The huge increase in laptop demand driven by the shift to remote work and learning has not only caused double-digit growth in laptop panel shipments, but also increased their prices by more than 40%. This is the conclusion reached by the specialists of the TrendForce analytical company. They predict that the upper segment of the laptop market, which uses high-quality panels, including OLED panels, will reach 17.8% this year and 21.4% next year.
OLED panels are mainly supplied by Samsung Display Company (SDC). In 2020, this company shipped 800,000 pieces of panels. SDC is expected to ship over 4 million OLED panels for laptops this year. Chinese company EverDisplay Optronics (EDO) will join SDC this half year or next. TrendForce expects OLED panels to account for 1.3% of laptop panel shipments this year and 2.4% in the future.
World’s first 14″ laptop with 75Wh battery and Magic OS. Honor MagicBook 14 unveiled with 2K screen, Intel Core 12 processors and GeForce RTX 2050 GPU
Huawei has officially unveiled the next-generation 14-inch MagicBook 14 laptop. Even before the announcement, Huawei characterized the novelty as a device with outstanding autonomy, and now it became clear why it was implemented: the developers call the novelty the world’s first 14-inch laptop with a 75 Wh battery. It was also said about the influence of Magic OS (this is a set of proprietary applications for Windows) on the device’s ability to work 20 hours offline, but battery capacity still plays a decisive role here.
I must say, while the MagicBook 14 2022 is thin and compact (although the screen bezels could be smaller), it even allows you to play games – and even with ray tracing! The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050 discrete 3D accelerator is responsible for graphics processing in this model. However, the basic models get by with integrated graphics, and the “middle” version offers a simpler discrete GPU – the GeForce MX 550.
Processors – Intel Core i5-12500H in the base version and Intel Core i7-12650H – in the top one. The amount of LPDDR5 RAM was 16 GB, the amount of SSD – 512 GB. The novelty received a new cooling system with two fans, two heat pipes and a radiator increased by 66% of the area. Compared to its predecessor, the airflow is increased by 35%.
The 14-inch laptop screen covers 88.15% of the lid. The resolution is 2160 x 1440 pixels, the frame rate is standard 60 Hz. The display is characterized by a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and coverage of 100% of the sRGB color space.
The case of Honor MagicBook 14 2022 is made of aluminum. The thickness is 15.9 mm, and the weight of the device is 1.54 kg. The configuration of the device also includes a fingerprint scanner built into the power key, a backlit keyboard, a webcam that allows you to record 720p video, a pair of USB-C ports.
The new MagicBook 14 with Core i5 retails for $810, but early adopters can pre-order for $735. The Core i7 version is priced at $840. Sales of new items in China will start on May 19.
Next generation laptop? Samsung introduced Flex Note
During SID 2022 Display Week, Samsung Display unveiled a new foldable device called the Flex Note, which could very well turn into a next-generation commercial laptop.
Flex Note resembles a hybrid of a foldable laptop and a tablet. It has the same design as the Galaxy Z Fold series, but its dimensions make the device look like a laptop. It looks like the device also works on Windows, as you can see the start menu in the bottom left corner of the screen.
When expanded, the keyboard may disappear to free up more screen space when watching a video. Another design benefit is the option that allows you to customize the appearance of the keyboard. It can be monochrome or multi-colored.
The source writes that Flex Note has a very thin body. Details on the technical characteristics are not yet available.
LG at the same event showed an OLED device that can be folded and unfolded 360 degrees.
360 Foldable OLED Smartphone Prototypes, Keyboardless Laptop Prototypes Unveiled
Even though LG officially exited the smartphone business last year, the company is actively developing new displays. At this year’s Display Week, LG announced that its research and development team has successfully created a foldable OLED device that can be folded and unfolded 360 degrees.
LG Display has unveiled an 8.03-inch foldable OLED touch screen. The uniqueness of this display lies in the fact that the panel can be folded with the screen in or out. It can be left at any angle from 0 to 360 degrees.
In terms of durability, LG is said to use UTG (Ultra Thin Glass) technology for the foldable OLED, and the outer screen is covered with an anti-fingerprint material. LG also claims that the 360 Foldable OLED screen is rated for 200,000 folds under normal use. Its resolution is 2480 x 2200 pixels, the density is 413 pixels per inch. The display covers 109.9% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Brightness is 430 cd/m2 in typical situations and can reach 600 cd/m2 in difficult situations.
The company also showed a 17-inch foldable OLED panel that folds up to 180 degrees and looks like a laptop without a keyboard.
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