If there is one technological area that makes big leaps nowadays, then that is the display world. During the CES 2019 it became clear which next technology will break into the mainstream: OLED. These new displays offer opportunities we once dreamed of and manufacturers are eager to bring their OLED products to the market.

The benefits of OLED

Because OLED pixels can light up individually, there is no need for a backlight. The absence of a backlight in turn offers benefits that the industry has been looking for for years. First, OLED displays can become bizarrely thin. How thin? LG has launched several TV screens with a thickness of less than one centimeter. These thin screens are also very light and allow the bending of screens. This seems to end the flat, square display.

OLED offers the possibility to bend commercial TV screens for a more pleasant viewing experience, but also opens new doors for outdoor (advertising) displays. That OLED pixels can light up individually also means that they can be switched off individually. Combine this with the lack of a backlight and black becomes blacker than ever. This allows extreme contrasts and color saturation that really cause the colors to splash off your screen. Finally, OLED technology saves a lot of power. Because there is no backlight that is continuously on and only lights up pixels when needed, the energy consumption drops drastically. Handy for consumers who want to live in an environmentally conscious way, but also an economic advantage for large-scale use.

Smartphones, notebooks and more

The fact that OLED offers many advantages for both the business and the consumer market has not escaped the industry. Market leaders and innovative newcomers are eager to implement OLED in their products. There are rumors that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 will be equipped with an OLED display.

Samsung has also succeeded in developing a 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) OLED screen for notebooks. The display was presented at CES 2019 and offers ultra-high resolution optimized for gaming, graphic design and video streaming. In the future, OLED technology can be used for a variety of purposes. From huge billboards, to tiny smartwatches and from smartphones to TV screens. It seems only a matter of time until we officially call the OLED the new LCD.

Samsung Galaxy S10

So far, OLED smartphones are mainly ideas, concepts and prototypes. However, it seems that this will soon change. On 20 February, Samsung will present their latest smartphone at Samsung Unpacked: the Samsung Galaxy S10. There are no confirmations at the time of writing, but everything indicates that this will be the first large commercial smartphone with an OLED display.