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Computex 2019 | Asus expresses concerns in using OLED displays on gaming laptops

Asus Zephyrus S GX502 laptops used to demonstrate gaming on a 4K OLED panel. (Left-AMOLED, Right-IPS)
Asus Zephyrus S GX502 laptops used to demonstrate gaming on a 4K OLED panel. (Left-AMOLED, Right-IPS)
Asus showed off a gaming demo on two Zephyrus S GX502 laptops — one of them had a 4K 120Hz IPS display while the other had a 4K OLED panel. The company is looking forward to incorporate OLED displays in its gaming laptop lineup but wants to first address of some of the issues that plague OLED screens including screen burn-in, life-span, and long-term color accuracy.

We have been seeing a steady stream of laptop OEMs opting for OLED panels in their offerings. Laptops such as the Alienware m15 R2, Gigabyte Aero 15, Dell XPS 15 7590, and Lenovo Yoga C730 among others offer OLED panel options alongside the regular IPS ones. Asus, however, does not seem to be fully convinced on OLED yet. The company is toying around with the idea of offering OLED options on its gaming laptops but feels there are still some issues to be resolved.

Asus launched the Zephyrus S GX502 last month with a 240 Hz Pantone-validated IPS-type panel. At the ongoing Computex trade show, Asus showed a gaming demo on two GX502 laptops — one of them sported a 4K 120 Hz IPS matte panel and the other had a 4K AMOLED glossy panel (this is just for demo purposes and not currently being offered). The colors appeared more vivid on the AMOLED panel for sure, but Asus says they still have concerns about burn-in effects and much shorter lifespan of OLED panels. Asus also made a point about problems with color accuracy over long periods of usage. The company said they look forward to incorporating OLED panels in gaming laptops as soon as these concerns are resolved.

Screen burn-in has always been a contentious issue with OLED panels even though there are differing opinions and not everyone experiences it with modern displays. OLEDs are becoming increasingly popular on smartphones, but PC displays generally have many static elements such as toolbars, HUDs, tickers, etc. on most of the time, which increases the probability of image retention or burn-in. Also, while OLEDs can have ultra-fast response times (as low as 0.1ms) and can theoretically attain faster refresh rates, concerns such as motion blur due to persistence (sample-and-hold) still need to be addressed for a proper gaming experience.

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Asus Zephyrus S GX502 with 4K 120 Hz IPS panel.
Asus Zephyrus S GX502 with 4K 120 Hz IPS panel.
Asus Zephyrus S GX502 with 4K AMOLED panel.
Asus Zephyrus S GX502 with 4K AMOLED panel.
Side-by-side comparison of AMOLED (left) and IPS (right) displays.
Side-by-side comparison of AMOLED (left) and IPS (right) displays.
 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-05-31 (Update: 2019-05-31)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.