a handful of laptops, this new larger 15.6-inch is a first and so interest in this new screen size could be considerable.
The display itself is quoted as having a brightness range of 0.0005 to 600 nits, and its spectrum of 34 million colors is double that of similar, 15-inch LCD panels. It also boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1 as well as a very wide color gamut which meets the DCi-P3 standard.
Since OLED panels contain pixels which are their own light source, there is no requirement for any backlighting. This means that blacks are much deeper, in this case up to 200 time darker than an equivalent LCD, and whites are twice as bright. All this enables the screen to take advantage of HDR content. It’s also claimed that visibility will be improved outdoors.
The lack of a backlight also means a reduction in overall bulk, narrower bezels and, overall, a more premium design.
The move to OLEDs in laptops has been relatively slow compared to screens in the mobile phone sector. This could be due to a number of reasons including the increased cost of OLED production being passed onto consumers and there is also the issue of potential screen burn in. Not normally a problem for movie lovers and their OLED TVs and certainly not for the fast-paced content consumption of phones users, this could be causing gamers more concern because of the amount of static on-screen images, such as HUDs, present during extended game sessions.
Still, the promise of High Dynamic Range, a wide colour gamut and a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution will be an enticing proposition for a lot of laptop users, not just for games but for design and content creation too.
"Samsung's 15.6-inch OLED offers a display solution that is optimized for portable IT devices such as overwhelming HDR, excellent color reproduction and high outdoor visibility," Samsung Display Marketing Director Yoon Jae-nam said in the announcement. "Consumers will enjoy a higher level of visual experience through OLED notebooks."
No actual models have been announced but the usual manufacturers, Dell, lenovo, HP, and possibly even Samsung themselves, are expected to release models in the not too distant future.
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