Audi to show a new Matrix OLED tail light concept in September

Audi announced that it will bring a new concept car to the Frankfurt motor show in September - and this concept will feature OLED lighting tail lights. As always, Audi says that OLED provides a thin, efficient and low-heat light source, while achieving a new level of homogeneity while opening new design possibilities.

Audi Matrix-OLED prototype (2015)

Audi calls this new design 'Matrix OLED technology". From the prototype photo above, it seems that they will use transparent red OLEDs placed one on top of the other. Then again this may be just a design sketch, we'll have to wait for September to know for sure.

Will micro-LEDs disrupt OLEDs?

Back in May 2014, Apple acquired LuxVue Technology, a private company that develops micro-LED based displays. Very little was known about this company and its technology, but since then interest in micro-LED displays is obviously higher.

Luxvue MicroLED patent drawing

Candice Brown-Elliott, the creator of the Pentile Matrix technology (and the CEO of Nuovoyance), says that micro-LED has the potential to be truly disruptive. While it's still in an early stage, and using it to create large display is very challenging, a micro-LED display is attractive as it may be more efficient than an OLED display (as LEDs are currently more efficient than OLEDs). Some speculate that Apple aims to use such displays in future Watch devices as making a smaller display is obviously easier at first.

Samsung to unveil the Note 5 on August 13, hints at a curved design

Samsung sent out invitations to their 2nd 2015 - "Galaxy Unpacked Event" that will take place in August 13. Samsung will probably unveil the Galaxy Note 5. Here's the event invitation:

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015 #2 event teaser

As you can see, Samsung is clearly hinting at a curved design - and this invitation is very similar to the Galaxy S6 event invitation sent out in early 2015. We wouldn't be very surprised to see a curved variant of the Note 5 - after all the Note 4 had its own single-side curved variant (the Galaxy Note Edge) and the GS6 Edge is very successful - beyond Samsung's own expectations.

LG to introduce flat 4K OLED TVs in Korea soon

In January 2015, LG introduced six new OLED TVs, including flat, curved and bendable ones - and all of them featuring 4K resolution. Up until now the company only launched two curved OLEDs (the 55" and 65" EG9600). LG today says that they will soon launch new OLED TV models to the Korean market, including flat OLEDs.

LG OLED TVs at CES 2015

This is great news as even though LG claims that image quality in curved panels is better, many consumers prefer flat OLEDs as these look better when wall mounted. The price of the flat models will be the same as that of the curved models.

OLED-Info's got a new responsive design

Today we launched OLED-Info's new design. The changes are not dramatic, but we changed some of the menu system, made the site (hopefully) cleaner and more modern. Most importantly, this design is now mobile-friendly and should prove easier to read on smartphones.

OLED-Info's new 2015 responsive design

We hope this design will make the site nicer and easier to read, we'll be happy to hear your thoughts and comments!

LG in discussions to move its OLED lighting business from LG Chem to LG Display

According to reports from Korea, LG is considering moving the OLED lighting business from LG Chem to LG Display. The idea is that consolidating the OLED production of both displays and lighting in the same company will enable LG to advance OLED lighting more quickly - and at a lower cost.

LG Chem OLED lamps at SNU photo

The OLED Association goes on to speculate that LG Display may decide to convert one of its existing Gen-4.5 OLED display fabs to produce OLED lighting. This will make it even cheaper to expand capacity. Of course the downside is that LG Display will be more focused on displays than lighting as currently the OLED lighting market is still very small.

ZTE announces two new AMOLED devices: a smartphone and a smartwatch

ZTE announced two new devices today, both with AMOLED displays. First up is the Axon Watch, which is a smartwatch based on the Chinese TenCent OS (which means it will be sold only in China). It sports a circular 1.4" AMOLED display (400x400) a heart rate monitor, GPS and 4GB of internal memory.

ZTE Axon Watch photo

The second device is the Axon Mini - the world's first smartphone that features a force touchscreen. It uses a 5.2" Super AMOLED display - and that's the only information ZTE released at this stage. The company also announced two more Android smartphones - but both use LCD displays.

ZTE Axon Watch

The Axon Watch is a smartwatch based on the Chinese Tencent OS. It uses a circular 1.4" AMOLED display (400x400) a heart rate monitor, GPS and 4GB of internal memory.

ZTE Axon Watch photo

The Axon Watch will be released in China only. 

ZTE Axon Mini

ZTE's Axon Mini is an Android 5 smartphone that features a 5.2" FHD (424 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an octa-core CPU, 13 MP camera, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and Dual-SIM support.

ZTE Axon Mini MWC photo

The Axon Mini was on display at MWC 2016, but we do not have pricing information or a shipping date yet.