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Samsung’s next goal: develop rollable QD-OLED screens

The technology QD OLED It will be one of the great protagonists this year 2022. With the Samsung S95B and Sony A95K Smart TVs as great exponents since they are the first QD-OLED televisions on the market, Samsung’s new panels point ways.

We know that Samsung is managing to improve the manufacturing process, achieving 75% of useful panels. And now they have a new goal: to get a thinner QD-OLED panel to integrate it into a rollable stand.

It is not the first time that we see a Smart TV with these characteristics. His great rival surprised with the LG OLED R, a television with a base where the roll-up OLED screen was hidden. And it seems that Samsung is interested. Or this is what emerges from the latest report of The Electricand which states that the Korean company is already in the process of manufacturing a panel with these characteristics.

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Is a rollable Samsung QD-OLED worth it?

As indicated, Samsung Display has just started a development project to make its QD-OLED technology thinner, reducing the number of glass substrates.

In case you did not know, Samsung Display’s QD-OLED panels use two glass substrates: a glass substrate for thin-film transistors (TFTs) and a glass substrate for the Quantum Dots color conversion layer.

A new QD color layer conversion process is now being tested and Samsung intends to print such a layer on a blue OLED layer instead of using a glass substrate.

With this process, in which glass substrate is removed, on the one hand, material costs are reduced and the process is simplified. Also, reducing to a layer of glass substrate makes the TV thinner and, most interestingly, it can be rolled up. It’s worth remembering that LG’s rollable OLED TVs also use a single layer of glass substrate, so the idea makes sense.

If Samsung manages to develop this new panel, It will reduce the cost of manufacturing its QD-OLED televisions even more, in addition to offering the first rollable QD-OLED Smart TV in the future.

Today, a television with these characteristics does not make sense. The 10 units of the LG Signature Series OLED R sold make it clear that it is not a technology with too much travel today. But keep in mind that this Smart TV with a roll-up screen had a lower image quality, so Samsung wants to prepare itself so that when it can present a product in conditions that LG will not get ahead of it.

Keep in mind that technology is advancing at a dizzying pace and what today seems like a whim within the reach of very few, in a few years it becomes commonplace in the sector. 4 years ago no one would believe that folding phones are sold, and today we can buy models with these characteristics for less than 600 euros.

Well, exactly the same thing happens with the Smart TV market: a technology that a few years ago was available to very few evolves to become a consumer product. And, it seems, Samsung is interested in rollable screens so it doesn’t want LG to be the only player in a still undiscovered sector.

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