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유비리서치 2017년 OLED 결산 세미나: 2018년도 디스플레이 산업의 차별화 전략을 위한 시장 전망과 주요 기술 이슈 세미나 개최

  • 2017년 OLED 시장을 디스플레이 전문 리서치 기관의 분석을 통해 주요 이슈를 되짚어 볼 수 있는 자리 마련
  • 2018년 OLED 산업의 투자 관점, 경제 관점에서 시장을 전망하고 이에 따른 변화 포인트 예측

시장조사 전문 기관인 유비리서치는 2017년 하반기 결산 세미나 12월 7일(목) 서울 삼성동 코엑스 컨퍼런스룸에서 개최한다. 이번 세미나는 ‘2018년도 디스플레이 산업의 차별화 전략을 위한 시장 전망과 주요 기술 이슈’라는 주제하에 2017년 OLED 시장의 주요 이슈를 되짚어 보고 2018년 시장 전망과 변화 포인트를 예측해보는 자리를 마련한다.

2018년 디스플레이 시장은 국내외 디스플레이 업체에서 앞다투어 제품에 OLED를 채택함으로써 매출액 또한 상승곡선을 그릴 것으로 예상하고 있다. TV용 대형 패널 수요가 빠르게 증가하고 있고, 장기적으로 중소형 패널의 수요도 계속 증가될 것으로 기대되기 때문에 전략적 투자 방향은 긍정적으로 평가된다.

이번 세미나는 ‘최근 LG디스플레이의 중국 8.5세대 투자에 대한 이슈’,  ‘삼성 디스플레이의 A5투자가 각 대형디스플레이 패널 시장과 중소형(모바일) OLED패널 시장에 어떤 영향을 미치는지’에 대한 내용으로 신한금융투자 소현철 기업분석부서장이 발표한다.

또한 2018년 가장 주목되는 차세대 Inkjet Printing 기술의 대표 업체 유니젯 김석순 대표가 ‘디스플레이를 위한 잉크젯 프린팅 기술의 개발 역사와 동향’을 발표한다. 스트레쳐블 기술에 핵심 전문가인 고려대학교 홍문표 교수가 현재 기술 개발 상황과 방향에 대하여 심도 있는 발표를 진행한다.

유비리서치 이충훈 대표는 ‘키워드로 돌아보는 2017년 OLED 디스플레이 시장과 2018년 전망’과 ‘중국, 일본 OLED 산업 전망’에 대한 내용으로 2017년을 종합적으로 정리하고 2018년 OLED산업 시장과 기술을 투자 관점, 경제 관점으로 발표한다.

이번 유비리서치 하반기 결산 세미나는 국내 핵심 전문가와 함께 다양한 양질의 정보와 인맥 교류의 장이 형성은 물론 디스플레이 기술의 현황과 미래를 예측할 수 있는 자리가 될 것으로 예상된다. 세미나에 대한 자세한 정보는 공식 홈페이지(http://www.ubiresearch.co.kr/12_sem/)를 통해 찾아볼 수 있다. 또한 사전등록은 12월 6일까지 접수 가능하다.

Samsung Electronics, sets a profit record of 0.97 Trillion Won in the 3rd Quarter

Samsung Electronics reported sales of KRW 62.05 trillion and operating profit of KRW 14.53 trillion through the conference call of the third quarter in 2017, and the display business recorded sales of KRW 8.28 trillion and operating profit of KRW 0.97 trillion. Display business sales increased 7.4% compared to the previous quarter and 17.3% compared to the previous year, but operating profit of 1 trillion fell with a decrease of 43.3% of the previous quarter and 4.9% the previous year. OLED sales are shown to occupy 60% of the display industry.

 

According to Samsung Electronics, in the 3rd quarter of 2017, main customers of OLED have increased through the launch of new flagship products focused on flexible products. However, its performance has decreased than the previous quarter due to factors such as increased costs of new OLED lines initial ramp-ups, and intensified price competition between rigid OLEDs and LCD panels.

 

Samsung Electronics plans to increase supply of flexible products in OLED in the 4th quarter, and expand sales of rigid OLED products to secure profitability. In the LCD industry, there are off-seasons and excess supplies resulting to supply and demand imbalance, but profitability is to be secured by strengthening yield and cost activities and expanding sales portion of high value-added products such as UHD, large-format, and QD.

 

In 2018, OLEDs are expected to become the mainstream in the mobile display market, with expectations that flexible panel dominance will be particularly strong in the high-end product line. Samsung Electronics said it plans to develop a system to meet the flexible demand of major smartphone manufacturers and improve earnings by securing differentiated technologies.

 

In 2018, the LCD market may continue to expand in China and intensify competition among companies, but trend of large-sized and high-resolution TVs are expected to continue. Samsung Electronics states it will strengthen its strategic partnership with its customers and concentrate on improving profitability by promoting sales of high value-added products such as UHD, large format, QD, and frameless products.

 

Samsung Electronics sold 97 million mobile phones and 6 million tablets in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Mobile phone sales in the 4th quarter are expected to decline Quarter on Quarter, but tablet sales are expected to increase QoQ. TV sales reached a record around 10 million units, and sales in the 4th quarter were expected to rise to mid-30%.

10.4 trillion was invested in facility during the 3rd quarter of Samsung Electronics, of which 2.7 trillion was invested in display. Displays are reported to have additional production lines to meet customer demands for flexible OLED panel.

 

CEO Chang-Hoon Lee of Samsung Display said, “In the case of small and medium-sized OLEDs, we are planning to apply it to AR, VR, foldable, and automotive industry.” Also, “In Automotives, OLEDs are focused on energy efficiency, design differentiation, and black image quality which is critical to driver safety, in preparation with client company cooperation.” Additionally, “Foldable is constantly being researched and developed in line with customer demand, and is centered on enhancing the level of perfection demanded by the market and customers. We will work with our clients to prepare these for mass production desired by our customers.”

삼성전자, 3분기 디스플레이 사업 영업이익 0.97조원 기록

삼성전자는 31일 진행된 2017년 3분기 실적 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 매출 62.05조원, 영업이익 14.53조원을 기록했으며, 이 중 디스플레이 사업에서 매출 8.28조원, 영업이익 0.97조원을 기록했다고 밝혔다. 디스플레이 사업 매출은 전분기 대비 7.4%, 전년 동기 대비 17.3% 증가했지만, 영업이익은 1조원대가 무너지며 전분기 대비 43.3%, 전년 동기 대비 4.9% 감소했다. 디스플레이 사업에서 OLED 매출은 60% 후반의 비중을 차지했다고 밝혔다.

 

삼성전자에 따르면 2017년 3분기에는 OLED 부문에서 주요 고객사의 플래그십 신제품 출시로 flexible 제품을 중심으로 매출이 증가했다. 하지만 신규 OLED 라인 초기 ramp-up에 따른 비용 증가, rigid OLED와 LCD 패널 간의 가격 경쟁 심화 등의 영향으로 전분기 대비 실적이 감소했다고 설명했다. LCD 부문은 주요 고객의 재고 조정 등에 의해 판가 하락 영향으로 실적이 약화되었고 밝혔다.

 

삼성전자는 4분기 OLED 부문에서 flexible 제품의 생산성을 높여 공급을 본격적으로 확대하고, rigid OLED 제품 판매를 확대해 수익성을 확보할 계획이다. LCD 부문의 경우 계절적 비수기와 업계의 공급 초과 상황이 지속되어 수급 불균형의 우려가 있으나, 수율과 원가 개선 활동을 강화하고, UHD, 대형, QD 등의 고부가 제품 판매 비중을 확대해 수익성 확보에 주력할 방침이라고 밝혔다.

 

2018년에 OLED는 모바일 디스플레이 시장에서 mainstream이 될 것으로 기대되며, 특히 high-end 제품군에서 flexible 패널의 지배력 강화가 전망된다고 밝혔다. 삼성전자는 주요 스마트폰 업체들의 flexible 수요에 적기 대응할 수 있는 시스템을 구축하고, 차별화된 기술 확보를 통해 실적 개선을 추진할 계획이라고 설명했다.

2018년에 LCD 시장은 중국의 생산량 확대가 지속되고 업체간 경쟁도 심화되지만, TV의 대형화와 고해상도 트렌드 또한 지속될 것으로 전망된다고 밝혔다. 삼성전자는 고객사와의 전략적 파트너십을 견고히 하고, UHD, 대형, QD, frameless 등 고부가 제품과 디자인 차별화 제품의 판매 확대를 추진해 수익성 제고에 집중할 방침이라고 밝혔다.

 

삼성전자는 2017년 3분기에 휴대폰 9,700만 대, 태블릿 600만 대의 판매량을 기록했다. 4분기 휴대폰 판매량은 전분기 대비 감소할 것으로 예상하지만, 태블릿 판매량은 전분기 대비 증가할 전망이라고 밝혔다. TV의 판매량은 약 1,000만대를 기록했으며, 4분기 판매량은 30% 중반대의 상승을 예상했다.

 

삼성전자의 3분기 시설 투자는 총 10.4조원이 집행되었고, 이 중 디스플레이에 2.7조원이 투자됐다. 디스플레이의 경우는 flexible OLED 패널 고객 수요에 대응하기 위한 생산라인 증설 투자가 진행중이라고 설명했다.

 

삼성디스플레이 이창훈 상무는 “중소형 OLED의 경우 현재 주력인 스마트폰 외에도 AR, VR, foldable, automotive 등에 확대 적용할 예정”이라고 설명했다. 이어 “Automotive에서는 OLED가 에너지 효율, 디자인 차별화, 운전자의 안전에 중요한 블랙 화질 구현 등의 장점으로 관심이 집중되고 있어 앞으로 고객사와 협력을 통해 준비하겠다”고 설명했다. 또한, “Foldable은 고객 수요에 맞춰 지속적으로 연구, 개발 중이며 시장과 고객이 원하는 수준의 완성도 제고에 중심을 두고 있다. 고객사와 협력을 통해 고객이 원하는 시점에 양산 가능하도록 준비하겠다”고 덧붙였다.

2017년 9월 7일 독일 프랑크푸르트에서 국제 TADF 심포지엄 개최

TADF(Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence) 기술은 OLED에 매우 효율적이고 안정적인 emitter 재료를 제공하는 새로운 기술로 알려져 있다. TADF emitter는 OLED 산업의 차세대 재료 발전에 기여하고 더 많은 OLED application을 창출할 수 있을 것으로 기대를 모으고 있다. 현재 TADF는 OLED를 개선할 수 있는 주요 기술로 많은 주목을 받고 있으며, 이러한 TADF 기술의 중요성과 차세대 OLED에서의 TADF 영향력은 독일 프랑크푸르트 국제 TADF 심포지엄에서 강조 될 예정이다. (www.tadf-symposium.com)

 

 

IFA 컨퍼런스 직후, 유럽과 한국 대학의 세계 유수 연구원들이 TADF OLED 소재의 개발과 관련 된 모델링부터 분석, 소자 제작에 이르기까지 다양한 측면에서 논의 할 예정이다. 또한, OLED의 선도적인 제조업체인 LG와 Samsung은 OLED 산업의 견해와 고효율 TADF가 어떠한 영향을 미칠 것인지를 발표할 예정이다. 이어서 대표적인 TADF 재료 공급 업체인 CYNORA는 최초의 blue TADF emitter의 상업화 진행 상황과 최종 단계들을 공개 할 예정이다.

국제 TADF 심포지엄은 9월 7일 독일 프랑크푸르트에서 개최되며 등록은 8월 15일 까지 가능하다.

LG and Samsung at the International TADF Symposium in Germany

TADF (Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence) is an exciting new technology to provide highly efficient and stable emitting materials for OLED devices. TADF emitters are poised to contribute to the next material-driven advancement of the OLED industry, making OLEDs ideal for even more applications. Right now, TADF technology is receiving much attention as it will lead to major improvement of OLED displays again. The importance of TADF technology and its impact of the Next-Generation OLEDs will be highlighted at the International TADF Symposium in Frankfurt, Germany. (www.tadf-symposium.com)

 

 

Directly after the well-known IFA conference, the world’s leading researchers from European and Korean universities will discuss aspects related to the development of TADF OLED materials from modelling through synthesis to analytics and device fabrication. In addition, the leading OLED manufactures LG and Samsung will reveal some of their views on the OLED industry and what impact high-efficiency TADF materials will have on it. Furthermore, CYNORA, the leading TADF materials provider, will present an update of its status and its finals steps in commercialization of first blue TADF emitters.

The registration for the International TADF Symposium will be open till 15th August. The TADF event is sponsored by Lesker Tool, Schrödinger and CYNORA.

Meet the leading experts from OLED industry and academia on September 7th in Frankfurt, Germany.

UBI Research , Published the Market Report on OLED Manufacturing Equipment

■The OLED equipmentmarket is expected to reach $84.9 billion in 5 years.

■Korean and Chinese panel companies will take over 90% of investment in panel equipment.

 

According to ‘2017 OLED Manufacturing Equipment Annual Report’ published by UBI Research, the entire equipment market of OLED is expected to total$84.9 billion(about 93trillion KRW) from 2017 to 2021. In 2017, $16.4 billion(about 18 trillion KRW) will be invested in OLED equipment.

The OLED equipment for the market analysis is largely categorized by process into 5 kinds of equipment; TFT, OLED, encapsulation, cell, and module. The investment costs including distribution equipment and test equipment of each process are calculated, and touch-related equipment is excluded from the market analysis.

Hyun Jun Jang, a senior researcher of UBI Research forecasts that the two countries will lead the OLED market due to the massive investment from both Korean panel companies occupying the OLED industry and latecomers Chinese panel companies.

According to this report, China and Korea will actively invest in OLED equipment from 2017 to 2017, showinga 48% and a 42% OLED market share, respectively. In particular, the two countries are expected to make the largest investment of $32.8 billion(about 36 trillion KRW) in 2017 and 2018.

Samsung Display has been expanding small and medium OLED lines to be applied to Galaxy series and Apple, and LG Display has been investing in both small & medium and large-size OLED lines. China’s BOE and CSOT are likely to invest heavily in OLED line because especially BOE has decided to invest more than 30K in small and medium OLED lines every year since 2017.

 

<left) OLED Equipment Market Share by Process,    right) OLED Equipment Market Share by Country>

 

From 2017 to 2021, itis forecast that TFT equipment, OLED pixel patterning equipment, encapsulation equipment, cell equipment, and module equipment will have a 45%, 17%,13%,13%, and 12% market share, respectively. In near future, the demand for flexible OLED will be likely to increase so that cell and module equipment will gain more importance having a 25% market share.

Consumer reports, being dissent from an evaluation of premium TV launched in this year

Consumer reports picked OLED TV of LG Electronics as the best 4K TV to buy right now, while gave QLED TV of Samsung Electronics 10th place.

 

<THE BEST 4K TV LG OLED65C7P selected by Consumer Reports, Source: Consumer reports>

 

Consumer Reports which is a consumer magazine in US, selected OLED TV OLED65C7P of LG Electronics launched in this year as the ‘Best 4K TVs to Buy Right Now’ on 16th, since ‘OLED TV is the best for expressing black, so it can provide entirely different image quality’.

Consumer Reports evaluated that OLED65C7P has high resolution, excellent image quality and outstanding sound performance. It has the best HDR performance among the products tested this year and it will be hard to find a better TV than it.” Consumer Reports gave 88 points, the highest score ever. This is higher score than 86 points that OLED65G6P of LG Electronics received in November.

 

In addition, OLED65G6P of OLED TV model in 2016 of LG’s got 86 points and OLED65E6P was followed as 85 points. OLED55E6P and OLED55B6P jointly received 83 points.

<Samsung Electronics’ QN65Q8C, Source: Consumer Reports>

QLED TV QN65Q8C of Samsung Electronics launched in this year gained 79 points. Consumer Reports explained that it is excellent in resolution, image quality, and sound quality, however there was black mark for the high price in spite of backlighting existence, limit of expression for black due to backlighting and cloud phenomenon. And Consumer Reports quoted the words of industry source that it would take more than three years for launching of true self-emitting QLED TV.

In the ‘Solution process OLED annual report’, UBi research expected that QLED deposition materials have issues on a short life-span compared to phosphorescence OLED deposition materials that are currently being commercialized, efficiency problem, development of eco-friendly devices, lack of infrastructure compared to OLED. In case of not establishing infrastructure and aggressive investment such as manpower recruitment and expansion of the development investment, the time of commercialization will be far from here.

Capture the Rapidly Emerging OLED Parts & Materials Market

With the joining of Apple in the growing OLED market this year which is manufactured by Samsung Display and applied in Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy, the OLED parts & materials market is increasingly developing.

 

An OLED specialized research company, UBI Research CEO Choong Hoon Yi(senior analysis) said the various parts & materials market needed for manufacturing smartphone OLED is expected to reach US$ 8.7billion this year and more than quadruple to US$ 38billion in 2021.

<M2017 Mobile Phone OLED Parts & Materials Report, UBI Research>

The biggest reason for the rapid growth in the smartphone OLED parts & materials market is attributed to the stable success of Samsung’s Galaxy, the Apple’s effect, the Chinese set companies’ demand boom. Just like reflecting this trend, leading display companies such as LG Display, BOE, CSOT, and Visionox following Samsung Display are struggling to introduce the 6th generation flexible OLED manufacturing line. This trend will lead LCD to disappear almost in the smartphone market by 2021.

<2017 Mobile Phone OLED Parts & Materials Report, UBI Research>

 

As the OLED parts & materials market for smartphone is classified by country, the Korean market predominates. The Korean OLED parts & materials market accounts for 95% of the total market and is likely to keep 72% in 2021.

 

As the OLED industry is led by Samsung Display, the Korean parts & materials market is also expected to rapidly grow. UBI Research CEO Choong Hoon Yi forecasted the ecosystem made by Samsung Display is held by the majority of Korean SMEs or the foreign companies with a factory in Korea, OLED growth will be directly related to the development of Korean SMEs.

 

 

Galaxy S8, 83.6% Display area implementation, 11.5% improvement over the previous model

<Samsung Galaxy S8, Source: Samsung Electronics>

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S8 and S8 + were unveiled on March 29th (local time) at the UnPacked 2017 event in New York, United States. No doubt Galaxy S8 ans S8+ have received a lot of attention before the event.
Size-wise of the Galaxy S8 is not much different from the previous Galaxy S7. But the Galaxy S8 minimizes the bezel and removes the home button for the wider display. This way, Samsung Electronics meets consumers’ needs, offering stability of using a smart phone with one hand as well as high visibility.
The Infinity Display applies to the Galaxy S8 accounts for 83.6% of smartphones. The size of display has enlarged by 0.7 inches while the display area (the ratio of display to smart phone) has been increased by 11.5%. Additionally, Samsung applied black color and edge shape to bezel, causing an optical illusion with far wider view to consumers as if the entire smartphone solely composes of a display set.
Samsung has also expanded the screen ratio of the Galaxy S8 from 16: 9 to 18.5: 9 to immerse consumers maximally in virtual experience while viewing an image on the screen. In some cases, 16: 9 image contents are produced in 21: 9 (for a wide view) and have been gradually increased. Such contents on the smartphone may cause the users to feel confined and distracted by the top and bottom margin. However, the Infinite display fills the screen with full 21: 9 image contents to further enhance the mesmeric feel.

Resolution of Infinite display has been upgraded from QHD to QHD + as good as the screen ratio; Infinite Display has been certified as the first HDR premium for the first time in mobile devices.
Samsung revealed Galaxy S7 with 72.1% DA in 2016 as well as Galaxy S8 in 2017 with 83.6%, 11.5% increase in DA to the previous year. Samsung Electronics is gradually reaching DA 90% in the future smart phones; Market will pay more attention to the Samsung’s future product development.

Meanwhile, both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 + are equipped with Bixby-intelligent interface, the world first 10 Nano processor, and 4GB RAM; S8 has a 3000mAh battery and S8 + has a 3500mAH battery, with biometrics and multi-window function.

<Specification of Samsung GalaxyS8 and GalaxyS8+, Source: Samsung Electronics>

The OLED Component and Material Market for Mobile Phones Is Expanding Rapidly

The component and material necessary for manufacturing OLED include not only board but also TFT, OLED, encapsulation, touch screen, cover window, and drive IC.

With the joining of Apple and Chinese companies into the OLED mobile phones market which has been led by Samsung’s Smartphone Galaxy, Samsung Display and Chinese Display companies are increasing their investment in Gen 6.

Accordingly, component and material market needed for manufacturing OLED is also rapidly expanding.

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According to the UBI Research report, the OLED component and material market for mobile phones is expected to grow to US$ 38.2 billion in 2021 as against US$ 8.72 billion in 2017.

In terms of nation, the Korean OLED component and material market holds 94.9% market share(US$ 8.27 billion) in 2017, but the Chinese one is forecast to increase up to 22.3% in 2021, whereas the Korean one will decrease to 72.2%.

 

2017년 premium TV 삼파전, 삼성 vs LG vs Sony 승자는?

Sony가 올해 초 CES 2017에서 공개한 XBR-A1E OLED TV series의 예약 판매를 실시하면서 Sony와 LG전자, 삼성전자의 본격적인 premium TV 경쟁이 시작되었다. 전작들과 다른 전략으로 책정 된 가격과 경쟁 업체들과 물고 물리는 가격 경쟁이 구매자들의 큰 관심을 이끌고 있다.

Sony가 이번에 공개한 XBR-A1E series는 55인치와 65인치, 77인치 3가지 라인업으로 구성 되었다. 출시 가격은 3월 16일 Amazon 기준으로 55인치는 US$ 4,999.99, 65인치는 US$ 6,499.99, 77인치는 추후 공개예정으로 LCD가 탑재 된 전작 모델들인 XBR-55X850D와 XBR-65X850D의 출시 가격에 비해 약 2배 정도 높게 책정 되었다. 이는 높은 가격대 책정과 함께, 기존보다 향상 된 화질과 OLED 패널이 직접 사운드를 내는 acoustic surface 기술 적용 등, OLED 패널을 적용한 premium TV만의 차별화 된 이미지를 구축하겠다는 전략으로 해석된다. 또한, 지난 2월 공개한 LG전자의 signature OLED TV인 OLED65G7P의 가격보다 US$ 500, OLED65W7P의 가격보다 US$ 1,500 가량 저렴하게 책정되었다. LG전자보다 늦게 출시한 만큼 가격 측면에서 우위를 점하겠다는 의도로 풀이된다.

LG전자도 지난 2월 premium TV 시장을 선점하기 위한 premium OLED TV를 출시하였다. LG전자는 올해 Ultra OLED TV 5개 시리즈 10개 모델(77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7, 65/55B7)을 새롭게 출시 할 계획이다. LG전자의 올해 판매모델인 OLED65C7의 출시가격은 Amazon 기준 US$ 4,499.00로 전작 모델인 OLED65C6에 비해 25% 정도 저렴하게 책정 되었으며, 삼성전자의 65Q7C과 비슷한 가격 대이다. 하지만 signature OLED TV인 OLED65G7P와 wall paper OLED TV인 OLED65W7은 삼성전자의 65inch QLED TV중 제일 비싼 QN65Q9F 보다 각각 US$ 1,000와 US$ 2,000 이상 높은 가격을 책정 하였다. 프리미엄 시장에서도 entry와 high-end로 나누어 entry 모델로 삼성전자의 QLED TV와 경쟁하고 가격이 더 비싼 high-end 모델로 새로운 프리미엄 시장을 개척하겠다는 의미로 해석된다.

LG전자, Sony와 달리, QLED TV를 주력으로 하고 있는 삼성전자는 지난 3월 14일 파리에 위치한 루브르 전시장에서 초프리미엄 제품군(Q7,Q8,Q9)을 공개했다. 초프리미엄 제품군은 4개 시리즈 11개 모델(88/75/65Q9F, 75/65/55Q8C, 75/65/55Q7F, 65/55Q7C)로, F와 C는 각각 flat과 curved를 의미하며, Q7과 Q8보다 고급형인 Q9은 4월에 출시 될 예정이다. 출시 가격은 65Q8C는 3월 14일 Best Buy 기준 US$ 4,799.99이며, 65Q9F는 US$ 5,999.99로 책정 됐다. 이는 지난 2016년에 출시 된 premium TV 라인업인 ‘SUHD TV’에 비해 출시가격이 20%이상 높은 가격으로, Sony와 마찬가지로 높은 가격대 책정과 컬러볼륨 100% 인증을 받은 향상 된 화질을 강조하며 premium TV만의 고급스러운 이미지를 구축하려는 의도로 풀이된다.

이처럼 기존 2017년 premium TV 시장은 삼성전자와 LG전자, Sony 3사간의 치열한 경쟁이 다시 한번 예고되고 있다. 프리미엄 TV 시장을 OLED TV로 리드하고 있는 LG전자와 이에 맞선 Sony의 OLED TV 사업 진출, 삼성전자의 QLED TV 마케팅이 2017년 premium TV 시장에 어떤 영향을 미칠지 소비자와 업체 관계자들의 시선이 집중되고 있다.

<삼성전자와 LG전자, Sony의 2017년 프리미엄 TV 가격, Source : Amazon, Best Buy, 2017년 3월 23일 기준>

2017 Premium TV Market Structure due to the Different Prices of Premium TVs and Sony’s Joining in OLED TV Market

Some line-ups of Samsung Electronics QLED TVs including the Q7 and Q8 introduced at CES 2017 are starting to be unveiled and preordered on its official U.S website and Amazon. The products for preorder are 55, 65, and 75-inch flat TVs of Q7 line-up, and 55 and 65-inch curved TVs of Q8, the higher lineup than Q7. QN65Q7F 65-inch flat TV cost US$ 3,499.99 on Amazon, as of 16th, and QN65Q8C 65-inch curved TV was US$ 4,499.99. It was 20% more expensive than ‘SUHD TV’, the premium TV line-up launched in 2016, and it was intended to build premium TV’s own image by highlighting high price range and enhanced picture quality.

On the other hand, LG Electronics OLED TV prices keep on decreasing. OLED65C6 65-inch curved OLED TV was launched last year at US$ 3,197.00 on Amazon as of 16th, and that was 50% cheaper than US$ 6,000.00 on June, 2016. In addition, the lunch price of OLED65C7 65 inch-curved OLED TV to sell this year is set as US$ 4,000.00 on Amazon as of 15th, which was a 30% cheaper than 2016 and US$ 500.00 cheaper than Samsung’s QN65Q8C 65 inch curved TV. As LG Electronics are leading the OLED premium TV market, it is likely to pay more attention to popularization due to is low price.

<Price Comparison of 2017’ 65-inch Curved TV New Products, Source : Amazon.com>

Due to similar prices of OLED TV and QLED TV in the premium TV market, high-quality picture, brand image, consumer needs satisfaction are gaining importance. Color reproduction among high-quality picture factors has similar performance, whereas OLED TV still gain a competitive advantage in contrast range and response speed. Besides, Sony that has kept a strong brand power and status in the premium TV market showcased OLED TV with higher-quality picture upgraded by ‘Acoustic Surface’ technology that produces sound without speaker and ‘X1 extreme processor’ HDR chip, attracting a lot of attention at CES 2017. Its release date and price have not yet been announced, but it is expected to greatly influence the premium TV market.

There’s a keen interest on, how the 2017 premium TV market will change due to the different price strategies of premium TVs to be released and Sony’s joining in OLED TV.

2017년 premium TV 가격과 Sony의 OLED 진영 가세에 따른 premium TV 시장 구도는

삼성전자가 이번 CES 2017에서 선보인 QLED TVQ7Q8등 일부 라인업에 대해, 삼성전자의 미국법인 공식 홈페이지와 Amazon 등을 통해 공개하고 예약 판매를 실시하고 있다. 예약 판매가 진행중인 제품은 Q7 라인업의 55, 65, 75 inch flat TVQ7보다 고급형인 Q8 라인업의 55, 65 inch curved TV이며, 65 inch flat TVQN65Q7F16Amazon 기준 US$ 3,499.99, 65 inch curved TVQN65Q8CUS$ 4,499.99로 조사 됐다. 이는 지난 2016년에 출시 된 premium TV 라인업인 ‘SUHD TV’에 비해 출시가격이 20%이상 높은 가격으로, 높은 가격대 책정과 향상 된 화질을 강조하여 premium TV만의 이미지를 구축하려는 의도로 풀이된다.

이에 반해 LG전자의 OLED TV 가격은 지속적으로 하락하고 있다. 지난해 출시 된 65 inch curved OLED TVOLED65C616Amazon 기준 US$ 3,197.00, 20166월 출시가격 이었던 US$ 6,000.00에 비해 50% 정도 저렴한 가격에 팔리고 있다. 또한 올해 판매 모델인 65 inch curved OLED TV OLED65C7의 출시가격은 15Amazon 기준 US$ 4,000.00 2016년 출시 제품에 비해 30% 저렴하게 책정 되었으며, 삼성의 65 inch curved TVQN65Q8C에 비해 US$ 500.00가 저렴하다. OLED를 적용하여 premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있는 만큼, 낮은 가격대로 대중화에 더 공을 들이고 있는 것으로 추측된다.

<2017년 65 inch Curved TV 신제품 가격 비교, 출처 : Amazon.com>

이처럼 premium TV 시장에서 OLED TVQLED TV의 가격이 점점 엇비슷한 가격대를 형성하고 있기에, 이제는 화질과 브랜드 이미지, 소비자의 needs 충족이 중요한 요소로 떠오르고 있다. 화질에서 색재현율은 서로 비슷한 성능을 보이고 있으나, 명암비와 응답속도 등의 성능에서는 여전히 OLED TV가 우위를 점하고 있다. 또한, 브랜드 파워와 premium TV 시장에서의 여전한 위상을 가지고 있는 Sony CES 2017에서 OLED TV를 선보였으며, 스피커 없이 소리를 내는 ‘Acoustic Surface’ 기술과 ‘X1 extreme processor’라는 HDR 칩을 적용하여 OLED TV의 화질을 더욱 더 향상시켜 많은 주목을 받았다. 출시일과 출시가격은 미정이나 premium TV 시장서의 파급력이 클 것으로 예상되고 있다.

2017년 출시 될 premium TV 가격대의 서로 다른 전략과 SonyOLED TV 진영 가세로 2017 premium TV 시장이 어떻게 개편될지 많은 이들의 관심이 집중되어 있다.

 

5 Best TVs for the Super bowl, selected by the Consumer Report

Super Bowl, the North American professional soccer (NFL) final and one of the World’s biggest sport events, is coming under our noses and LG OLED TV has swept top three places at 5 best TVs for the Super bowl. Also products of LG and Samsung Electronics accounted for the top 10 except for 5th place, showing powerful technology of Korean companies.

LG Electronics’ 65-inch OLED TV, OLED65G6P, was selected as the best TV for the Super Bowl by Consumer Reports in the US in 2017. The consumer report commented excellent screen quality and deep black, built-in sound, and infinite viewing angle- the best in all respects, suppressing Samsung and Sony’s flagship.

<LG Electronics 65inch OLED TV- OLE65G6P, Source : consumerreports.org>

LG OLED65E6P and OLED55B6P ranked 2nd and 3rd place, offering the strengths of OLED TV and reasonable price. LG UHD LCD TV ranked 9th and 10th, listing five LG TVs are in the top 10.

The fourth is Samsung’s quantum dot SUHD TV, UN65KS9800. The consumer report reviewed that it shows high resolution quality and excellent sound, in application of full array LED backlight with local dimming function to produce very deep black levels for an LCD set. Samsung’s other products such as UN55KS9000, UN55KS8000, UN55KS6500 ranked 6, 7 and 8, listing four products in the top 10.

On the other hand, Sony’s XBR-65Z9D was ranked 5th in the top 10, except for Korean makers. The Consumer Report commented, it uses a unique full-array backlight system, called Backlight Master Drive, to turn each LED on or off independently, helping it produce impressive black levels and contrast for an LCD-based set.

The Super Bowl competition is the world’s most popular sport event, with more than 100 million viewers around the world and during the season various marketing events are held- it’s the second most successful TV purchase period in a year, following Black Friday. Such Super Bowl event and positive reviews on OLED TVs are anticipated to be in the competitive position in the premium TV market along with the recent price reduction of OLED TV.

<Best TVs for the Super bowl, Source : consumerreports.org >

컨슈머리포트 선정, 슈퍼볼 시청에 최적인 TV BEST 5

지구촌 최대 스포츠 이벤트로 불리는 북미 프로미식축구(NFL) 결승전 `슈퍼볼`이 코앞에 다가온 가운데, 슈퍼볼을 시청하기 좋은 TV TOP5에서 LG전자의 OLED TV1위부터 3위까지 모두 휩쓸었다. 또한, LG전자와 삼성전자는 10위권 내에 5위를 제외하고 모두 자사의 제품을 올려 한국기업들의 기술력을 입증하였다.

미국의 컨슈머리포트가 선정한 2017년 슈퍼볼을 시청하기 위한 최고의 TVLG전자의 65인치 OLED TVOLED65G6P가 선정되었다. 컨슈머리포트는 이 제품에 대해 우수한 화질과 명암비, 뛰어난 내장 사운드, 무한대의 시야각 등 모든 측면에서 최고라는 평가를 내렸으며, 삼성과 Sonyflagship을 누른 제품이라 소개하였다.

<LG전자의 65인치 OLED TV인 OLE65G6P, 출처 : consumerreports.org>

2위와 3위도 모두 LG전자의 OLED TVOLED65E6POLED55B6P가 차지하였다. OLED TV만의 뛰어난 장점들과 함께 합리적인 가격들을 소개하였다. 그 외에도, LG전자의 UHD LCD TV9위와 10위에 올라, LG전자는 10위권에 총 5개 제품을 올렸다.

4위는 삼성전자의 퀀텀닷 SUHD TVUN65KS9800이 차지하였다. 컨슈머리포트는 고해상도 화질과 뛰어난 사운드를 보여주며, local dimming 기능이 있는 full array LED backlight를 적용하여 블랙 표현 수준이 뛰어나다고 평가했다. 삼성전자의 또 다른 제품인 UN55KS9000, UN55KS8000, UN55KS6500은 각각 6,7,8위에 올라, 삼성전자는 10위권에 총 4개의 제품을 올렸다.

한편, 한국업체의 제품을 제외하고는 유일하게 10위권 내에 SonyXBR-65Z9D5위에 선정 되었다. 컨슈머리포트는 뛰어난 화질과 함께, Backlight Master Drive라는 특수한 full-array backlight system을 적용하여 우수한 명암비를 표현한다고 소개하였다.

슈퍼볼 경기는 세계 1억명 이상의 시청자가 시청하는 세계 최대 인기 스포츠 이벤트이며, 이 기간 동안 다양한 판촉 행사가 진행되기 때문에, 이 기간이 블랙프라이데이에 이어 연중 두 번째로 좋은 TV 구매시기로 손꼽히고 있다. 이러한 슈퍼볼 이벤트와 OLED TV에 대한 좋은 평가들은 최근 OLED TV의 가격하락과 맞물려 프리미엄 TV 시장에서 LCD TV와의 경쟁에서 유리한 고지를 차지할 것으로 기대를 모으고 있다.

 

<슈퍼볼을 시청하기 위한 좋은 TV 순위, 출처 : consumerreports.org >

Will Curved TV Disappear in the Premium TV Market?

The curved TV introduced firstly in 2013 has attracted attention for a long time, and many companies including Samsung Electronics and China’s Hisense, Haier and TCL showcased curved TVs at CES 2016. In addition, newcomers including Xiaomi and LeTV released curved TVs, and Samsung Electronics organized ‘Curved Federation’ with China’s TV companies such as Hisense and TCL in August, 2016 to cooperate with each other for the expansion of curved market, and the reviews on the curved TV market are generally positive.

But, only a few companies such as Korean and Chinese ones unveiled curved TVs at CES 2017, while other electronics companies in Europe and the US showcased flat TVs only. Meanwhile, LG Electronics said that it plan to release flat TVs only for Q9, a flagship TV model of 2017 but curved TVs for less expensive models Q7 and Q8. With its plan to focus on flat OLED TV in the future, pointing out the downward trend of curved TV market, LG plans to pay more attention to flat OLED TV. Likewise, major TV set companies’ awareness of curved TV started to change. Besides, European electronics company Vestel mentioned the disadvantage of curved TV that is too sensitive to viewing angle, and TV review company Reviewed.com and other review companies offered negative opinions on curved TV. This expects that the position of curved TVs is likely to dwindle in the premium TV market.

Accordingly, the premium TV market will have intense competition for the clear picture quality of flat type TVs, whereas curved TVs are expected to have competition with Chinese companies in a lower level TV market. As many Chinese TV makers have released curved TVs, curved TV in the premium TV market is no longer a competitive point. Therefore, TV set companies need to find a new turning point to catch the eyes of the consumers.

<Booth Photos of Samsung(Left) and LG(Right) at CES 2016 and 2017. Many curved TVs were mainly unveiled in 2016, but flat TVs in 2017>

Premium TV 시장에서 curved TV는 사라질까

2013년 처음 선보인 curved TV는 한동안 미래형 TV로 주목 받았으며, CES 2016에서는 삼성전자와 중국의 Hisense, Haier, TCL 등 다수의 업체가 curved TV를 전시하였다. 또한 XiaomiLeTV 등 후발 업체들도 curved TV를 출시하였으며, 삼성전자는 2016 8 Hisense TCL 등 중국 TV 업체들과커브드 연맹을 결성하여 curved 시장의 확대를 위해 상호 협력 하기로 하는 등, curved TV 시장의 평가는 대체적으로 우호적이었다.

<CES 2016과 2017 삼성전자(좌)와 LG전자(우)의 booth 사진. 2016년에는 다수의 curved TV가 전시되었으나, 2017년에는 flat TV 위주로 전시되었다.>

하지만 CES 2017에서는 한국과 중국 등 일부 업체만 curved TV를 선보였으며, 유럽과 미국 등 다른 가전업체들은 flat TV만 전시하였다. 또한, 삼성전자는 2017flagship TV 모델인 Q9flat TV로만 출시하고 더 저렴한 모델인 Q7Q8 모델에만 curved TV 도입을 결정했으며, LG전자 관계자는 curved TV 시장의 하향세를 언급하며 앞으로 flat OLED TV에 집중 할 계획을 언급하는 등, 주요 세트 업체들의 curved TV에 대한 인식이 변화하기 시작하였다. 뿐만 아니라, 유럽의 가전 업체인 Vestel의 관계자는 시야각에 매우 민감한 curved TV의 단점을 언급하기도 했으며, TV 평가 매체인 Reviewed.com과 타 평가 업체에서도 curved TV에 대해 부정적인 의견을 내놓는 등, premium TV 시장에서 curved TV의 입지가 점차 좁아질 것으로 예상 된다.

이에 따라 premium TV 시장은 flat type을 바탕으로 화질 경쟁이 주를 이룰 것으로 보이며, curved TVpremium급에서 한 단계 낮은 TV 시장에서 중국 업체들과의 경쟁이 예상 된다. 다수의 중국 TV 메이커들의 curved TV 출시로 인해 더 이상 premium TV 시장에서 curved TV는 차별화 포인트가 될 수 없기 때문에, 세트 업체들은 소비자들의 눈길을 사로잡기 위한 새로운 전환점이 필요할 것으로 보인다.

 

Samsung Electronics, Recorded operating profit of 1. 34 trillion won in display business

Samsung Electronics announced that they recorded sales of 7.42 trillion won and operating profit of 1.34 trillion won in display business through 4Q 2016 having been progressed on the 24th. This company recorded large scale surplus that exceeded continuous 1 trillion won for two consecutive quarters following last 3Q.

According to Samsung Electronics, this company says that sales has been increased and cost-improving activities were continued through customer diversification in case of 4Q 2016, and also sales volume of OLED panel was increased to a small extent compared to previous quarters. Sales price strength has been continued in demand-supply stability in case of LDC business, and they reveal that business results have been improved indebting to sales increase of high value-added products such as UHD/large size etc. together with yield/cost betterment. In case of TV panel sales, the volume was decreased a little compared to previous quarters from its quantity and areas all together.

Samsung Electronics lights up a business schedule that they will propel growth compared to previous year by expanding exterior supplies of high-end products including Flexible etc. based on technology leadership and securing capacity of Samsung Electronics in 2017 OLED business. They estimate that needs on high value-added Flexible will be greatly expanded according to form-factor innovation of Smartphone.
Besides, they convey their words such like constant increases of China companies’ capacity in LCD business and deepened competition between companies have been made, but they will endeavor to sustain stable profitability through expansion of product sales and design differentiation including Frameless and Curved while strengthening competitiveness of high value-added products including UHD/large size etc.

Samsung Electronics executed 25.5 trillion won in facility investment, and 9.8 trillion won was invested to display business, and also 2017 investment volume of facilities was not fixed yet.

They disclose schedules of propelling sales increase by positively responding to needs of client products according to increasing OLED adaptation by main Smartphone clients in OLED business in the first quarter, and also carry forward performance enhancement through P-Mix efficiency. Though demand decrease of LCD business is estimated owing to entering off-season, tight supply-demand looks to be continued, and they delivers their words like they will devote securing profitability through expanding high value-added product sale and constant boosting of cost competitiveness.
Thus, Samsung Electronics lights up that they will secure profitability by expanding high value-added products such as UHD/ large size/Curved etc.

In 2016 Q4, Samsung Electronics recorded sales of 90 million cellular phones and 8 million tablets, and they forecast that sales of cellular phones will be increased in the first quarter compared to previous quarter, and sales of tablet will be decreased. They explain that sales of LCD TV recorded 16 million TV, and 40% was decreased by influences of seasonal reason in the first quarter, but one-digit growth of early stage is expected annually.

On the other hand, they say that Samsung Electronics does not consider additional disclosure of LCD production line at now while explaining that closure of L7-1 (LCD) line end of last year was not related to Sharp as a matter of willing to do OLED switch before supply stop of Sharp according to Samsung Electronics. In relation with OLED capability, they deliver policy of willing to secure it according to market and customer needs.

삼성전자, 디스플레이 사업 영업이익 1조3,400억원 기록

삼성전자는 24일 진행된 2016년 4분기 실적 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 디스플레이 사업에서 매출 7조4,200억원, 영업이익 1조3,400억원을 기록했다고 밝혔다. 지난 3분기에 이어 2분기 연속 1조원이 넘는 대규모 흑자를 기록한 것이다.

 

 

삼성전자에 따르면 2016년 4분기 OLED 사업의 경우 고객 다변화를 통한 판매량 증가와 원가 개선 활동이 지속되었고, OLED panel 판매량은 전 분기 대비 소폭 증가하였다고 밝혔다. LCD 사업의 경우 수급 안정 속에 판가 강세가 지속되었으며, 수율/원가 개선 및 UHD/대형 등 고부가 제품의 판매증가로 실적이 개선되었다고 전했다. TV panel 판매량의 경우 수량과 면적 기준 모두 전 분기 대비 소폭 감소하였다.

삼성전자는 2017년에 OLED 사업에서 삼성전자의 기술 리더십 및 적기 capa 확보를 바탕으로 flexible 등 하이엔드 제품의 외부 공급을 확대하여 전년 대비 성장을 추진할 것으로 밝혔다. 스마트폰의 form-factor 혁신 등에 따른 고부가 flexible의 수요가 크게 확대될 것으로 전망했다. 또한, LCD 사업은 중국 업체 capa의 지속적인 증가와 업체 간 경쟁 심화가 되고 있지만, UHD/대형 등의 고부가 제품 경쟁력을 더욱 강화하고, frameless, curved 등 디자인 차별화로 제품 판매 확대를 통한 안정적인 수익성 유지에 힘쓸 것이라고 전했다.

삼성전자는 2016년 시설 투자에 25.5조원을 집행했는데 디스플레이 사업에 9.8조원이 집행되었으며, 2017년 시설 투자 규모는 아직 확정되지 않았다고 전했다.

삼성전자는 1분기에 OLED 사업에서 주요 스마트폰 고객사들의 OLED 채용이 증가됨에 따라 거래선 제품 수요에 적극 대응하여 판매량 증가를 추진하고, P-Mix 효율화를 통한 실적 향상을 추진할 것이라고 밝혔다. LCD 사업은 비수기 진입에 의한 수요 감소가 예상되지만 타이트한 수급이 지속될 것으로 보이며, 고부가 제품 판매 확대와 원가 경쟁력 지속 제고를 통한 수익성 확보에 주력할 것이라고 전했다.

이에 삼성전자는 수율 및 원가 개선 활동을 강화하고, UHD/대형/curved 등의 고부가 제품 판매를 확대하여 수익성을 확보할 것이라고 밝혔다.

삼성전자는 2016년 4분기에 휴대폰 9,000만대, 태블릿 800만대의 판매량을 기록했으며, 1분기에 휴대폰 판매량은 전 분기 대비 증가하고, 태블릿 판매량은 감소할 것으로 내다봤다. LCD TV의 판매량은 1,600만대를 기록, 1분기에는 계절성의 영향으로 40% 감소하고, 연간으로는 한 자리 수 초반대의 성장이 예상된다고 밝혔다.

한편, 삼성전자에 따르면 지난해 말 L7-1(LCD) 라인의 폐쇄는 샤프의 공급 중단 이전에 OLED 전환을 위해 결정된 사안으로 샤프와 관련이 없으며, 현재 보유 중인 LCD 생산 라인의 추가 폐쇄는 고려하고 있지 않다고 밝혔다. OLED capa와 관련해서는 시장과 고객 니즈에 따라 적기에 확보한다는 방침이라고 전했다.

The image quality is enough, AMOLED for user’s eye health is general trend now.

Modern people who are exposed to electronic devices such as smart phones, PCs, TVs, and monitors can cause fatigue and dry eye syndrome by blue light which might damage the retina or lens in severe case. It may especially disturb a restful sleep by affecting melatonin negatively which is the secretion of sleep-inducing hormone.

Samsung Display has introduced the strength points of self-emitting AMOLED on the blog that can block the harmful blue light by emitting nearby safe wavelength to keep the color and reduce the emission of 425-455mm area in harmful wavelength. They have acquisitioned the industry’s first “Safety for Eyes” certification regarding on the excellence of eye’s health in the photobiological stability test conducted by German certification institute, VDE (Verband Deutscher Elektrotrchniker e.v) in 2016.

They have also represented various advantages that offer excellent color reproduction ratio of 100% against LCD showing 74% level of DCI-P3 standard, thinner thickness than half and low power consumption compared to LCD. They promoted variety merits of eco-friendly AMOLED only for user’s eye health (e.g., ‘Vision Aid’ checks itself the degree of deficiency of cone cell for color blind people and adjusts intentionally the insufficient color stronger for them to look well) as well as the performance including image quality by using blog.

Meanwhile, Samsung Display showed a Bio blue panel applied pixel structure with deep blue sub-pixel and light blue sub-pixel in SID 2016 and IMID 2016. Deep blue and light blue are applied to prevent the degradation of color expressiveness of AMOLED panels that are replaced by light blue only and sharply reduced the gravity of blue light on AMOLED to 12.8%, half of the 25.1% of LCD.

<Bio Blue OLED Panel of Samsung Display, SID 2016>

화질은 충분, 이젠 사용자의 눈 건강을 위한 AMOLED가 대세

Smart phonePC, TV, 장시간 모니터와 smart phone 기기와 같은 전자 기기에 노출되는 시간이 많은 현대인은 blue light에 의해 피로와 안구건조증을 유발하여, 심한 경우 망막이나 수정체에 손상을 가져 올 수 있으며 특히, 멜라토닌(melatonin) 이라는 수면 유도 호르몬 분비에 영향을 주어 수면에 방해가 되기도 한다.

Samsung Display는 블로그를 통해, 유해 파장인 415~455㎚부분의 발광을 줄이고, 근처의 안전한 파장을 발광 시켜 색감은 유지하면서도 유해한 blue light는 차단할 수 있는 자발광 AMOLED의 장점들을 소개하였다. 이러한 눈 건강에 대한 우수성으로, 2016년 독일의 인증기관인 VDE(Verband Deutscher Elektrotrchniker e.v)가 진행한 광 생물학적 안정성 검사에서 ‘Safety for Eyes’ 인증을 업계 최초로 획득 하였다.

또한, DCI-P3 기준에서 74% 수준을 표현하는 LCD에 비해 100%의 뛰어난 색재현율과 LCD 대비절반 이상의 얇은 두께, 낮은 소비 전력 등 다양한 장점들을 소개하였으며, 색약자들을 위해 원추세포의 기능저하 정도를 스스로 체크하여 부족하게 감지되는 색을 의도적으로 강하게 보이도록 보정하는 ‘Vision Aid’을 선보이는 등, 화질을 포함한 성능 뿐만 아니라 사용자들의 눈 건강을 위한 친인간적인 AMOLED만의 다양한 장점들을 블로그를 통해 홍보하였다.

한편, Samsung Displaydeep blue sub-pixel light blue sub-pixel이 적용된 pixel 구조를 적용한 Bioblue panelSID 2016IMID 2016에서 선보였다. Deep bluelight blue를 적용하여 light blue만으로 대체되는 AMOLED 패널의 색표현력 저하를 방지하였으며, AMOLEDblue light 비중을 LCD 25.1% 대비 절반 수준인 12.8%로 대폭 감소시켰다.

 

 

Who Will Get The First Full-Screen Display Smartphone Title, Samsung Or Apple?

Full-screen display smartphone is expected to be launched soon. According to the recent report ‘Key Issue and The Market Analysis for Foldable OLED – Flexible OLED Annual Report’ by UBI RESEARCH, a market survey company, left-right bezel-less flexible OLED dominate the smartphone market, and later full-screen display with minimized or without both left-right and up-down bezel will appear in 2017, thereby leading the future market.

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<Smartphone Display Development Trend Outlook>(Source: UBI RESEARCH)

The more specific circumstances were caught. Apple Insider announced that Apple recently applied for a design patent(US20150303244A1) of electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors, quoting the USPTO’s announcement on October 11(Local Time).

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<Design Drawing 1 of Apple’s Patent-Pending Electronic Devices with Display-Integrated Light Sensors>

Apple used the examples of the placement of Ambient Light Sensor or Proximity Sensor around the side of display, and of the protection of display and sensor circuit by glass or plastic transparent encapsulation layer. Apple Insider expects that this design will be able to reduce unnecessary space and make full-screen display possible.

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<Design Drawing 2 of Apple’s Patent-Pending Electronic Devices with Display-Integrated Light Sensors>

At the 2016 IMID Business Forum at COEX in Samseong-dong on October 26, Samsung Display chief expert, Park Won-sang announced display trend about screen size, which boosted confidence. Chief expert, Park Won-sang said that “Display size compared to set size is very important due to the characteristic of mobile phones with a size limit. The display area(hereinafter “D.A”) of edge display was 80%, full-screen mobile phone D.A was larger than 90%, and this is one of the major trends that will lead the market”. The techniques including an all-in-one glass fingerprint recognition module and an ultrasonic fingerprint recognition module have not been mentioned yet, but an entirely innovative full-screen smartphone will be introduced by removing left-right bezel as well going beyond the left-right bezel-less type of Note 7.

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<Samsung Display’s Presentation, 2016 IMID Business Forum>

LG also applied a patent of full-screen display. According to Patently Mobile’s report on June 2015, not physical but virtual button and App icon were applied. But, design itself cannot exactly show materials and interior parts except appearance, and it is now uncertain whether it will be developed or not as there is no further news after the patent application.

 

 

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<LG Electronics Granted Home-Buttonless Smartphone using Flexible Display>>(Source : Patently Apple)

Likewise, many smartphone companies are actively reviewing the introduction of full-screen display because it might allow customers to experience the biggest change in addition to the product’s immersive nature. Besides, there are recently some opinions that with the expanding VR market, OLED display without a latency issue and wider display area are necessary to be applied to HMD(Head Mounted Display) attached with a mobile phone.
Meanwhile, ‘Key issue and Market Analysis for Foldable OLED’ Report by UBI RESEARCH forecasted that full screen AMOLED panel will be firstly launched in 2017, accounting for 60% of the total flexible AMOLED panel market and going beyond the bezel-less type of flexible AMOLED panel market.

Meanwhile, ‘Key issue and Market Analysis for Foldable OLED’ Report by UBI RESEARCH forecasted that full screen AMOLED panel will be firstly launched in 2017, accounting for 60% of the total flexible AMOLED panel market and going beyond the bezel-less type of flexible AMOLED panel market.

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<Definition by Flexible OLED Type and Market Share Outlook >(Source: UBI RESEARCH)

[KVRF2016] Even KVRF 2016, OLED leads VR industry

Korea VR festival 2016 (below “KVRF2016”) which can confirm present and future of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry was opened from October 6 to October 9 at Nuridream Square of Sangam DMC.
In this event, 79 companies including global enterprises such as Samsung Electronics, Sangwha Planning, Oculus, Sony Co., etc. participated in, and new technology of each company was able to be checked on because approximately 157 booths were prepared in common production center, outdoor center, and business center.

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<VR Simulator using a huge robot arm of Sangwha Planning>

While interests in VR and AR are enlarged due to recent Poke’mon GO, many spectators visited this place with keen attention, each company shows off various interactive-typed contents such as roller coaster, paragliding, Sokkuram experiencing etc as well as game contents including FPS, sky jump etc accordingly. .Besides, this event did not simply limited to games such like Eye-tracking linked with cognitive concentration training system was displayed by BIOTECH, and VR goggles for military simulation by P&C Solution, and also demonstrated a fact that VR industry could be multiply applied to whole fields such as education, health, army etc.

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<VR 4D Simulator for Roller Coaster experiencing by MGAME Corp.>

One of interesting thing during observation was that AMOLED panel was used to majority expensive HMD (Head Mounted Display) devices. From Sony Playstation VR whose release is scheduled on 13th to Samsung Gear VR and Nibiru, a Chinese enterprise among Chinese companies, applied Samsung AMOLED. According to common opinions of company officials, they clarified AMOLED application due to issues relevant to response speed called Latency, even though there were BLU (Back Light Unit) and contrast problems which belonged to fundamental matters of LCD.. Latency indicates delaying time owing to inter-computer connections in on-line games frequently, but the reason is derived from limitations of implementing occurred delaying speed with LCD whenever moving user’s eyes, even though visual reality should quickly invoke new images too according to movement of user’s head in VR. No matter how the product has excellent computing power, AMOLED application is essential to make the delaying time shown in the screen to ‘0.’

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<VR product series of Playstation whose release are planned soon>

Interests in VR have been heightened such like a lot of enterprises and business start-ups in the exhibition hall were boasting their VR technology and VR café was opened in Gangnam, Korea first etc., but there was a realistic saying that even profit model could not be set up properly because related regulations on VR were vague yet and standardization in domestic was not clear as well. Business models and VR industry participation by enterprises become to be different according to legal regulations, so government should provide suitable assistance and methods to make systematic profit platform so that VR industry could strengthen global competitiveness.