@electrynx: I apologize if I implied the prices went up "suddenly:" OLED prices have always been high relative to LCD. In fact, the lower LCD prices go, the more contrast--pun intended--there is with LCDs.
If OLED reaches its manufactuing potential, they should ultimately become extremely competitive price-wise. But I think that is a long way off. The rampup/rampdown of LCD prices took longer than anyone anticipated and it has only been in recent years that LCDs have lost their appeal to manufacturers. LCD has largely become a commodity product.
It just makes me wonder why the prices of AMOLED displays are going up suddenly. May be basically the OLED displays may be costlier than the normal TFT LCD displays. It would be interesting watch how taiwanese companies will compete with samsung and LG in the AMOLED race.
@hm: The iPad display is an LCD technology developed and patented by Apple. The pixels are packed more closely together so the definition is fantastic. However, I've heard that this, combined with 4G capability, sucks the battery life of the iPad very quickly. Battery life is one of the issues OLED seeks to address.
@Himanshu: Normally you would see prices decline as volumes go up. But when there is little or no competition in the market, a vendor would be crazy to discount prices as long as they are able to command a premium. The other factor working in OLED's favor is demand: customers want them and so far are willing to pay top dollar. Until LG really ramps up, or OLED makers in China start coming out with less expensive products, prices will stay high.
Tioluwa, Thanks for clarify the distinction between these two. What about the energy consumption rate in AMOLED? By clarity wise which one is good? Any idea, why companies are not extensively using the AMLOED and OLED for display.
"Lack of competition is keeping OLD price high"...could be possible due to the niche nature and the difficult production procedure but i did not understand the reason for higher price as the volume goes up. My premise is that the manufacturers, who have shown the capability of high volume manufacturing can command a higher price due to lack of competition. Then it would be a goldmine for the manufacturers as the profit margins are already high.
It always a battle a technology emergies, but before it can take root, another one comes to overtake it.
Technically speaking, the AMOLED is an active matrix implementation of the OLED display technology which allows for largy displays which means the AMOLED implementation of OLED is likely to surpass the basic OLED.
iPad however uses LCD with IPS technology to improve its viewing angle and picture quality
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