Reports from Australia suggest that Hisense's OLED TV sales are low, Philips cancels plans to launch its own OLEDs

HiSense launched its Series X OLED TVs in Australia towards the end of 2018, with an initial price tag of $3,500 AUD for the 55" model. According to a new report from Australia, HiSense's OLED TV sales were lower than expected, to the point that HiSense lowered the price to $1,495 to clear its stock.

HiSense 55PX OLED TV photo

According to ChannelNews.au HiSense is likely losing money on each TV sold. According to reviews, Hisense's OLED TVs are not as impressive as OLED TVs from LG and Sony, and consumers are preferring to buy LG's OLED TVs as Hisense is not perceived as a premium brand.

Digitimes: RiTdisplay starts to produce OLED lighting panels

According to Digitimes, PMOLED display maker RiTdisplay has started to produce flexible OLED lighting panels, targeting the automotive, medical and consumer (home) applications.

For the automotive market, the RiTdisplay is apparently collaborating with Luminit, through its Taiwan-subsidiary Luminit Automotive Technology. RiTdisplay is holding 30% at LAT which is already starting to supply OLED lighting panels for automotive brake lights and started low-volume shipments in Q1 2019.

Acuity Brands to expand its OLED lighting portfolio exclusively with OLEDWorks

Acuity Brands announced that from now on it will work exclusively with OLEDWorks to expand its OLED luminaires product portfolio, targeting the architectural lighting market.

Acuity Brands Olessence photo

Acuity Brands has offered OLED lamps and installations for many years, using both OLEDWorks and LG OLEDs. Acuity Brands says that it has worked with OLEDWorks for years, and have found it to be the superior OLED technology in the market".

Fortsense announces the world's first under-the-screen LCD fingerprint sensor

China-based Fortsense announced the world's first LCD on-screen fingerprint sensor technology. The company says that it has adopted deep learning neural network algorithms to overcome image artifacts and other issues that prevents regular under-the-display sensors to have clear fingerprint images through the LCD display.

Fortsense LCD under-the-display fingerprint sensor slide

Under-the-display sensor technology has been an advantage of OLED displays that LCDs could not overcome until now - although of course it remains to be seen whether the new Fortsense technology provides good recognition and its implementation cost - and how fast it can be commercialized.

Lenovo Z6 Pro

The Lenovo Z6 Pro is a large smartphone that features a 6.39" 1080x2340 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Snapdragon 855 chuipiset, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256/512 GB of strorage, a 48 MP camera with four lenses and Dual-SIM.

Lenovo Z6 Pro photo

The Z6 Pro will ship by the end of April 2019 starting at $450.

Lumtec starts to produce OLED lighting panels for the automotive market

Taiwan-based Luminescence Technology (Lumtec) announced that it has started to mass produce OLED lighting panels, targeting mainly the automotive OLED lighting market.

LumTec automotive OLED lighting at Taipei AMPA 2019

Lumtec has been developing OLED materials and technologies for many years, and the company has now accelerated its market strategy for OLED lighting, and vertically integrated the business under its "LUMLIGHT" business division.

iFixit review provides a possible reason why some Galaxy Fold screen failed

The teardown experts at iFixit reviewed the Galaxy Fold and have taken it apart as they usually do with new smartphone - to find out why some of early review units failed so quickly (which caused Samsung to delay the launch of their highly anticipated foldable phone).

According to their analysis, the Galaxy Fold design has a weakness - and dust or other particles could enter the phone through the gaps in the top, bottom and the back of the device. This could create "bumps" on the display as the foldable display is pressed against the backside of the phone when fully folded. iFixit speculates that this could be the cause of the some of the reported display failures (another possible problem could be the removal of the protective top polyimide film).

LG Display warns of a weak 2019

LG Display reported disappointing financial results for Q1 2019 - with an operating loss of $113 million. LG Display warns that the whole of 2019 will fall short of expectations - due to high costs of its new OLED fabs, weak LCD panel prices and low adoption of its smartphone OLEDs.

LGD's smartphone OLED business still suffers from low yields and low fab utilization as the company finds it hard to secure design wins and compete with Samsung Display. Some reports even suggest that LGD is thinking about shutting down its flexible OLED smartphone business.

Meizu 16s

Meizu's 16s is a flagship smartphone that features a large 6.2-inch 1080x2232 AMOLED display with an under-the-diplay fingerprint sensor, a snapdragpn 855 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a 48 MP OIS dual-lens camera and Dual-SIM.

Meizu 16s photo

The 16s will launch by the end of April 2019 for under $500

Razer Blade 15 Advanced

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is a high-end gaming laptop that has an optional SDC 15.6" 4K OLED display - which can replace the standard 144 Hz LCD (another option is a 240Hz FHD LCD). Other features include Intel's new Core i7-9750H chipset, RTX 2060 GPU and a new Wi-Fi 6 networking card.

Razer Blade 15 photo

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is now shipping, starting at $2,399. The OLED model costs $3,500.

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