Samsung to start mass production of AMOLED tablet displays in February
Samsung is apparently now ready to start mass production of AMOLED displays for tablets next month, Korean media reports. A 10-incher is mentioned in the publication, though we've heard a smaller, 8" tablet with OLED screen is in the cards, too.
AMOLED displays, of Samsung fame, don't have a backlight like the LCD ones, but are rather using the photons that each pixel emits itself. Those organic diodes that comprise OLED displays, have been mastered by Samsung and LG to the extent that they have TV panels made out of them, so why not tablets, too?
Until recently it was tough and cost-prohibitive to make mid-size OLED screens in the 8-10" range, so Samsung focused mainly on phones and TVs for commercializing said technology. The tables have turned, it seems, and the publication says Samsung will boost its sagging OLED production lines capacity utilization precisely on account of the tablets with such screens it is about to launch. These, however, are likely to be premium products, and priced accordingly, so we wouldn't uncork the champagne just yet, until we know the specs and price for certain.