(Update) Samsung OLED displays are the way forward as LCD screens have ran their course


UPDATE (July 5 2016): Samsung Display refuted the Korea Times report covered in this article with the following statement:


In the world of technology, it is only natural for certain standards to become obsolete as competing ones grow superior, more profitable – or both, in the best-case scenario. With the way things are developing, we might be waving LCD displays goodbye and recognizing OLED panels as the norm a few short years from now. This premonition is rooted in Samsung's newly publicized decision to isolate its OLED panel manufacturing unit into a separate business, shifting the bulk of Samsung Display employees to the new facility.

The change stems from Samsung's ongoing efforts to streamline the organization by restructuring unprofitable businesses. According to an "official" in the know, the company has developed an exit strategy for its LCD business, which has no perspectives for growth and has become unprofitable due to weak demand and competition from low-cost Chinese suppliers. In the first quarter of 2016, Samsung had to write off 270 billion as operating losses from the troubled LCD business. Thus, it's already abandoning select LCD display lines or is in talks about selling them.

The restructuring does appear to make a lot of sense. Analysts estimate that OLED panels will account for a third of all smartphone displays by 2018, which sounds reasonable considering they have become cheaper to produce than LCD screens, while offering advantages in terms of power efficiency and color reproduction. Moreover, Samsung Display reportedly struck a three-year $2.6 billion contract with Apple to supply OLED displays for future iPhones. It is said the company will be ready to ship 100 million panels by 2017 for the initial batch of devices, while rival LG will handle orders for the next wave.

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37 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Oh LG!!! Trying very hard but they just never go on top!! But yeah OLED is good!!

3. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The only mistake lg made with g5 is the small battery despite knowing that lcd is more power hungry than oled. Give it a 3500 or 4000mah, put nova launcher and it is a great all-around device.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

i just got the G5 2 weeks ago. been doing between 4.5 and 5.5 SOT on it. Battery is far from bad ( sure there is better one out there using BIGGER battery thats is ) thats 2800 mah go a long way. Its also charge super fast from 9 % to 100% in an hours or an hours 15 min max. its a great device all around including battery life in fact.

28. Shocky unregistered

A lot of users on xda are reporting around 3 hours screen on time with the G5, some even less. Reviewers had similar results. Just saying. :-)

5. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

LG is already a leader in OLED TV, where Samsung has not yet found a competing product. LG OLED TVs are far better than any Samsung SUHD s**t

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think its sort of funny For flagship phones Samsung is using AMOLED LG is using Quantum Dot LCD For flagship TVs Samsung is using Quantum Dot LCD LG is using P-OLED

37. karan1402d

Posts: 89; Member since: May 28, 2015

Couldn't agree more.

12. Shocky unregistered

It's all to do with patents, LG acquired some not long ago which are currently blocking Samsung from using the same technology. Samsung could make them but they would get sued, not great from a consumers point of view but that's how it goes sometimes. :-(

18. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I have LG carve TV but I prefer Samsung one.. the reason that i buy LG Carve TV is I get 50 Percent off!

2. Maginus

Posts: 8; Member since: May 20, 2014

Very unfortunate for me. I get headaches when looking at AMOLED displays. I hope there will be a few holdouts in a few years or that the AMOLED displays develop into something I can use.

4. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That headache you said also happened to me. That's why I just keep the display color at basic and brightness between 30-45%

8. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Headaches you say? From looking at Amoled screen as opposed to LCD? Those headaches are from something else im sure. Especially when you can adjust the display mode. Not saying you didn't have them, but I doubt they're Amoled induced lol.

33. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they will "magically" healed from this AMOLEDphobia, once apple use amoled screen on their iPhone

9. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Don't think it's AMOLED induced. You probably got your brightness too high.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I guess that's praseto effect..

29. andynaija

Posts: 1258; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Never heard of such thing.

13. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

count me in buddy, as far as i love AMOLED, i can't use it.

15. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

That's because samsung put flickering in amoled to lessen burn-in Nexus 6P also has flickering issue

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Dont say thats Samsung lover will bash you. but yes you are right to test it simply use another phone with slowmo movie and you see the screen refresh rate is strange compared to an LCD. Dont affect me at all on the other hand so its might be rare thats ppl are affected by this.

17. Shocky unregistered

You might want to get your eyes tested.

20. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Same here. Amoled strain my eyes and I feel irritation in the eyes. I doesn't feel same effect while using LCD.

21. Shocky unregistered

Again, see your optician. That's not normal.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

in fact it is not everyone have same eyes. https://www.androidpit.com/forum/633774/amoled-screens-and-eye-strain An example of the numerous poste you can find online about it.

27. Shocky unregistered

Could just be the default display modes, they are pretty horrible.

31. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Thats because amoled contrast become too high if you crank the brightness. Lcd's contrast stay the same at any brightness.

32. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The strain is happen mostly when you read text black in white or white in black with high brightness.

30. MedLEB unregistered

Maybe It's the "screen refresh rate (Hz)", you can configure it, for example 60Hz or 65Hz are far worse than 75Hz or 100Hz ... the first range gives headache to me, but AMOLED is good.

35. T-rex unregistered

I think that's a real thing, i was reading Galaxy A5 review on GSMArena and in the display section they did mention the flicker, and how it might affect people without them even knowing

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um 270 billion what? 270 billion dollars is tens of billion under their annual revenue. I don't think any business will survive with 270 billion dollars in write off

11. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Weeeeellllcooommee toooo thee fuuuutuuurrreee

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