Samsung is preparing to launch two OLED screen innovations for its and Apple’s products, and the first will be available in retail devices as early as this year. Currently, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display uses the older generation M11 OLED material found in the S21 Ultra’s display.
However, its brightness potential has been maximized by Samsung to achieve these very high S22 Ultra screen specs, such as a record maximum brightness of 1,750 nits, while its controller enables the most granular refresh rate dynamics of 1 to 120 Hz for the first time on a Samsung smartphone.
It appears that Samsung’s latest generation of M12 OLED display material will be retained for smartphones arriving in the second half of the year. The Elec reports that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 foldable smartphones are expected to be the first Samsung smartphones that will have M12 OLED displays, while the iPhone 14 series will be a first for Apple to adopt the technology.
Wait, what? Yes, the iPhone 14 (most likely its Pro models) will feature a newer generation of Samsung OLED display than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra. We still don’t know if the generational improvements of the M12 hardware will be compared to the M11 in the S22 Ultra, so Samsung fans who bought the Ultra model shouldn’t get too excited prematurely.
The other OLED innovation that Samsung will be working on in the near future is the development of dual-layer panels, such as those LG is currently using for integration into electric vehicles and the like. The dual-layer method allows OLED displays to last much longer without visual degradation, especially when it comes to fragile blue organic diodes. That’s important for cars that may be in service for a decade or more, but also for electronic devices that have a longer lifespan than smartphones, such as laptops or tablets.
Samsung may be overtaken by LG
Samsung was supposed to develop a 10.86-inch OLED display for use in an iPad next year, but Apple didn’t like the results it got from Samsung’s proposed single-layer OLED panel, so that partnership fell through. LG, on the other hand, which has already mastered the dual-layer OLED method, is expected to provide such displays for a 12.9-inch OLED iPad and another 11-inch one scheduled for release in 2024.
Apple is also reportedly planning to switch to OLED for its Mac and iMac display lines, not just for iPads, which have a longer life cycle than the traditional iPhone. This may have prompted Samsung to accelerate the development of its own dual-layer OLED displays – the T series – so called to evoke the word tandem when it comes to the two OLED layers working in parallel. In other words, Samsung senses the danger of being overtaken by LG as Apple’s primary supplier of OLED displays for everything other than iPhones, and is reacting accordingly.
Samsung and LG are currently working on medium-sized dual-layer OLED displays for future tablets and laptops, the report said. However, Samsung will likely release dual-layer T-series OLED displays in its own Tab S and Galaxy Book families of tablets and laptops about a year before Apple uses the panels.