Samsung shows off 12mm thick OLED display

By Justin Mann on October 23, 2006, 11:21 AM
Aside from the most serious gamers who demand utter perfection in imaging, just about everyone would love thinner, wider displays for their computers. LCDs slowly became the most dominant type of display on a typical workstation, and are making progress on home desktops as well. People want even thinner displays, though, to conserve valuable desk space, and Samsung is showing off just that. They have recently unveiled the thinnest desktop display in the world, using AMOLED (active matrix OLED) technology, with the panel being only 1.8mm thick and the display itself only 12mm. The stand it sits on alone dwarfs the profile of the display, which is designed to run at 1600x1200 and have a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It has an amazingly quick response time too, rated at 0.01ms, though it doesn't mention what type of response that is.

Despite the brightness and other neat features, it has some areas where it lags behind an LCD considerably. It can only produce 262,000 colors, a mere fraction of what a CRT is capable of. However, LCDs don't have the color replication features a CRT does and yet accomplish quality imaging through other methods, which leaves lots of room for OLED to make progress. The technology is still young, and faces other setbacks such as a shorter shelf-life and higher prices, but it's obvious progress is being made. Maybe a display as thick as a sheet of paper isn't that far fetched.




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nathanskywalker said:
And i thought my sisters' brand new 22" widescreen viewsonic was so hot. Yikes, that's crazy! And the specs on that thing are pretty sweet.
spydercanopus said:
This isn't an LCD. Its an LED device which is why it has such a low response time. So it looks like there is now another form of display technology. I bet this will really take off.
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