Samsung will release ten new OLED panels for laptops this February, including the first-ever 15.6-inch 1080p version for budget builds
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Laptop OLED displays could see increased adoption rates this year as Samsung is preparing to launch ten new models ranging from 13.3-inch up to 16-inch sizes. Apart from an updated roster of more expensive 4K OLED screens usually reserved for premium laptops, Samsung will also introduce lower priced 15.6-inch 1080p OLED screens for budget-oriented builds.
The promo video released by Samsung primarily focuses on the picture quality improvements brought by the new generation of laptop OLED screens. When it comes to black levels, it looks like the laptop screens are not exactly on par with the LG TV panels that are capable of true 0 nit blacks, but they are fairly close at 0.0005 nits leading to contrast ratios in excess of 1 million to 1. However, while the LG TV panels can reach close to 100% DCI-P3 and 77% Rec.2020 color gamuts, the new Samsung displays offer superior 120% DCI-P3 coverage and up to 85% Rec.2020 coverage. Thanks to these improvements, the Samsung displays also offer improved readability in direct sunlight.
There is no word on the refresh rates, but Samsung does mention that the screen will be 10 times more responsive than conventional LCDs. Hopefully Samsung will at least include 120 Hz support even on the 1080p models. These new screens are expected to be available for laptop manufacturers in February and we might see some prototypes at CES 2021 next week.