If there's one thing that Samsung does well, it's displays. The Korean tech giant is the market leader in smartphone displays. It has used this advantage to the fullest when designing smartphones and phablets. Samsung has made OLED the new industry standard and has beaten Apple to the punch by miles. Cupertino's desire to keep inventories low and outsource production has pushed it to the back of this critical element in the smartphone. Today, we've got more information about Samsung's OLED production plans. Take a look below for more details.
Samsung Is Working on a 800ppi, 4K Smartphone Display; Kicks Off 7th Generation OLED Production
While the rest of the industry is stuck manufacturing 6th generation OLD displays, Samsung's an entire generation ahead. The Korean tech giant will kick off production for 7th generation OLED displays soon, according to predictions by an analyst. Samsung already commands a monopoly in smartphone displays. The company accounts for 95% of overall productions, leaving scraps for the little fish.
A serious advantage that Samsung has over its rivals are its massive resources. The Korean tech giant also manufactures televisions, which will come to its aid this time around. According to today's speculation, Samsung will reuse its productions lines used to manufacture eight generation television OLED panels. This will save the company some serious investment in new resources.
"Its smaller rivals will be catching up with Samsung in production volume of sixth-generation OLED panels in the coming years. Samsung is likely to turn its eyes to the larger seventh-generation OLED panels for better productivity. Samsung Display did operate production lines for the eighth-generation OLED panels for TVs. So it could recycle LTPS-FTF it used at the time. Samsung Display has continued research to diversify its OLED portfolio to include foldable OLED, chip-on-plastic OLED and 800ppi high-resolution OLED. With the possible production of seventh-generation panels, it would continue to maintain its dominant market position for years." says Yi Choong-hon at UBI Research.
LTPS-FTF stands for low temperature polycrystalline silicon-thin film transistor and will be the next big thing for smartphone displays. However if you expect this to hit markets soon, you're wrong. Samsung's production will commence in Q2 2018 next year. This will still be a massive advantage for Samsung over its competitors and will cement the Korean manufacturer at the top. The displays will most likely make it on the Galaxy Note 9 as well. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.We'll keep you updated.