AMD Ryzen 4000H laptops with 4K OLED displays just above US$1,200? Schenker could soon sell such models
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The trend to include cheap LCD panels in AMD-based laptops could soon become history, as laptop OEMs are now considering including superior LCD panels and even displays that integrate OLED technology without a cosniderable bump in price. Razer and Gigabyte are already offering OLED displays with some of the latest Blade and Aero models, but these are Intel-based models that are significantly more expensive than AMD’s vision for US$1,000 laptops. Custom OEM builders like Schenker are trying to keep prices as low as possible and still provide great display options for the latest AMD-based VIA 15 Pro model. The launch announcement mentioned that the Via 15 Pro laptops will ship with IPS LCD panels, yet Shencker is now pondering on adding OLED options for a decent price bump.
For the Ryzen 5 4600H model, Schenker is asking 876 Euro (the Ryzen 7 4800H upgrade costs 83 Euro), so this is well within AMD’s reference design that stipulates a sub-$1,000 price. The IPS FHD panels with 60 Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB color gamut are among the better displays we have seen on AMD laptops, but Schenker now thinks its customers may appreciate the inclusion of an OLED display option which would bring the price just above the US$1,200 mark. However, note that these systems come with no dGPUs.
There is a survey posted on the Schenker forums that asks potential customers how they feel about the OLED option. For and additional 215 Euro, users can get a 4K OLED panel (glare-type) produced by Samsung, and although it is limited to 60 Hz, it still gets some impressive features like 0.23 ms black to white response time, up to 600 nits brightness that makes it HDR-ready, and color gamuts like 100% sRGB, 99.7 DCI-P3 plus 95.2% Adobe RGB. Of course OLEDs are still prone to image burn, but it looks like the smaller screens (15.6-inch) are not really affected by this problem anymore. Schenker estimates that the battery life would drain at least 10% faster with the addition of this 4K display. Also of note here is the PWM screen frequency that is set to 60 Hz.