Samsung brings advanced OLED touchscreen technology to laptops for smartphones

Samsung brings advanced OLED touchscreen technology to laptops for smartphones

Samsung Display announced on Tuesday that it is beginning mass production of OLED touch panels for laptops. These panels feature OCTA technology, which integrates touch sensors directly into the OLED panel. The 2023 Galaxy Book series of laptops will be the first to receive these screens, the South Korean manufacturer said.

    Image source: Samsung

Image source: Samsung

Samsung Display hasn’t specified the size of the OLED OCTA touch panels, but the current Galaxy Book models are offered in 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch screens. The manufacturer is expected to unveil updated models of laptops with new displays next month as part of the Unpacked event, which will also showcase the new Galaxy S23 smartphones.

The South Korean display maker pointed out that OCTA panels will be available with a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate and support for 3K resolution. OCTA uses touch sensors built right into the OLED panel itself, giving it support for touch inputs. The use of this technology allows reducing the overall thickness of the device compared to devices that use a special touch foil as an additional display layer in the screen.

Samsung introduced OCTA technology back in 2010. It originally debuted in the premium smartphone series Galaxy S and is now widely used, including by Apple in the iPhone. In recent years, Samsung Display, as the world’s largest manufacturer of OLED screens, has made efforts to expand the production of OLED touch panels with OCTA technology for use in tablets and laptops, not just smartphones. Samsung Display’s competitor, LG Display, which dominates the market for OLED TV panels, wants to expand the use of OLED technology in tablets and laptops as well.

Samsung Display saw an increase in panel sales for Apple due to the high popularity of the iPhone 14 smartphones in 2022, but this is rather an exception to the general picture, as Samsung itself, like other manufacturers, expects an even greater drop in demand in the year 2023 due to the global economic crisis leading to a decrease in demand for consumer electronics and an increase in production costs.

Borrowing advanced OLED technologies from the smartphone segment into the laptop segment, like the OCTA, clearly shows the South Korean manufacturer’s desire to hold on to profits this year.

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