According to an official report from Samsung Display, the company will release more than 10 OLED displays for notebooks this year. The company aims to take the notebook market by storm. Of course, as other markets get competitive, companies are looking for new businesses to penetrate.
In 2019, Samsung Display launched the world’s first UHD (Ultra High Definition) OLED display for notebook computers. At the end of 2020, Samsung launched a 13.3-inch FHD (Full High Definition) OLED display for the first time. In February of this year, Samsung Display will begin to invest in 15.6-inch OLED displays with the same resolution to enter the notebook computer consumer market.
Samsung officials said that the notebook OLED display will cover different sizes from 13.3 inches to 16 inches. In addition, it will also have more diverse performance and specifications. The company predicts that the sales of notebook OLED displays will increase by more than 5 times year-on-year in 2020.
Samsung Display extends LCD panel production in South Korea
According to Samsung Display, due to the huge demand in South Korea, it will indefinitely extend its production of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panels for TVs and monitors in South Korea. This decision replaces Samsung’s plan to suspend the production of LCD panels. Back in March, Samsung said that it will stop the production of LCD panels before the end of this year. The South Korean manufacturer hopes to concentrate on more advanced technologies.
According to TrendForce, Samsung’s delay in closing the LCD panel plant will increase the production area in the second quarter of next year by 2.2%. However, there will still be a risk of material shortages in the second quarter. In addition, the demand will still be high. With Samsung’s latest decision, the supply and demand can still maintain a balance.
Samsung Display’s South Korean LCD production line will still have one 7th-generation line and two 8.5-generation production lines in operation until the first quarter of 2021. It is expected that only one 8.5-generation line will remain in normal production until the fourth quarter of 2021.
In addition, although Samsung Display intends to extend the LCD production time, TrendForce expects to extend it only by the end of 2021, not indefinitely. “Samsung Display plans to continue to produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels until the end of 2021, which will increase the risk of oversupply in the second half of next year, but supply and demand will be roughly balanced in the second quarter of next year“.