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Every OLED laptop announced at CES 2019
Every OLED laptop announced at CES 2019
It's not a coincidence that the OLED XPS 15, Razer Blade 15, HP Spectre x360 15, and Lenovo Yoga C730 are all launching within 1 to 2 months of each other. These 15.6-inch laptops will likely source their 4K UHD OLED panels from the same provider.

(January 23, 2019 Update: We now know who the supplier of these OLED panels will likely be. Samsung showed off a 15.6-inch 4K UHD OLED panel at CES 2019 that promises HDR600 and 100 percent DCI-P3 color coverage and a manufacturing start date of February 2019. With all of the listed laptops below not launching until March or later, it's safe to say that they will all be utilizing Samsung panels.)

A small handful of 4K UHD OLED laptops made it to CES this year that were unfortunately overshadowed by Nvidia Turing and the next generation of AMD processors. We've gone ahead and listed these laptops here for easier reference.

OLED for laptops is significant because the technology offers immense benefits over the common IPS panel. Black levels and response times are near perfect even when compared to the best IPS displays in the market. The technology is becoming more widespread on smartphones and tablets like the iPhone X and Galaxy Tab S4, respectively, but high costs and low supply continue to impede its development for laptops.

It's worth noting that all the OLED laptops below have 15.6-inch screens. OEMs typically source from the same pool of panel manufacturers including Samsung, LG Philips, AU Optronics, and BOE. Thus, it is very likely that the following laptops will be sourcing the 15.6-inch OLED panel from just a single provider. Many of these models will be launching in the same time Q1/Q2 time frame as well. We're unsure who this provider will be until we can get our hands on the first test sample.

Nearly all OEMs have omitted the launch prices of their OLED laptops likely being these will carry quite the price premium over the typical IPS SKU.

Dell XPS 15

Although a no-show at CES 2019, the XPS 15 is expected to come this March with the 4K UHD OLED option in tow.

Dell G7 15

This mid-range gaming laptop will also receive a complete design overhaul in addition to the 4K UHD OLED option.

Alienware m15

The 2019 Alienware sports the same chassis as the 2018 model but with faster Core i9 and GeForce RTX options.

HP Spectre x360 15

HP's flagship convertible is becoming more powerful with each new generation because the OEM is not afraid to increase thickness for better performance. The 4K UHD SKU will launch in just a few short months as well.

Razer Blade 15

Razer was the only one at CES 2019 to showcase a working gaming laptop prototype with the 4K UHD OLED panel. Strangely, the manufacturer didn't want to demo it running any games.

Lenovo Yoga C730

Last year's Yoga C730 will soon have a 4K UHD OLED SKU. Unlike all the other laptops listed here, however, Lenovo has explicitly stated that the OLED option will be skipping the United States for now.

Lenovo was also the only OEM to give a firm launch price on the Yoga C730 OLED when it launches in Europe this April. The option will start at $1649 USD or several hundred dollars more than the original IPS SKU. This price difference is a good indicator of what to expect from the other OEMs.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-17 (Update: 2019-01-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.