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The smartphone industry is poised for a huge boom in flexible AMOLED Panels this year. Samsung owned 2016 with its curved screen, but now other companies are gearing up.

Currently, the clear majority of smartphones, TVs, monitors and other display devices have LCD or LED screens. Only a relative handful of manufacturers use AMOLED and an even smaller group use flexible AMOLED panel. However, this disparity may change this year.

Samsung’s A-series fashionable smartphones all feature FHD Super AMOLED screens. These phones will be available first in Russia on January 5th 2017.

According to a report out of Taiwan, up to 150 million flexible AMOLED panels are expected to be shipped starting this year.  Last year, we had up minuscule 50 million AMOLED panels shipped, but now this year’s projections indicate an expected growth of 200% worldwide.

Samsung amazed us with Samsung Edge series of smartphones that featured the curve screens which was a huge success. So much so, that Apple ‘s newest flagship iPhones are rumored to get curved screens late 2017 early 2018. See my article (iPhones May Get Curved Screens Next Year)



The supply of flexible OLEDs is severely limited. For a time, Samsung had the monopoly, but after negotiations with Apple, companies will be able to get their hands on the highly sort after panels.

Here are the SPECS:
SmartPhone
Samsung
Galaxy A3 2017
 
Samsung
Galaxy A5 2017
 
Samsung
Galaxy A7 2017
 
Display 4.7” 720P
Super AMOLED
5.2” FHD
Super AMOLED
5.7” FHD
Super AMOLED
Processor 1.6Ghz Octa-core 1.9Ghz Octa-core 1.9Ghz Octa-core
RAM 2GB 3GB 3GB
Storage 16GB 32GB 32GB
Camera 13MP 16MP 16MP
MicroSD Yes Yes Yes
 
So what is LCD, LED and AMOLED etc.?  Without getting too technical, here is a brief explanation of these technologies.
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) – Uses backlight as light source to a pseudo white light which can be filtered into different colors in a liquid crystal element. Most LCD use a blue LED backlight filtered through a yellow phosphor coating to produce pseudo white light.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) - display panel these are shrunk down dramatically and arranged in red, green and blue clusters to create an individual pixel that can reproduce white light and various colors. The arrangement of these subpixels can alter the performance of the displays slightly.
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) – Uses a series of thin organic material films placed between two conductors in each LED, which is then used to produce light when a current is applied.
AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) – Active Matrix systems attach a thin film transistor (TFT) and capacitor to each LED which allows for faster and more precise control.
Read more on these technologies here.




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