Galaxy Note 4 with thoughtful consideration to unveil worldwide

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Samsung Unpacked Event Episode 2 was held in three countries of Belin, Beijing and New York simultaneously on September 3. With a high anticipation of the world, the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, the Gear S, and Gear VR were revealed.

Compared to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4 has improved in its resolution, S Pen function, and camera and battery performances. The resolution has been enhanced from FHD to QHD and the resulting increase of battery power consumption issue was resolved through the advancement of battery performance and power consumption. Though there were not much to pay attention in terms of specifications, what stood out was the sense of careful consideration of users in the Galaxy Note 4’s.

One among those is the battery charging time. Most of the people spend a substantial amount of time using smartphones in daily life. Therefore, the battery charging time is as important as the battery capacity. And the Galaxy Note 4 has decreased the time for charging 50% from 55 to 30 minutes.

Another improvement was a camera software which is the most frequently used function of a smartphone. Assuming that the use of front camera is as common as the back one, the self-camera function was upgraded, featuring 3.7 megapixel resolution, the maximum aperture of F1.9 allowing vivid photographing, 120 degree self-camera function and a function of taking pictures by tapping the HR Sensor.

Samsung has been announced the Galaxy related accessories from the Galaxy S5. For this time with the Galaxy Note 4, the luxurious image was emphasized by releasing products like battery covers created in collaboration with the high-end brands such as Swalovski and Monblac.140904_[IFA2014] 삼성전자 갤럭시노트4 전세계 공개

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One more product is the Galaxy Note Edge, characterized with a display that curves over right side enabling the information check not only on the front display but also on the side screen. It is possible to see push notifications and launch applications even when the smartphone cover is closed. In addition, the entire front display can be used as a photographing screen and the side screen removes any distraction from any notifications while surfing the internet or watching videos.

 

Galaxy Note 4 will be on sale worldwide sequentially starting this October.

 

The future market response is expected to see how the Samsung’s meticulous concern for users presented in the Galaxy Note 4 will be delivered to the customers.

 

 

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OLED TV cost saving, the alternative is co-planar structure

Current AMOLED panel market is mainly led by either Samsung Display or LG Display, mass producing the LTPS backplane for mobiles and Oxide backplane for TVs.

 

Though the AMOLED panel market for mobiles has established stable position in the business beyond LCD panel market, the market for TV is having difficulties in settling for its high price compared to the LCD/LED TV, requiring pressing technological development to lower the cost.

 

As a counterplan for this, the LG Display received a considerable attention at the SID 2014 by exhibiting 65-inch curved UHD OLED TV applying not the existing etch stopper layer (ESL) structure but the co-planar structure.

 

According to the “2014 AMOLED Backplane Technical Report” published by the UBI Research, it was analyzed that there is a difference in the investment expenses by about $ 80 million when making the additional investment in oxide TFT AMOLED line of co-planar for a-Si LCD line against the supplementary investment in oxide TFT AMOLED for LCD line. (For Gen 8) It was also suggested that the co-planar structure is appropriate for the oxide TFT structure which can make the best use of the backplane and color filter equipment of the previous a-Si LCD line as the mask can be used under 6 layers.

 

In addition, the core issue of the AMOLED industry which is a technological concern over the flexible LTPS applied to the flexible display was examined along with the latest technology trend analysis of LTPS, oxide, and organic TFT in the “2014 AMOLED Backplane Technical Report”.

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AUO, to focus on flexible AMOLED

Touch Taiwan 2014 was held in Taipei, Taiwan from August 27 to 29 with 430 material and equipment businesses including AUO and Innolux which are representative panel makers of Taiwan.

 

Announcing the company’s UHD curved LCD TV full lineup from 42-inch to 85-inch, public information display, displays of various applications, and high resolution LCD panel and AMOLED panel for mobile, the most crowded booth was obviously AUO.

 

The AUO released AMOLED panels are the same ones unveiled at the SID 2014 which are 5.5-inch FHD panel, 5.7-inch WQHD panel, 5-inch flexible AMOLED panel, and 1.6-inch AMOLED panel for smart watch.

 

AUO manufactures the AMOLED panel in RGB (side by side) method. Despite the recent announcement of mass production plan for 5.7-inch WQHD panel, the mass production scheme of AMOLED panel for the use of mobile is delayed due to yielding issues.

 

The 1.6-inch AMOLED panel of AUO is produced in small quantity, supplied for ASUS’ smart watch. The resolution is 320×320, 227ppi. According to the person in charge of AMOLED, the AUO is capable of producing thin AMOLED panel less than 0.45mm by applying in-cell touch panel with the technology in its possession.

 

One thing to notice is that the AMOLED TV was not exhibited. AUO demonstrated the AMOLED panel of ink-jet printing method at SID 2014. About 80 engineers are developing the OLED TV in Gen6 R&D line located at Longtan. The investment stagnates as the growth of OLED TV market slows.

 

Given the latest concentration on flexible AMOLED team from the OLED researchers of AUO, it is expected that the flexible AMOLED is to be included in the AMOLED investment plan for 2015. There is much attention towards the development of AUO that is a relatively newcomer in AMOLED industry.

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Samsung to decide, OLED or LCD?

At the keynote presentation given at the IMID 2014 held in EXCO, Daegu on the 27th, Park Dong-geun, the president of Samsung Display announced that the price of display decreases gradually and the color sense, curved design, and flexible display become more important as the technology develops. AMOLED has an excellent color expression for its adobe of 97% compared to 74% of LCD and its outdoor visibility is 1.7 times higher than LCD. Samsung Display highlighted the superiority of AMOLED over LCD with the application of the diamond pixel structure considering the retinal system of human eye, super dimming technology allowing users to use the cellphone in the dark environment without getting any light pollutions, and ultra power saving mode.

Though Samsung Display produced the OLED TV in RGB + FMM method previously, the mass production is currently ceased for the large area yielding issues. The alternative way would be using WOLED + CF method of LG but it takes a long time to mass produce and there is even a patent issue.

Due to the high price of OLED TV, Samsung Display will concentrate its business on the LCD TV for a while. Samsung’s concern for the TV business is expected to grow as the price of LCD will increase as well if applying a new technology like QD.

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LG Electronics to release the world’s first ‘Ultra OLED TV’

LG Electronics unveiled the Ultra OLED TV on August 25 at the Conrad Hotel in Yoido where Ha Hyun-hwoi, president of Home Entertainment (HE) and Choi Sang-gyu, head of Korea sales and marketing at LG Electronics were in attendance.

 

□ President Ha Hyun-hwoi announced a shift in generation

“The Ultra OLED TV is an epitome of TV technology combining the best display and resolution,” the president Ha Hyun-Hwoi said, adding that “The future OLED TV market will be expanded, leading the display technologies.” Regarding the curved surface of OLED competitive with LCD, he explained “The priority is given to the resolution of a TV” and “There is no distortion of color or change of picture quality in the curved surface of the OLED TV”. Saying that “OLED TV will play a role of a game changer replacing the LCD within 2-3 years with various merits like color reproduction rate, contrast range, viewing angle, etc.” he also emphasized “The next generation of TV market trend will led by the state-of-the-art premium Ultra OLED TV in existence”.

 

□ Concentration of hardware competitiveness and platform capacity of LG

The LG Ultra OLED TV provides the most lifelike graphic picture quality with ultra HD resolution of its unique WRGB technology and 33 million sub-pixels. For the characteristics of the self-lighting pixels, the indefinite contrast rate is allowed, reproducing perfect black color. With rapid response speed, it also reproduces natural image without any afterimages. This product is also equipped with a sound quality which is appropriate for the flawless picture quality. Designed with the world-renowned professional audio company Harman, it delivers balanced wide-range sound quality of exhilarating effects with multi-channel ultra surround technology. In addition, the sense of immersion and the aesthetic effect were maximized for the innovative design approaches of ultra slim curved screen and leaf-shaped stand. Due to its own attribute, there is no distortion or change of color in OLED TV watching from every direction. It can be installed on the wall depending on the surrounding environment and preferences. Loaded with innovative web OS, this product offers significant values more than the existing smart TV. The web-based smart TV is recognized as a new strong point of TV platform of reorganizing the smart TV market by the ‘simple usability’ through ▲simple transition ▲simple search ▲simple connection which is the essence of a TV.

 

□ Establishment of next generation TV market pioneering base

LG Electronics plans to lead the next generation TV market by securing medium-and long-term growth momentum through OLED TV. And through the continuous innovation in manufacturing technology, R&D, and investment on marketing, the OLED TV era is to be advanced and the OLED TV will be the new growth engine for display industries through the expansion of ecosystem. Established the OLED TV manufacturing line in major cities over the world from the last year, LG Electronics will release the Ultra OLED TV at the beginning next month in North America, Europe, etc. sequentially.

 

□ Presales to begin on 26th at LG Electronics distributors nationwide

LG Electronics will take pre-orders for 65-inch Ultra OLED TV (Model: 65EC9700) from the 26th to 29th of next month at the LG Electronics distributors nationwide. The 65-inch Ultra OLED TV will be sold at a price of 12,000,000 won through the cashback benefit. The delivery starts from the end of September. And LG will consolidate the lineup of the Ultra OLED TV as releasing 77-inch (Model: 77EG9700) model in the fourth quarter.

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LCD TV with QD or OLED TV, what would be Samsung’s choice?

At the comprehensive workshop of the 9th Display National R&D Investment Program held on August 20, KH Kim, executive director of Samsung Display stated his view on the future of display for TV.

 

Kim is expecting that despite many advantages of OLED TV, it is likely to take some time to open a market considering price competitiveness. He also added that accordingly Samsung display will work on developing technologies of color reproduction range, slim and improvement of contrast range for LCD for a while, leading the market and the business will focus on not OLED but LCD in the years ahead.

 

In the year of 2012, the OLED TV market was dominated by either Samsung or LG, and now only LG is taking vigorous efforts to open OLED TV market. Under this circumstance, the price of the 55inch FHD curved OLED TV has decreased from initial $15,000 to $3,000 but still it is twice more expensive than the 55inch FHD LCD/LED TV, falling behind in price competitiveness.

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Samsung Electronics Released the ‘Galaxy Alpha’ Smartphone Equipped with Metal Frame

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The premium smartphone ‘Galaxy Alpha’ released on 13th of this month is the first to feature the specialized design approach with a metal frame.

According to the Samsung’s own website, the ‘Galaxy Alpha’ unveiled its new design approach applying metal frame material for solid finish.

The grip is emphasized measuring at just 6.7mm thick and the weight of 115g, and it comes with 4.7-inch HD super AMOLED (1280X720) display.

Samsung says that the Galaxy Alpha takes the Exynos 5430 and the model number is Exynos Modem 303 which is the Application Processor (AP) that Samsung developed independently with the world’s first 20nm manufacturing process and as a result the power consumption reduces to 25% compared to its predecessor based on a 28 nm process.

Also, the Galaxy Alpha has connectivity with the Samsung wearables such as Gear 2, Gear Fit, etc. and includes the latest features like ultra-power saving mode, finger print scanner, S-health, etc.

“Samsung always tries to provide consumers with a new product that they want,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics, and added “The Galaxy Alpha is a distinguishing device of combining beautiful and functional design with a unique user experience of Galaxy smartphone.”

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September in over 150 countries sequentially.

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AMOLED manufacturing equipment market, expected to be about 36 trillion won from 2015 to 2020

According to an equipment report, “2014 AMOLED manufacturing Equipment Technology Analysis and Market Forecast (2015~2020),” published by a market research firm, UBI Research, the AMOLED manufacturing equipment market size will be about 36 trillion won from 2015 to 2020. Stepper appears to be the largest sector in the equipment market by forming about 10 trillion won and taking up about 30 % of market share. Evaporator will take 17% with about 6 trillion.

 

It is forecasted that Chinese makers will start to invest in AMOLED business. Predicted market size is about 6 trillion won in 2015. In 2017, full-scale investment on the AMOLED panel line for TV will be started. About 9.5 trillion won market will be formed and become the largest market size by 2018.

 

From 2015 to 2020, the market share of backplane manufacturing, encapsulation and OLED manufacturing equipment will be 69%, 17% and 14%, respectively, in the overall AMOLED equipment market.

 

In the overall AMOLED equipment market by country, Korean market size is expected to grow to about 20 trillion won taking up 55% market share for six years and it is analyzed that Korea will continuously lead the AMOLED industry.

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Who has a key to OLED, JDI or JOLED?

As participation of Taiwanese and Chinese enterprises in OLED panel business, which is dominated by Korea, is taking place, the Japanese government begun its active involvement in the OLED business. “Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ),” a private and public fund led by the Japanese government, established Japan Display Inc. (JDI) by gathering a display team with Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba who have mobile display technologies to save the uncompetitive display industry of Japan. A mission of JDI is to produce LCD and OLED for mobile devices.

Last month, INCJ set up JOLED with JDI, Sony and Panasonic for the OLED production and each OLED related department of the companies will be united in January 2015 to manufacture over medium size OLED.

Considering the process of JDI and JOLED establishment and future trend of technology, Sony is expected to be responsible for core technology and play the key role. Sony is the only OLED maker as well as mobile device and medium size monitor in Japan. All these items have LTPS TFT and RGB OLED structure using vacuum evaporation method. Also, the OLED TV by Sony is composed of oxide TFT and WRGB OLED structure. Sony is not manufacturing the OLED panel for mobiles and TVs but is certainly a leading company who owns all the technologies.

The OLED developed by JDI is 5 inches and uses LTPS TFT and WRGB OLED technology. It is considered that Sony’s technologies made JDI possible to develop the OLED panel in such short period.

As commercialization of JDI’s OLED delays, the new JOLED was born. JDI, Sony and Panasonic joined it only for the OLED. JDI has the majority of the voting rights of JOLED, but Sony has a large portion of JDI shares. Thus, it seems that Sony will be the main party of JOLED.

Hence, Sony’s super top emission technology is expected to be applied to 10” OLED panel by JOLED. Sony’s oxide TFT and WRGB OLED technology applied large size OLED panel will be used for UHD high luminance product with super top emission structure. Production will be in Gen8 oxide TFT line owned by Panasonic.

It is difficult to commercialize ink-jet technology of Panasonic because characteristics of its luminescent materials do not reach that of WRGB materials. The OLED roadmap of Sony, however, has the flexible OLED using the OTFT and ink-jet technology. It may take time but flexible signage is expected to be seen at a very low price.

 

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JOLED, the last bastion of Japanese OLED

140730612118The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), JDI, Sony and Panasonic have finalized an agreement on JOLED establishment by January, 2015 through an integration of OLED panel R&D organizations owned by Sony and Panasonic for mass-production, development and early commercialization of the OLED panel.

INCJ has 75% of JOLED’s voting rights. INCJ and JDI have agreed on making an investment in pilot line installation for mass-production.

 

JOLED aims to become a leading company in the OLED sector by collecting the technologies owned by Sony and Panasonic such as the OLED layer technology, oxide TFT technology and flexible display technology, and converging with JDI’s mass-production technology.

JOLED plans to develop the OLED panels for application section first, including tablet PC, note PC and signage for mass-production of medium and large size OLED panels. A future target of JOLED is mass-production of the flexible OLED.

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