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LG OLED TV, 컨슈머리포트 선정 올해 최고의 TV 3년 연속 선정

미국 소비자 전문 매체인 컨슈머리포트는 최근 발표한 2018 최고의 TV에서 LG Electronics의 65인치 OLED TV인 ‘OLED65C8PUA’가 모든 제품 중 최고 제품으로 선정 됐다고 발표했다.

<LG Electronics의 OLED65C8PUA, Source: lg.com>

컨슈머리포트는 OLED65C8이 가격과 성능에서 훌륭한 균형을 이뤘다고 밝히며, 우수한 고화질과 UHD 성능, 무한대의 시야각 등 화질 부분의 우수성과 함께 인공지능 플랫폼인 ThinQ AI 플랫폼도 훌륭하다고 언급했다.

LG Electronics의 OLED TV 시리즈는 2016년 최고 제품으로 선정 된 이후 3년 연속 자리를 지키고 있다. 특히, 올해 출시 된 OLED TV에는 LG Electronics가 독자 개발한 화질칩인 ‘알파9’을 장착하여 노이즈를 기존대비 절반으로 줄이고 더욱 정교한 색좌표로 정확한 색을 구현 하는 등, 화질이 더욱 더 업그레이드 됐다.

한편, LG Electronics의 OLED TV는 premium TV 시장에서 경쟁력을 지속적으로 확보하며 입지를 공고히 하고 있다. LG Electronics는 지난 1분기 컨퍼런스 콜에서 HE 사업부분 1분기 실적이 매출액 4.12조원과 영업이익 5,773억원을 기록했다고 밝히며, 특히 OLED TV와 UHD TV를 중심으로 전년 대비 성장을 주도하여 영업이익률은 14.0%를 달성하였다고 언급했다.

또한, 앞으로 TV 사업을 수익성 중심으로 운영할 것이라 언급하며, 전체 TV 매출 중 OLED TV의 매출 비중이 10% 후반까지 성장할 것으로 기대했다.

LG OLED TV was selected as the best TV for 3 consecutive years.

At the best 2018 TV released recently by Consumer Reports, US consumer magazine, LG Electronics’ 65-inch OLED TV ‘OLED65C8PUA’ was selected as the best product among all the products.

<LG Electronics’ OLED65C8PUA, Source: lg.com>

Consumer Reports notes that the OLED65C8 has a good balance of price and performance. With the excellent quality of images including excellent high definition, UHD performance, and infinite viewing angles, it mentions that ThinQ AI platform, an artificial intelligence platform, is also excellent.

LG Electronics’ OLED TV series has remained in the first place for three consecutive years since being selected as the best product in 2016. In particular, the OLED TV released this year was upgraded to higher quality by installing ‘Alpha 9′, a proprietary image quality chip developed by LG Electronics, to reduce noise to half compared with previous models, and to achieve accurate colors with more sophisticated color coordinates.

On the other hand, LG Electronics’ OLED TV continues to secure its position in the premium TV market. LG Electronics announced at the conference call held on April, 26th that the sales revenue and operating profit of its HE (Home Entertainment) business division were recorded KRW 4.12 trillion and KRW W577.3 billion, respectively in the first quarter of 2018. In particular, OLED TVs and UHD TVs led the growth. The operating margin reached 14.0%.

According to LG Electronics, it will continue to operate TV business with profitability. The proportion of OLED TV sales is expected to grow from 10 percent last year to mid 10% ~20% of the total TV sales this year.

LG Electronics expect OLED TV sales portion to grow to mid 10% ~ 20% of total TV sales this year

LG Electronics announced at the conference call held on April, 26th that the sales revenue and operating profit of its HE (Home Entertainment) business division were recorded KRW 4.12 trillion and KRW W577.3 billion, respectively in the first quarter of 2018. The sales declined due to the seasonal weakness, compared with the previous quarter, but grew 7.4% YoY. In particular, OLED TVs and UHD TVs led the growth.  Operating profit grew 76.5% YoY thanks to the continued premium product sales growth, material cost drop, and improved cost structure. The operating margin reached 14.0%, which is the first time that the HE division has achieved a double-digit OP margin. As for the second quarter forecast, LG Electronics said, “We expect TV demand to increase slightly compared to the same period of last year due to the impact of sports events on the market. In particular, the rapid growth of the premium TV market is expected to continue.”

LG Electronics also mentioned “With the plan for sales growth to be continued by responding timely to the demand for additional sports events, and strengthening sales of new products, we are going to maintain sound profit structure by increasing sales of OLED TVs and UHD TVs and enhancing cost competitiveness.”

 

Ha Jin-Ho, Senior Vice President of HE Division, LG Electronics said “ Achieving 14% operating profit in the 1st quarter, 2018 means that we have strengthened our brand centered on value, with no more volume sales.’’ OLED TV has brought synergistic effects, and we will continue to operate TV business with profitability. The proportion of OLED TV sales is expected to grow from 10 percent last year to mid 10% ~20% of the total TV sales this year.” he added.

LG전자, 올해 OLED TV 매출 비중 10% 후반까지 성장 기대

LG전자가 4월 26일 진행된 2018년 1분기 컨퍼런스 콜을 통해 HE 사업부분 1분기 실적은 매출액 4.12조원, 영업이익 5,773억원을 기록했다고 밝혔다. 매출액은 계절적 비수기 진입 영향으로 전분기 대비 감소하였지만, 전년 동기 대비는 7.4% 성장하였다. 특히, OLED TV와 UHD TV를 중심으로 전년 대비 성장을 주도하였다.

 

영업이익은 지속적인 프리미엄 제품 판매 확대와 재료비 하락, 원가 구조가 개선되면서 전년 동기 대비 76.5% 증가했다. 영업이익률은 14.0%를 달성하였으며, HE 사업본부가 두 자릿수의 영업이익률을 낸 것은 이번이 처음이다.

 

2분기 전망에 대해서 LG전자는 “시장 측면에서 스포츠 이벤트 영향으로 TV 수요는 전년 동기 대비 다소 늘어날 것으로 전망하고 있으며, 특히 프리미엄 TV 시장의 빠른 성장세는 지속 유지될 것으로 예상된다”고 밝혔다.

이에 LG전자에서는 “스포츠 이벤트 추가 수요에 적기 대응하고, 신제품 판매 활동을 강화하여 전년 대비 매출 성장세를 지속해 나가고, OLED TV와 UHD TV의 매출 확대와 꾸준한 원가 경쟁력 제고를 통해 건전한 수익 구조를 유지해 나갈 계획”이라고 밝혔다.

 

LG전자 HE본부 하진호 전무는 “올해 HE 사업부분에서 영업이익률 14%를 달성한 것은 volume 게임을 지양하고, 프리미엄 제품의 value 중심으로 브랜드를 강화하고 있는 것”이라며 “이에 OLED TV가 작용해서 상승 효과를 보고 있는 것이고, 앞으로도 TV 사업을 수익성 중심으로 운영할 것”이라고 전했다. 또한, “전체 TV 매출 중OLED의 매출 비중은 작년 10%에서 올해는 10% 후반까지 성장할 것으로 기대한다”고 전했다.

2018 MWC- Release of LG Electronics’ V30S model, postponing announcement of new smart phone

LG Electronics released some of its stance, through 2018 MWC, on upgrading the entire mobile lineup, which led to lots of curiosities by the various related articles.

According to the exhibitors, the company will try various strategies from this year and will not necessarily follow its competitors in launching new models. In terms of the overall model reorganization of the G series and the V series, it has decided to concentrate on the essence of the phone for the time being rather than making a big change. With regard to the V30S’s release, it is said that V30S is different from V30 in terms of taking bright and clear pictures in the dark place by improving the illumination including AI application to the camera modules, and the enhancement of the stereo system. Also, V30 users might be able to experience soon the same performance as V30S through software upgrade.

Though it was not revealed at this MWC exhibition, the new premium mobile model to be launched this year will adopt the ‘ ThinQ AI’. It was announced that the new model was released after the V30 in a separate private booth; however, the release time has not yet been confirmed.

 

Regarding 5G, which is one of the biggest trends in this exhibition, North America and other regions are rapidly moving, and LG Electronics has also been working hard on this inclusive of the development of foldable smart phone.

 

Unlike last year’s show with various watch models, LG Electronics’ MWC booth is a little reduced as it seems to prepare for the next. The V30S is the only OLED display product, and most of the exhibits highlighted the enhanced performances of the V30S, such as the experience of a Hi-Fi QUAD stereo system through wearing a headset and the experience of a camera’s Bright Mode in the darkroom. In addition, the K10 (K10, K10 + – 5.3 inch HD) series, which are entry level models, has been released through this exhibition.

2018 MWC- LG전자 신규 스마트폰 발표 미루고 V30S 모델 공개

LG전자는 2018 MWC를 통해 그간 다양한 기사들로 궁금증을 자아내게 했던 전면적인 모바일 라인업 업그레이드에 대한 입장을 일부 공개했다.

전시 관계자에 따르면 올해부터는 전략을 다양하게 시도할 것이며 신모델 출시에 관련해 꼭 경쟁사를 따라가지는 않을 것이라고 했다. G시리즈와 V시리즈의 전체적인 모델 개편과 관련해서도 당분간 큰 변화를 주기 보다는 폰의 본질에 집중하고자 한다고 마무리 했다. 또한 V30S의 공개와 관련해 V30와 다른 점은 카메라에 AI가 적용을 비롯한 조도개선을 통한 어두운 곳에서 밝고 선명한 사진을 찍는 점과 스테레오 시스템의 향상 정도라고 밝혔으며, V30 사용자는 조만간 소프트웨어 업그레이드를 통해 동일한 성능을 경험할 수 있을 것이라고 전달했다.

이번 MWC 전시에는 공개하지 않았지만 올해 나올 신규 프리미엄 모바일 모델에도 씽큐AI가 적용될 예정이라고 했다. 별도 프라이빗 부스에서 V30뒤를 이을 해당 신모델을 공개한 것으로 알려졌으며 출시 시기는 아직 확정되지 않았다.

이번 전시장 가장 큰 트렌드중 하나인 5G와 관련해서도 북미등 지역에서 빠르게 움직이고 있는 것으로 파악하고 있으며 LG전자 역시 폴더블 폰 기술개발과 더불어 내부에서 열심히 준비하고 있음을 내비쳤다.

지난해 다양한 시계모델을 전시한 것과 달리 LG전자의 이번 MWC 부스는 다음을 준비하는 것처럼 약간 축소된 분위기다. OLED 디스플레이 적용 제품은 V30S가 유일하며 대부분의 전시가 헤드셋 착용을 통한 Hi-Fi QUAD스테레오 시스템체험, 암실에서의 카메라Bright Mode체험등 V30S의 향상된 성능 하나하나를 강조하는 전시에서 그쳤다. 이밖에 이번 전시를 통해 보급형 모델인 K10(K10, K10+ – 5.3인치 HD)시리즈를 공개하였다.

Full screen OLED Smart phone, becomes a new trend in Smart phones.

As smartphone specs and designs have been leveled up, smartphone makers are pursuing differentiation through display. In particular, full screen OLED smartphones, which have the largest screen size in the limited smartphone size by applying OLED, are becoming a new trend in the smartphone market.

In the first half of 2017, Samsung Electronics introduced full-screen Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S + with OLED and home button removed. In the second half of 2017, full-screen OLED smartphones began to be launched in 2017, with Apple, LG Electronics, and Chinese smartphone set makers lining up to launch OLED-enabled full-screen smartphones. Thus, in 2017, full-screen OLED smartphones began to be launched in earnest.

<Major full-screen OLED smartphones released in 2017>

There are fifteen full screen smartphones with OLED applied in 2017, with two new products in 1Q, four new products in 3Q and nine new products in 4Q. Samsung Electronics, Apple, and LG Electronics released full-screen OLED smartphones in 3Q 2017, and Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei, Gionee and Vivo introduced full-screen OLED smartphones in 4Q 2017.

<Number of full-screen OLED smartphones released in 2017 by quarter>

In 2018, more full-screen OLED smartphones are expected to be released than in 2017. Three full-screen OLED smartphones were already launched in January 2018, including Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy A8, and at least two full-screen OLED smartphones are to be launched in February.

According to the ‘2017 Flexible OLED Annual Report’ published by UBI Research in December 2017, full-screen flexible OLED is expected to lead the flexible OLED market with an average market share of 79% by 2022. There is a growing interest in the spread of full-screen OLED smartphones, which has become a new trend for smartphones.

Full screen OLED 스마트폰, 스마트폰의 새로운 트렌드가 되다.

최근 스마트폰의 사양과 디자인이 상향 평준화 되면서 스마트폰 업체들은 디스플레이를 통한 차별화 전략을 펼치고 있다. 특히, OLED를 적용하여 제한 된 스마트폰 사이즈에서 최대로 큰 화면을 구현한 full screen OLED 스마트폰은 스마트폰 시장에서 새로운 트렌드로 자리잡고 있다.

2017년 상반기에 Samsung Electronics는 OLED를 적용하고 홈 버튼이 제거 된 full screen 형태의 Galaxy S8와 Galaxy S+를 출시하였다. 이 후 2017년 하반기 들어 Apple과 LG Electronics, 중국 스마트폰 세트 업체들이 줄지어 OLED가 적용 된 full screen 형태의 스마트폰을 출시하는 등, 2017년에 본격적으로 full screen OLED 스마트폰이 출시되기 시작하였다.

<2017년 출시 된 주요 full screen OLED 스마트폰>

2017년 OLED가 적용 된 full screen 스마트폰은 총 15종이며, 분기별로는 1분기에 2종, 3분기에 4종, 4분기에 9종이 출시되었다. 3분기까지 Samsung Electronics와 Apple, LG Electronics가 full screen OLED 스마트폰을 출시했다고 한다면, 4분기에는 Huawei와 Gionee, Vivo 등 중국 스마트폰 업체에서 주로 full screen OLED 스마트폰을 출시하였다.

<2017년 분기별 full screen OLED 스마트폰 출시수>

2018년에는 2017년보다 더욱 더 많은 full screen OLED가 출시 될 것으로 예상된다. 2018년 1월에는 Samsung Electronics의 Galaxy A8을 포함하여 3종의 full screen OLED 스마트폰이 출시 되었으며, 2월에도 최소 2종 이상의 full screen OLED 스마트폰이 출시 될 예정이다.

또한 유비리서치가 2017년 12월에 발간한 ‘2017 Flexible OLED Annual Report’에 따르면, full screen 형태의 flexible OLED는 2022년까지 평균 79%의 시장점유율로 flexible OLED 시장을 주도할 것으로 전망하는 등, 스마트폰의 새로운 트렌드가 된 full screen OLED 스마트폰의 확산세에 관심이 집중되고 있다.

LG전자, OLED TV 출하량 2020년 500만대 이상 확대

LG전자는 25일 진행된 2017년 4분기 경영실적 컨퍼런스 콜을 통해 ‘TV 시장의 성수기 수요와 프리미엄 TV 판매에 따라 HE(home entertainment) 사업본부의 매출이 전년동기 대비 10% 이상 증가하였다’고 밝혔다.

2018년 연간 전망에 대해서는 ‘환율 변동과 같은 외부환경 리스크는 여전히 존재하지만, 스포츠 이벤트로 글로벌 TV시장이 증가할 것이다’고 덧붙였다.

이에 따라 HE 사업본부는 프리미엄 TV 중심의 마케팅을 펼쳐 매출 성장을 이룸과 동시에 지속적인 원가 개선 활동으로 안정적인 수익 구조를 유지해 나갈 예정이다.

OLED TV 출하량이 500만대를 돌파하는 시점을 묻는 질문에 ‘2017년 OLED TV 출하량이 2016년 대비 2배 증가하였고, 2018년에도 비슷한 수준의 판매 증가를 예상하고 있다’며, ‘이러한 기조가 지속된다면 그 시점은 2020년이 될 것이다’고 말했다.

이어 출하량 보다 TV 시장에서 OLED TV가 프리미엄 위치를 확고히 갖으며, OLED TV 비중을 얼마나 확보할 것인지가 더 중요하다고 강조했다.

한편, MC(mobile Communication) 사업본부는 지난 4분기 OLED를 탑재한 프리미엄 스마트폰 LG V30를 출시함에 따라 매출액이 전분기 대비 9% 성장하여 3조 655억원을 달성하였음에도 메모리 등 스마트폰 주요 부품 단가 상승과 마케팅 비용 증가로 인해 2,132억원의 영업손실을 기록했다.

이러한 영업손실을 극복하기 위해 MC 사업본부는 제품의 완성도와 신뢰성을 높이는 전략을 펼쳐고객의 만족도를 높일 예정이다.

MC 사업본부는 ‘차기전략 모델은 경쟁사의 출시 시기를 쫓기보다 경쟁력을 확보한 후 충분한 준비가 됐다 판단했을 때, 상반기 이내로 공개할 것이다’ 밝혔다.

또한, 차기전략 모델에는 LG전자의 강점인 AI기능과 오디오, 카메라 기능 등을 강화할 것이라 덧붙였다. 차기전략 모델이 출시하기 전까지는 LG V30과 G6의 업그레이드 버전과 중저가 모델을 지속적으로 출시함과 동시에 LG전자만의 차별화된 플랫폼으로 원가절감을 하여 매출 손실을 최소화하겠다고 설명했다.

LG Electronics Will Expand OLED TV Shipments to More Than 5 Million Units by 2020

LG Electronics announced through its Q4 2017 earnings conference call, the sales of HE (Home Entertainment) Division increased by more than 10% compared to the same period of last year due to the demand for high-demand season of TV market and the sales of premium TV.

Regarding the 2018 forecast, “there are still external environmental risks such as exchange rate fluctuations, but the global TV market will increase with sporting events”, they added.

As a result, the HE Division will pursue sales growth through marketing centered on premium TVs while maintaining a stable profit structure through continuous cost-cutting activities.

They answered to the question when OLED TV shipments exceed 5 million units, “OLED TV shipments in 2017 were doubled compared to 2016 and the sales are expected to rise at a similar level in 2018”. And, “if this trend continues, that point will be 2020″, they said.

They also emphasized that it is more important for OLED TVs to have a premium position in the TV market rather than shipments, and how much they will secure OLED TVs.

On the other hand, the sales of MC(mobile communication) Division increased 9% QoQ to KRW3.655 trillion thanks to the release of LG V30, a premium smartphone equipped with OLED, in the fourth quarter of last year. However, the division posted an operating loss of KRW213.2 billion due to increased costs of smartphone major parts such as memory and marketing expenses.

In order to overcome these operating losses, MC Division plans to increase customer satisfaction by implementing the strategies that enhance product completeness and reliability.

The MC Division said, “We will release the next strategy model within the first half of the year when it is deemed to be ready enough after securing its competitiveness rather than pursuing the timing of competitors.”

In addition, the next strategic model will strengthen AI ​​function, audio and camera functions, which are the strengths of LG Electronics. Until the next strategic model is launched, we will continue to release upgraded and mid-priced models of LG V30 and G6. At the same time, we will minimize sales losses by reducing costs with our unique platform.

[CES 2018] OLED TV in 17 Types to be Displayed Compared to 2017, and OLED Manufacturers to be Expanded Further

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

The number of OLED TVs exhibited at CES 2018 increased to 31, which was a significant increase of 17 from CES 2017. The number of OLED TV companies that exhibited at CES 2018 were 7 including LG Electronics, Sony, Panasonic and Skyworth.

At CES 2018, OLED TVs were exhibited with 6 for 55-inch, 19 for 65-inch, and 6 for 77-inch. 65-inch OLED TVs were most on display, and it was noticeable that many companies were focusing on 65-inch OLED TV products. 77-inch OLED TVs in 6 types same as 55-inch were exhibited so that it was found to be included in the main lineup.

In addition, the display resolution of all OLED TVs was UHD because UHD products were mainly displayed according to consumers’ demand for high-definition TV. OLED TVs with FHD resolution had been exhibited until 2015, and only OLED TVs with UHD resolution have been on display since 2016.

Meanwhile, LG Display’s Vice Chairman Han Sang-beom said, “We will raise the sales portion of OLEDs to 40% of total sales by 2020” in a press conference on 8th local time, which implied that OLED TV market will be more expanded.

In addition, Vice Chairman Han Sang-beom said that two major Chinese companies will join the OLED market. As a result, the number of OLED manufacturers will grow from 13 to 15, including LG Electronics, Sony and Panasonic so that the OLED companies are expected to be expanded further.

OLED TV, which is currently leading the premium TV market, is expected to see a bigger rise.

[CES 2018] 2017년 대비 전시 된 OLED TV 17종 증가, OLED 진영 더욱 더 확대 기대

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

CES 2018에서 전시 된 OLED TVCES 2017년 대비 17종이 늘어난 31종이 전시되며 제품수가 대폭 확대되었다. OLED TV를 전시한 업체는 LG ElectronicsSony, Panasonic, Skyworth 등 총 7개 업체다.

CES 2018에서 OLED TV55 inch6, 65 inch19, 77 inch6종이 전시 되었다. 65 inch OLED TV가 가장 많이 전시되며 다수의 업체들이 65 inch OLED TV 제품을 주력으로 하고 있다는 것을 확인 할 수 있었으며, 77 inch OLED TV55 inch와 같은 6종이 출시되며 주요 라인업에 포함되고 있음을 알 수 있었다.

또한, 전시 된 OLED TV의 해상도는 모두 UHD로써 소비자들의 고화질 TV 요구에 따라 UHD 제품 위주로 전시된 것으로 파악된다. FHD 해상도의 OLED TV2015년까지 전시되었으며 2016년부터 UHD 해상도의 OLED TV만 전시되었다.

한편, 앞서 LG Display의 한상범 부회장은 현지시간으로 8일에 가진 기자간담회에서 “2020년까지 전체 매출에서 OLED가 차지하는 매출 비중을 최대 40%로 끌어올리겠다고 밝히며 OLED TV 시장이 더욱 더 확대 될 것임을 암시하였다.

또한, 한상범 부회장은 중국 주요업체 2 곳이 OLED 진영에 합류할 예정이라고 언급했다. 이로써 OLED 진영으로는 LG ElectronicSony, Panasonic 등 기존 13개 업체에서 15개 업체로 늘어나 OLED 진영이 더욱 더 확대 될 예정이다.

현재 Premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있는 OLED TV의 더욱 더 큰 상승세가 기대된다.

 

[CES 2018] 이제는 Connected의 시대

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

2018 CES 수많은 전시들 중 가장 많은 업체들의 테마는 “연결”이다. 앞으로는 집안과 밖의 TV와 세탁기, 냉장고, 자동차 등 수많은 가전제품들과 전자제품들이 사람들과 연결되고 인공지능으로 동작한다.

LG Electronics와 Samsung Electronics 등 많은 세트업체들은 올해 CES를 통해 전자제품의 단독기능을 넘어서 연결과 융합을 통해 사용자와 연결되어 있고 전자제품의 사용이 곧 사용자의 “Life Style”임을 강조하는 전시들을 선보였다. 새롭게 선보이는 LG Electronics의 ThinQ, 브랜드에서부터, Samsung Electronics의 커넥티드 시티와 폰과 가전제품의 연결을 통한 라이프 스타일의 제시, Intel의 AI가 적용된 다양한 어플리케이션, 그리고 자율주행 자동차에까지 “연결”과 “확장”을 통해 새로운 시대의 커뮤니케이션방법을 보여준다.

<LG Electonics의 ThinQ>

이러한 전자제품들의 “Connected”를 더욱 용이하게 하고 가능하게 하기 위해서 디스플레이는 변화한다. 과거 디스플레이가 단순히 영상을 내보내는 기능을 위주로 인식되었다면, 이제는 “Communication”의 도구로서의 역할을 한다. 디스플레이를 통해 사용자를 인식하고 단순 정보의 출력에서 AI를 통한 정보의 선택과 올바른 정보의 인식까지 확장되어 디스플레이가 없는 “Connected”는 불완전한 모습이다.

OLED는 flexibility를 통한 제품 디자인 적용의 자유로움과 색상표현의 우수성으로 TV와 모바일 뿐만 아니라 자동차를 포함한 다양한 전자제품에 적용되어 향후 5G와 인공지능(AI)의 확장에 유리하게 적용될 것으로 기대된다.

<Intel의 AI>

<Samsung Electronics의 connected city>

[CES 2018] This is the era of “Connected”

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

“Connected” is the theme of largest number of exhibitors participating in 2018 CES. In the future, home appliances and electronic goods such as TV, washing machine, refrigerator, and automobiles will be connected to people and operated with artificial intelligence (AI).

CES 2018 is a chance for many set-makers, including LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, to highlight both that electronic goods are connected with users as it is connected and converged going beyond single primary function and using electronic good equals to the user’s “life style”. “Connect” and “Expansion” is a way for many companies to show how they communicate with the upcoming new era: LG electronics launches new brand of Thin Q, Samsung Electronics suggests connected city phone and life style through connection of phones with consumer electronics, and Intel displays AI-applied applications, and autonomous cars.

<“ThinQ” of LG Electonics >

Now, display is changing in order to facilitate and enable the “Connectedness” of these electronic devices. If display was simply recognized as image projection in the past, now it becomes a tool of “Communications”. “Connected” without display seems incomplete as it recognizes the user through display and extend from information output to information selection and recognition of correct information.

OLED is expected to apply to 5G and AI favorably as it is applied to diverse electronic products including TV, mobile devices and automobiles thanks to flexibility of product design and superior color presentation.

<’AI’ of Intel>

< ‘connected city’ of Samsung Electronics>

[CES 2018] OLED TV exhibition from major set manufacturers

On 8 January 2018, the largest electronic show is held at Enclave Convention Center in Las Vegas, United States.

Major electronic companies such as LG Electronics, Sony, Vestel, Changhong, Skyworth presented OLED TV as main exhibition. In particular, Samsung Electronics’ “Micro LED” exhibition received a great deal of attention.  Samsung Electronics unveiled the world’s first “micro LED” technology-applied 146-inch modular TV, “The Wall.” People came to see the product and it was heated up in a hot issue. Samsung Electronics emphasized that this product is a future screen that is unlimited in image quality, size and form. Through the implementation of the local dimming 3000, “The Wall”, which was unveiled at the exhibition show is developed by brightness, contrast ratio, color reproduction and black display compared to the existing display.

<‘Micro LED TV ‘The Wall’ of Samsung Electronics’>

Especially, the existing “Mini LED” products were exhibited along with “The Wall” for comparison of exhibition. And the excellence of “Micro LED” was outstanding. “Mini LED” products was little far from the large display as pixels and the lines of each module were shown on the screen.

LG Electronics, Sony, Changhong and other companies presented 65-inch and 77-inch OLED TV display products including Sound Acoustic OLED TV products. In particular, Konka reflected the trend that TV is a part of furniture, not just electronic products and it consists of a set design that took advantages of Chinese traditional atmosphere.

In addition, many set manufacturers have demonstrated the advantages of OLED TV, which is the lightest and thinnest through “Wall Paper TV” and “Slim” concepts.

<A8F Bravia OLED TV of Sony>

 

<OLED TV of Kongka>

 

‘TCL’, which occupies a side of QLED TV showed more advanced QLED TV in image quality and color reproduction range. According to the person in charge of TCL, QD dominated the portion of the current market therefore, many manufacturers are producing Quantum dot LCD, and also considering OLED TV launches. The person in charge emphasized that they are building factories in China that produce only OLED.

LG Electronics is a leading OLED TV company and showed OLED which is being developed continuously through making tunnels of OLED TV. They revealed that LG Electronics is the world’s first OLED TV set manufacturer. People look forward to seeing OLED growth in the future through CES the first electronic exhibition show in 2018.

[CES 2018] 주요 set 업체들의 OLED TV 전시

2018년 1월 8일부터 미국 라스베거스 엔클레이브 컨벤션 센터(Enclave Convention Centre)에서 최대 전자쇼인 CES가 열렸다.

LG Electronics와 Sony를 중심으로 Vestel, Changhong, Skyworth 등 주요 전자회사에서 OLED TV를 메인 전시품 중 하나로 내세운 가운데 Samsung Electronics의 ‘마이크로 LED” 전시에 대한 관심 또한 뜨거웠다. Samsung Electronics는 세계 최초로 “마이크로 LED” 기술을 적용한 146인치 모듈러 TV “더 월(The Wall)”을 공개, 제품을 보기 위한 인파로 제품 앞 열기가 어느때 보다 뜨거웠다. Samsung Electronics는 이에 대해 궁극의 화질, 크기, 형태에 제약없는 미래 스크린임을 강조했다. 이번 전시 공개한 “더 월”은 로컬 디밍 3000 구현을 통해 기존 디스플레이 대비 밝기, 명암비, 색재현력, 블랙 표현등을 개선하였다.

<Samsung Electronics의 마이크로 LED TV ‘The Wall’>

특히 이번 “더 월”과 함께 기존의 “미니 LED”제품을 비교전시하여 “마이크로 LED”의 우수성을 강조하였다. “미니 LED” 제품은 화면상에 픽셀들이 보이며 각 모듈들의 라인도 보여 큰 디스플레이라는 느낌이 부족하였다.

LG Electronics와 Sony, Changhong 등은 Sound Acoustic OLED TV 제품을 중심으로 65인치와 77인치 OLED TV 전시제품들을 선보였다. 특히 Konka는 중국 전통적인 느낌을 살린 세트 디자인으로 TV가 단순한 전자제품이 아닌 가구의 일부라는 트렌드를 반영하였다. 이와 더불어 많은 세트 업체에서 “Wall Paper TV”와 “Slim” 컨셉을 통해 가장 가볍고 얇을 수 있는 OLED TV의 장점을 드러내었다.

<Sony의 A8F Bravia OLED TV>

<Kongka의 OLED TV>

QLED TV의 한 진영을 차지하는 TCL은 이전 전시회들 보다 화질, 색재현율 등에서 보다 발전된 수준의 QLED TV를 선보였다. TCL의 관계자에 따르면 현재는 시장 상황이 QD가 우세하여 Quantum dot LCD를 제작, 사용하고 있지만 향후 OLED TV 출시 또한 고려하고 있으며 중국에 OLED만을 생산하는 공장을 짓고 있음을 강조하였다.

LG Electronics는 OLED TV 선두 업체로 OLED TV 수십개를 이어 터널을 만들어 세계 최초 OLED TV 세트업체임을 드러내는 전시를 통해 지속적으로 발전하는 OLED를 보여주었다

2018을 여는 첫 전자쇼 CES를 통해 앞으로 더욱 성장할 OLED를 기대해 본다.

CES 2018: Expected to Showcase Low to Mid-End Smartphones

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are going to unveil low to mid-end smartphones at CES 2018 instead of their mainstream smartphones.

Samsung Electronics will showcase 5.6-inch Galaxy A8 and 6-inch Galaxy A8 Plus at CES 2018. The Galaxy A8(2018) series are expected to adopt a 18: 9 ratio full screen OLED similar to Galaxy S8 design with almost zero bezel.

<Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy A8, Source: news.samsung.com>

LG Electronics is going to introduce four K series, K3, K4, K8, and K10. Among them, K10 has a 5.3 inch FHD LCD and it is changed to X series in Korea and is expected to be released at the end of January.

Meanwhile, there is an opinion that Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics’ plan to release low to mid-end smartphones is a bulwark against Huawei which announced the entry into the North American smartphone market.

Huawei has recently partnered with AT&T to sell the Mate 10 series in the US from February 2018. Mate 10 has a 5.9 inch IPS LCD, and Mate 10 PRO has a 6-inch OLED. Huawei announced that it will aggressively advance into the North American market to become the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, outpacing Apple this year.

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics intend to strengthen their low to mid-end smartphone specifications up to the premium level as well as their flagship smartphones to dominate the smartphone market until new mainstream smartphones are launched and to check other companies including Huawei.

Meanwhile, more details such as the price and mobile provider of Huawei Mate 10 series to be released in North America will be disclosed at the CES 2018 exhibition.

<Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, Source: GSMArena.com>

CES 2018, 중저가 스마트폰 맞대결 전초전 될 것

By Hana Oh (hanaoh@ubiresearch.com)

Samsung Electronics와 LG Electronics가 CES 2018에서 주력 스마트폰이 아닌 중저가 스마트폰을 공개 할 것으로 알려졌다.

Samsung Electronics는 CES 2018에서 5.6 inch의 Galaxy A8과 6 inch의 Galaxy A8 Plus를 선보인다. Galaxy A8(2018) series는 베젤이 거의 없는 Galaxy S8 디자인과 유사한 18 대 9 비율의 full screen OLED를 적용할 것으로 알려졌다.

<Samsung Electronics의 Galaxy A8, Source: news.samsung.com>

LG Electronics는 K3와 K4, K8, K10 등 총 4종의 K series를 선보인다. 이 중 K10은 5.3 inch FHD LCD가 적용 되었으며 국내에서는 X series로 변경되어 1월 말에 출시 예정인 것으로 알려졌다.

한편, Samsung Electronics와 LG Electronics의 이번 중저가 스마트폰 공개가 북미 스마트폰 시장 진출을 선언한 Huawei를 견제하기 위함이라는 시선도 있다.

Huawei는 최근 AT&T와 제휴하여 Mate 10 series를 2018년 2월부터 미국에서 판매할 예정인 것으로 알려졌다. Mate 10은 5.9 inch IPS LCD가 탑재 된 제품이며 Mate 10 PRO는 6 inch OLED가 탑재 된 제품이다. Huawei는 올해 Apple을 제치고 전세계 2위 스마트폰 제조사로 부상하기 위해 북미 시장에 적극적으로 진출하겠다고 선언한 바 있다.

Samsung Electronics와 LG Electronics는 주력 스마트폰 외에 중저가 스마트폰 사양도 프리미엄급으로 강화하여, 주력 스마트폰 신제품이 출시되기 전까지 스마트폰 시장을 주도하고 Huawei를 포함한 타 업체들을 견제하기 위함으로 보인다.

한편, 북미에서 출시 될 Huawei Mate 10 series의 가격과 통신사 등 자세한 내용은 CES 2018 전시회에서 공개 될 전망이다.

<Huawei의 Mate 10 Pro, Source: GSMArena.com>

LG V30 + launched in Japan and India

According to ITmeadia of Japan, NTT docomo said that LG Electronics’ smartphone ‘V30 + L-01K’ and ‘JOJO L-02K’ started to be sold in advance as from 12:00 on December 20th at DoCoMo store and web site. The full-fledged release of V30 + L-01K will be at the end of January 2018, and that of JOJO L-02K is scheduled in March 2018.

<JOJO L-02K, Source: nttdocomo.co.jp>

V30 + L-01K is equipped with 6-inch QHD OLED, 16.5 and 13.1 megapixel dual cameras, and a wide-angle camera for panorama.

JOJO L-02K is a product celebrating the 30th anniversary of the JoJo’s odd adventure series- Japanese animation. The special edition of JOJO L-02K is limited to 10,000 and the price is 125,712 JPY. It is known that it is also equipped with AR camera mode to make an effect of being with a character.

V30 + has been also available in India since December 18th. Its price is RS. 44,900 (760,000KRW); aurora black and cloud silver will be released first, and other colors will be added later. It features one free display replacement and can be purchased only through amazon.in.

LG V30+ 일본과 인도에서도 판매 시작

일본의 ITmeadia에 따르면 NTT docomo는 LG Electronics의 스마트폰인 ‘V30 + L-01K’와 ‘JOJO L-02K’의 사전예약을 12월 20일 12시부터 도코모 판매점과 web site에서 시작했다고 밝혔다. V30 + L-01K의 발매 시기는 2018년 1월 말이며 JOJO L-02K의 발매 시기는 2018년 3월 예정이다.

<JOJO L-02K, Source: nttdocomo.co.jp>

V30 + L-01K는 6 inch QHD OLED가 적용되었으며 1,650만 화소와 1,310만 화소의 듀얼 카메라가 탑재되고 또 하나의 광각 카메라를 사용하여 넓은 사진을 촬영할 수 있다.

JOJO L-02K는 일본의 애니메이션인 ‘죠죠의 기묘한 모험’ 연재 30주년을 기념으로 한 제품으로써 1만 대 한정인 것으로 알려졌으며, 가격은 엔화로 세금 포함 12만 5712엔이다. 또한, AR 촬영 모드를 탑재하여 캐릭터와 함께 있는 듯한 효과도 가능한 것으로 알려졌다.

한편 V30+는 인도에서도 지난 12월 18일에 출시되었다. 가격은 RS. 44,900(한화 약 76만원)이며 aurora black과 cloud silver 색이 먼저 출시 되고 다른 색은 추후에 추가가 될 것으로 알려졌다. 1회 무료로 디스플레이 교체가 가능한 것이 특징이며 amazon.in을 통해서만 구매할 수 있다.

Flexible OLED Leading the OLED Panel Market from 2019

■ Flexible OLED is expected to ship 480 million units in 2019, surpassing Rigid OLED shipments.

■ Full-screen OLED among Flexible OLED is expected to have an average market share of 78.3% by 2022, dominating the market.

■ Foldable OLED is expected to ship in earnest from 2019.

Flexible OLED shipments are expected to exceed rigid OLED shipments in 2019. According to the ‘2017 Flexible OLED Annual Report’ published by Ubi Research, flexible OLEDs are expected to ship 480 million units in 2019, surpassing 409 million units of rigid OLED shipments. In addition, flexible OLED shipments will grow at a CAGR of 41% starting in 2018, reaching 1,285 million units in 2022 with forecasted revenue of US$ 59.4 billion.

<OLED Market Share Forecast by Substrate in 2018 ~ 2022>

Recently, as the hardware technology of mobile devices has been leveled up, set makers targeting the premium market are trying to differentiate their products by adopting OLED. Especially, set makers are beginning to introduce flexible OLED capable of full screen, as the needs of consumers who want a wider screen in mobile devices (even in the same sizes) on the increase.

 

Accordingly, panel makers are continuing to invest in flexible OLED mass production. Since Chinese panel makers such as BOE, CSOT and Visionox are expected to start mass production of Gen6 flexible OLED starting in 2018, flexible OLED shipments will likely grow at an average growth rate of 59% per annum, reaching 354 million units by 2022.

 

This report compares the structure and process of rigid OLED and flexible OLED, and analyzes the trends of technology development for foldable OLED implementation by layer. It also compares the flexible OLED application technology of Samsung Electronics, Apple, and LG Electronics which released mobile devices with full screen OLED. The report also forecasts the flexible OLED market from 2018 to 2022 by categorizing into various perspectives including flexible type, country and generation.

 

According to the report, full screen OLEDs of flexible OLEDs will ship 265 million units in 2018 with a market share of 82.1%, and 1,022 million shipments will be made in 2022, accounting for 79.5% of the market, leading the flexible OLED market. In addition, the foldable OLED, which has been receiving a great deal of attention recently, is expected to ship 5 million units from 2019 and 53 million units by 2022.

<Foldable OLED Shipment Forecast in 2018~ 2022>

Flexible OLED 2019년을 기점으로 OLED Panel 시장 주도

Flexible OLED 출하량이 2019년에는 rigid OLED의 출하량을 넘어설 것으로 전망됐다. 유비리서치가 발간한 ‘2017 Flexible OLED Annual Report’에 따르면, flexible OLED는 2019년에는 4억 8,000만개가 출하되어 4억 900만개의 rigid OLED 출하량을 넘어설 것으로 전망했다. 또한, Flexible OLED 출하량은 2018년부터 연평균 41% 성장하여 2022년에는 12억 8,500만개 규모를 형성하고 매출액은 594억 달러를 기록할 것으로 예상했다.

<2018~2022년 OLED 기판별 시장 점유율 전망, 출처: 유비리서치>

최근 Mobile 기기의 하드웨어 기술이 상향 평준화 되면서 premium 시장을 목표로 하는 set 업체들은 OLED를 채용하며 제품 차별화를 시도하고 있다. 특히, 같은 size의 mobile 기기에서도 더 넓은 화면을 원하는 소비자들의 니즈가 증가함에 따라 set 업체들은 full screen이 가능한 flexible OLED를 도입하기 시작하였다.

이에 따라 panel 업체들도 flexible OLED 양산을 위한 투자를 지속적으로 진행하고 있다. 특히, 2018년부터 BOE와 CSOT, Visionox 등 중국 panel 업체의 Gen6 flexible OLED 양산 투자가 본격적으로 시작될 것으로 예상됨에 따라, 중국의 flexible OLED 출하량은 연평균 59% 성장해 2022년에는 3억 5,400만개에 달할 것으로 전망됐다.

본 보고서에서는 rigid OLED와 flexible OLED의 구조와 공정을 비교하고 foldable OLED 구현을 위한 기술개발 동향을 layer별로 분석하였다. 또한, full screen OLED가 적용 된 mobile 기기를 출시한 Samsung Electronics와 Apple, LG Electronics의 flexible OLED 적용 기술을 비교하였으며 2018년부터 2022년까지의 flexible OLED 시장을 flexible type과 국가별, 세대별 등 다양한 관점에서 분류하여 전망하였다.

본 보고서에 따르면, flexible OLED 중 full screen OLED는 2018년 2억 6,500만개가 출하되어 82.1%의 시장 점유율을 차지하고 2022년에는 10억 2,200만개가 출하되어 79.5%의 점유율을 차지하며 flexible OLED 시장을 주도할 것으로 전망하였다. 또한, 최근 큰 주목을 받고 있는 foldable OLED는 2019년부터 500만개가 출하되고 2022년에는 5,300만개가 출하될 것으로 예상하였다.

<2018~2022년 Foldable OLED 출하량 전망, 출처: 유비리서치>

 

LG와 Sony의 실적 이끈 OLED TV

지난 7일 서울 코엑스에서 개최 된 ‘OLED/디스플레이 결산세미나’에서 소현철 이사는 OLED TV가 LG Electronics의 2017년 3분기 영업이익률 9.9%를 견인하였다고 언급하였다. 특히 OLED TV가 3,000불 이하로 진입해 수요가 급증했다고 설명하며 현재 OLED TV를 양산하고 있는 Sony와 LG전자가 앞으로도 premium TV 시장을 주도할 것으로 전망하였다.

특히 소 이사는 Sony가 12년 만에 premium TV 시장에서 1위를 기록하였다고 언급하며 Sony의주가가 2013년 대비 445% 상승한 원동력 중 하나로 OLED TV였다고 설명하였다. 소 이사는 “Sony는 55 inch와 65 inch TV에 집중하며 수익 구조를 개선하기 시작하였다”라며 “2017년에는 OLED TV를 런칭하며 안정적인 TV 사업 구조를 구축했다”고 평가하였다.

또한 소 이사는 LG Display의 10세대 OLED 라인 투자가 예상보다 빨라질 것으로 전망하였다. 소이사는 내년에 개최되는 평창 동계올림픽과 러시아 월드컵으로 인해 대형 OLED TV 니즈 또한 증가할 것이며 특히 Sony도 이를 원할 것으로 예상되기 때문에 OLED 라인 투자가 가속화 될 것으로 전망하였다.

이어서 소 이사는 OLED TV panel의 수율 향상으로 원가절감이 가속화 될 것으로 언급하며 “55 inch LCD 패널 생산원가는 232달러에 수율도 충분하여 원가 개선이 어렵지만, 55 inch OLED 생산원가는 현재 545달러에 수율 향상으로 378달러까지 낮아질 가능성이 있어 가격 경쟁력이 더욱 더 상승할 것”이라 전망하였다.

마지막으로 2018년 LG Display의 E4-2라인 풀 가동으로 OLED TV 패널 판매량이 290만대에 달할 것으로 예상하며, 패널 사업이 흑자 전환하고 2019년에는 OLED TV 사업의 영업이익률이 17.3%에 달할 것으로 전망하였다.

<LG Display의 OLED TV 전략, Source: Shinhaninvest>

OLED TVs which are driving forces of both LG Electronics and Sony′ performance

The director, So, Hyun-cheol, mentioned during the ′Closing seminar of OLED/Display′ held at COEX in Seoul on December, 7th about that OLED TV has made 9.9% of operating profits for LG Electronics in Q3, 2017. He forecasted there, Sony and LG Electronics who are producing OLED TV now will lead the premium TV market in the future also, in particular, while explaining about that the demands have highly increased as OLED TV entered into under $3,000.

The director, especially, explained that Sony took No.1 player in the premium TV market in 12 years, moreover, one of the driving forces for stock price rise of them at 445% in 2013 was OLED TV. He evaluated them such followings that “Sony has starting to improve the structure of operating profit by focusing on 55-inch and 65-inch TV, and “They built the TV business structure in stable through launching OLED TV in 2017”.

He also expected that the investment for 10th generation OLED producing line of LG Electronics will be moved sooner than expected. He also forecasted that demands on large-sized OLED TVs will rise due to the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeong-chang and World Cup in Russia next year, especially, its investment of OLED line will be accelerated, because Sony would also want it.

Subsequently, while the director mentioned that the cost savings will be accelerated by improvement of yield of OLED TV panel, he said, “Although, 55-inch LCD panel is difficult to improve the production cost more since it is already reached to enough yield as 232$, but, the price competitiveness in the 55-inch OLED production cost will be intensified more, because, there is still able to reduce it from current 545$ up to 378$ by the yield improvement”.

Lastly, Mr. So, expected that the sales volume of OLED TV panel will reach to 2.9 million units in 2018 by operating E4-2 line of LG Display in full. The panel business will be turned into profit-making, and operating profits of OLED TV business shall meet 17.3% in 2019.

The strategy of LG Display’s OLED TV, Source: Shinhaninvest

The number of OLED TV products in 2017 has doubled compared to last year

OLED TV models launched in 2017 have been highly increased rather than both 2015 and 2016. 16 types of OLED TVs were launched in 2016, while 29 kinds of OLED TVs were launched which covers that the number of products has nearly doubled from last year. By company, LG Electronics released total 10 types of products which are the greater number of products launched than competitors, and followed by Loewe with 5 types of products.

<Comparison of No. of OLED TVs by each year>

Meanwhile, OLED TV market led by LG Electronics, was taken attentions of publics when Sony decided to launch OLED TV first in the early of 2017. Sony which launched OLED TV first in CES 2017 to catch public’s eyes with “Acoustic Surface” technology that can make sounds without speakers, is leading the premium market with LG Electronics by producing 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch OLED TVs.

The number of OLED TV products are expected to increase in 2018 more and more. According to Flat Panels HD, Philips which launched only one model with 55-inch OLED in the early of this year, decided for releasing the 6 kinds of OLED TV such as 65OLED973, 65OLED903, 65OLED873, 65OLED803, 55OLED903, 55OLED803 and so forth. It is analyzed that the strategy is to aim at diverse consumers which divides OLED TV leading the premium TV market into high-priced line with 9xx model and low-priced line with 8xx model.

The shipment in 2018 is also expected to grow. In accordance with UBI Research, it expects that OLED panel with 55-inch and more will shipped over 2.4 million units in 2018, 9.1 million units in 2022. There is much attentions how OLED TV leading premium TV market will harden its positions all the more in 2018.

<Shipment forecasting of OLED panel in 55-inch and more in 2018-2022>

2017년 OLED TV 제품 수 작년 대비 약 2배 증가

2015년과 2016년 대비 2017년에 출시 된 OLED TV 모델이 크게 증가 된 것으로 나타났다. 2016년에는 16종의 OLED TV가 출시 된 반면 2017년에는 29종의 OLED TV가 출시되어 전년도 대비 제품 수가 약 2배 가까이 증가한 것으로 나타났다. 회사별로는 LG Electronics가 총 10종을 선보이며 가장 많은 제품을 출시했으며, Loewe가 5종으로 그 다음을 차지했다.

<연도별 OLED TV 제품 수 비교>

그동안 LG Electronics가 주도한 OLED TV 시장은 2017년 초 Sony가 최초로 OLED TV를 출시하기로 결정하며 큰 주목을 받았다. CES 2017에서 최초로 OLED TV를 출시하며 스피커 없이 소리를 내는 ‘Acoustic Surface’ 기술로 큰 이목을 끌었던 Sony는 55 inch와 65 inch, 75 inch OLED TV를 생산하며 LG Electronics와 함께 premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있다.

2018년에는 OLED TV 제품 수가 더욱 더 증가 할 것으로 예상 된다. FlatPanelsHD에 따르면, 2017년 초 55 inch OLED TV 한 개 모델만을 출시했던 Philips가 65OLED973와 65OLED903, 65OLED873, 65OLED803, 55OLED903, 55OLED803 등 6개의 OLED TV를 2018년 초에 출시하기로 결정했다. Premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있는 OLED TV를 고가형인 9xx 모델과 저가형인 8xx 모델로 나누어 다양한 소비자를 공략한다는 전략으로 풀이된다.

2018년 OLED TV 출하량도 증가 할 것으로 예상된다. UBI Research에 따르면, 2018년 55 inch 이상의 OLED panel은 240만대가 출하 될 것으로 예상하였으며 2022년에는 910만대가 출하 될 것으로 전망했다. Premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있는 OLED TV가 2018년에는 그 입지를 더욱 더 확고히 할 지 귀추가 주목된다.

<2018~2022년 55 inch 이상 OLED panel 출하량 전망>

Price competition intensifies in the premium TV market- OLED TV price close to premium LCD TV

In the premium TV market, price competition is on the rise. The basic premium TV models (55 inch, 65inch, flat type) such as QN55Q7F and QN65Q7F (Samsung Elec.), OLED55C7, OLED65C7 (LG Elec.), XBR55A1E and XBR65A1E (Sony), launched in Amazon (www.amazon.com) in March 2017, are compared to one another).

<Comparison of 55 inch and 65 inch premium TV price>

As a result, the average price of 55 inch models of those three manufacturers dropped by 54.8% from March to October; especially Samsung Elec.’s QN55Q7F showed the highest drop from $ 2,798 in March to $ 1,598 in October. The 65 inch model showed a similar phenomenon. 65 inch dropped 60.0% on average from March to October while Samsung Elec.’s QN65Q7F showing the most dramatic decline from $ 3,998 in March to $ 2,498 in October.

 

Notably the price difference between 55 inch LG OLED TV and Samsung SUHD TV, both of which were released in 2016, was about $ 1,000 as of Dec 2016, and for 65 inch models, 1,500$ while those released 2017 showed a significantly narrowed price difference as of October 2017-55 inch 200$, 65 inch 300$.

 

The reason why OLED TV prices are catching up with the premium LCD TV prices is significantly due to stabilization of LG Display production yield. In particular, if the E4-2 line of LG Display, which has started operating since the second half of this year, is fully in operation from 2018, LG Display’s large OLED panel production is expected to increase by 41% to 2.4M units from about 1.7M units in 2017; the OLED TV will accelerate market expansion.

OLED TV, leading the premium TV market, LG Electronics HE division created the largest operating profit

On the 26th, LG Electronics announced its 2017 Q3 performance through conference call. LG Electronics recorded consolidated sales of KRW 15.2241 trillion in 3Q and operating profit of KRW 516.1 billion. Sales and operating profit grew by 15.1% and 82.2% YoY respectively. Sales are the highest in 3Qs ever.

In particular, sales of premium TV increased, and HE division posted record-high quarterly results with operating profit (KRW 458.0 billion) and operating margin (9.9%). In addition, operating profit (KRW 882.9 billion) and operating margin (9.2%) are the highest in the household appliances business including household appliances and TVs.

LG Electronics announced that its HE division posted sales of KRW 4.6376 trillion and operating profit of KRW458 billion, and sales of premium TVs such as OLED TVs and UltraHD TVs increased steadily, with 12.0% YoY growth. It is known that the operating profit and operating margin (9.9%) reached a record high on a quarterly basis due to improved profit structure by expanding sales of premium products.

LG Electronics said on Oct 11 that monthly sales of OLED TV have exceeded 10,000 units for the first time in Korea and that it is speeding up its popularization. LG OLED TV has been recognized for its image quality by being awarded the top spot in the performance evaluation conducted by non-profit consumer magazines in 11 countries including the US and UK this year and the price of the 55-inch OLED TV has dropped to the mid-2 million level, and It is regarded as the cause of goodness of its sales.

LG OLED TV accounted for about 30% of domestic TV sales of LG Electronics, and it is known to have completely settled in the market. LG Electronics official announced plans for the future, ” HE division plans to continue sales growth and stable profit structure focusing on premium products such as OLED TV and UltraHD TV.”

Premium TV 시장 주도하는 OLED TV, LG Electronics HE부분 최대 영업이익 이끌어

지난 26일 LG Electronics는 컨퍼런스콜을 통해 2017년 3분기 실적을 발표하였다. LG Electronics의 3분기 연결기준 매출액 15조 2,241억 원, 영업이익 5,161억 원을 기록했다. 매출액과 영업이익은 전년동기 대비 각각 15.1%, 82.2% 증가했다. 매출액은 역대 3분기 가운데 가장 많다.

특히 premium TV 판매가 늘면서 HE사업본부는 영업이익(4,580억 원)과 영업이익률(9.9%)에서 역대 분기 실적으로는 사상 최고치를 기록했다. 또한 생활가전, TV 등을 아우르는 전체 가전 사업 또한 역대 3분기 기준으로는 영업이익(8,829억 원)과 영업이익률(9.2%)이 가장 높다

LG Electronics는 HE사업본부의 매출액은 4조 6,376억 원, 영업이익은 4,580억 원으로서 매출액은 OLED TV와 UltraHD TV 등 premium TV 판매가 꾸준히 늘며 전년동기 대비 12.0% 증가했다고 밝혔다. 프리미엄 제품 판매 확대를 통한 수익구조 개선으로 영업이익과 영업이익률(9.9%)은 분기 기준 사상 최고치를 기록한 것으로 알려졌다.

LG Electronic는 지난 10월 11일 OLED TV가 국내에서 월 판매량 1만 대를 처음으로 넘어서며 대중화 속도를 높이고 있다고 언급한 바 있다. LG OLED TV는 올해 미국과 영국을 포함한 11개 국가의 비영리 소비자 매거진이 실시한 성능 평가에서 1위를 싹쓸이 할 만큼 화질을 인정받고 있으며 55형 OLED TV의 가격이 200만원 중반까지 낮아진 만큼 합리적인 가격도 판매 호조의 원인으로 손꼽히고 있다.

LG OLED TV는 LG Electronics 국내 TV 매출의 약 30%를 차지하며 시장에 완벽히 정착한 것으로 알려졌다. LG Electronics 관계자는 “HE사업본부는 OLED TV, UltraHD TV 등 프리미엄 제품을 중심으로 매출 성장과 안정적인 수익구조를 이어갈 계획”이라고 향후 계획을 밝혔다.

OLED TV with different characteristics and advantages by set makers

LG Electronics announced on last 11th that LG OLED TV is speeding up the popularization with the monthly sales volume of 10,000 units and above for the first time in Korea. In addition, Sony, which joins the OLED TV camp in 2017, is enjoying great popularity and continues to expand its market share in the premium TV market. As such, OLED TV is leading the premium TV market by improving cost competitiveness through cost reduction as well as excellent image quality.

OLED TVs are currently being mass-produced by LG Electronics, Sony, Toshiba and Panasonic. Although all set makers that produce OLED TVs use OLED of LG Display, they are producing OLED TVs with different characteristics and advantages.

First, LG Electronics mentioned OLED’s vivid image quality and wall paper design as advantages of OLED W7 which is a signature TV. LG Electronics mentioned that OLED, which is a self-luminous element, can express near-infinite contrast ratio and rich color close to nature, and supports Dolby vision HDR and HDR10 to experience vivid image quality. Also, introduced that a 4.6mm of thin panel provided the experience of seeing the theater screen and all parts except the panel were housed in a space called innovation stage and completed the perfect wall paper design.

<OLED TV W7 of LG Electronics, Source: LG Electronics>

Sony emphasizes sound, image quality and simple design as the advantage of 4K BRAVIA OLED TV A1E series. It mentioned that the TV screen, which attracted great attention in last year’s CES 2017, can provide an enhanced immersive feeling by applying the ‘Acoustic Surface’ that the TV screen vibrates and makes sound by itself. In addition, the ‘X1 extreme processor’ HDR chip has been applied to improve the picture quality of OLED TV, and the cable is housed in the stand on the backside so that the simple design is realized.

<Acoustic Surface of Sony 4K BRAVIA OLED TV A1E, Source: Sony>

Toshiba then mentioned a high color gamut of 100% DCI-P3 and a high brightness of over 800 nits as the advantages of the REGZA X910. It said that it increased the color reproduction rate to express natural colors and improved the brightness to express the bright and dark parts in richer gradations and strengthened HDR restoration function to realize sharp and realistic high-definition video.

<REGZA X910 of Toshiba, Source: Toshiba>

Lastly, Panasonic stated that it implemented full black and rich color expressions. Especially, it emphasized that it applied ‘Hexa chroma drive plus’ which is Panasonic’s high-definition technology to express high contrast and colors hidden in dark areas that were difficult to implement in LCD TV and reproduced the emotion that the video producer intended.

<Comparison of ‘Hexa chroma drive plus’ technology application of Panasonic, Source: Panasonic>

As such, OLED TV set makers are introducing different OLED TVs that emphasize their characteristics and advantages. In addition to the above four makers, LOEWE of Germany and B & O of Denmark are expected to continue to launch OLED TVs, including mass production of OLED TVs or preparations for mass production. Based on the unique technology of set makers, it is worth noting that OLED TVs with what kind of characteristics and advantages will be produced.

Set 업체 별로 각기 다른 개성과 장점이 부각 된 OLED TV

지난 11일 LG Electronics는 LG OLED TV가 국내에서 월 판매량 1만대를 처음으로 넘기며 대중화 속도를 높이고 있다고 밝혔다. 또한, 2017년 OLED TV 진영에 합세한 Sony가 큰 호응을 받으며 premium TV 시장에서 점유율을 지속적으로 확대하고 있다. 이처럼 OLED TV는 뛰어난 화질과 함께 원가 절감을 통한 가격 경쟁력 향상으로 premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있다.

먼저 LG Electronics는 signature TV인 OLED W7의 장점으로 OLED만의 생생한 화질과 wall paper 디자인을 언급했다. 자발광 소자인 OLED를 통해 무한대에 가까운 명암비와 자연에 가까운 풍부한 색을 표현할 수 있으며 Dolby vision HDR과 HDR10을 지원하여 생생한 화질을 경험 할 수 있다고 언급하였다. 또한, 4.6mm 두께의 얇은 패널로 극장 스크린을 보는 듯한 경험을 제공하고 패널을 제외한 모든 부품을 이노베이션 스테이지라는 공간에 따로 수납하여 완벽한 wall paper 디자인을 완성했다고 소개했다.

<LG Electronics의 OLED TV W7, 출처: LG Electronics>

Sony는 4K BRAVIA OLED TV A1E series의 장점으로 사운드와 화질, 심플한 디자인을 강조했다. 지난 CES 2017에서 큰 이목을 끌었던 TV 화면이 진동하며 직접 소리를 내는 ‘Acoustic Surface’을 적용하여 향상 된 몰입감을 제공 할 수 있다고 언급했다. 또한, ‘X1 extreme processor’라는 HDR 칩을 적용하여 OLED TV의 화질을 더욱 향상시켰으며 케이블 등을 뒷면의 스탠드에 수납하여 심플한 디자인을 구현하였다고 밝혔다.

<Sony 4K BRAVIA OLED TV A1E의 Acoustic Surface, 출처: Sony>

이어서 Toshiba는 REGZA X910의 장점으로 DCI-P3 100%의 높은 색재현율과 800 nit 이상의 고휘도를 언급했다. 색재현율을 확대하여 자연스러운 색채를 표현하고 휘도를 향상시켜 밝은 부분과 어두운 부분을 더 풍부한 계조로 표현하였으며 HDR 복원 기능을 강화하여 선명하고 현장감 넘치는 고화질 영상을 구현하였다고 밝혔다.

<Toshiba의 REGZA X910, 출처: Toshiba>

마지막으로 Panasonic은 완벽한 블랙 표현과 풍부한 색표현력을 구현했다고 언급했다. 특히 Panasonic의 고화질 기술인 ‘Hexa chroma drive plus’를 적용하여 LCD TV로는 구현하기 힘들었던 고명암비와 어두운 부분에 숨겨져 있던 색채까지 표현하여 영상 제작자가 의도하고 있는 감성을 그대로 재현하였다고 강조했다.

<Panasonic의 ‘Hexa chroma drive plus’ 기술 적용 비교, 출처: Panasonic>

이처럼 OLED TV set 업체 별로 각기 다른 개성과 장점을 부각시킨 OLED TV를 소개하고 있다. 위의 4업체 뿐만 아니라 독일의 LOEWE나 덴마크의 B&O 등도 OLED TV를 양산하거나 양산 준비 중에 있는 등 OLED TV는 지속적으로 출시 될 것으로 예상된다. Set 업체만의 고유한 기술력을 바탕으로 어떠한 개성과 장점이 부각 된 OLED TV를 양산할지 귀추가 주목된다.

가상(VR)·증강현실(AR)이 선택한 ‘OLED 디스플레이’

최근 4차 산업혁명을 주도하고 있는 가상·증강현실 기기에 OLED 디스플레이를 채용함으로써, LCD에 비해 응답속도가 빠르고 풍부한 색감과 높은 명암비 구현이 가능해짐에 따라, 사용자는 보다 현실감 있고 생동감 넘치는 영상을 체험할 수 있게 되었다.
가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이는 게임, 광고, 교육 등 전 산업 분야에 걸쳐 폭넓게 활용되고 있으며, 이에 따라 관련 출원이 최근 활발하게 이루어지고 있는 것으로 나타났다.

특허청에 따르면, 가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이의 출원은 매년 증가 추세에 있으며, 특히 최근 3년간 관련 출원이 크게 증가한 것으로 나타났다.

<가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 출원 동향, 출처: 특허청>

최근 연도별 출원 현황을 보면, 2014년 240건, 2015년 263건, 2016년 439건으로, 2014년을 기점으로 가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 기술에 관한 출원 건은 급격히 증가하였다.

가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 분야 출원이 최근에 증가한 이유는 가상·증강현실 기기의 본격적인 대중화를 위한 선결 과제로 해상도와 응답속도, 활용성, 착용감, 가격 등 다양한 조건들의 발전이 요구되고 있는데, OLED 디스플레이는 실감나는 영상을 구현할 수 있고, 플렉시블 설계가 용이하다는 점에서 기존의 LCD에 비해 이러한 니즈를 월등하게 충족할 수 있기 때문인 것으로 보인다.

또한, 2020년 기준으로 가상·증강현실 시장 규모가 약 800억 달러로 크게 증가될 것이라는 전망에 비추어 볼 때, 가상·증강현실 기기에 적합한 OLED 디스플레이가 플렉시블, 롤러블, 벤더블 및 스트레쳐블 디스플레이 형태로 다양하게 개발됨에 따라 가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 기술에 관한 출원의 증가 추세는 지속될 것으로 예상된다.

가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 기술에 관한 출원인별 출원 현황(2007년 ~ 2016년)은 대기업 774건(60%), 중견·중소기업 142건(11%), 대학‧연구기관 72건(6%), 개인 70건(5%)을 출원하였고, 외국인이 237건(18%)을 출원한 것으로 조사되었다.

주요 출원 업체별로는 엘지전자 465건, 삼성전자 216건, 마이크로소프트사 51건, 삼성디스플레이 29건, 에스케이플래닛 20건, 퀄컴 17건, 엘지디스플레이 17건 순으로 집계되어, 가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 관련 기술이 국내 기업에 의해 주도되고 있음을 알 수 있다.

가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이의 응용분야별 출원 현황을 보면 개인용 엔터테인먼트(게임, 테마파크, 체험관) 426건, 국방(전쟁 시뮬레이션, 무기개발, 전투기 조종) 169건, 광고 141건, 의료(3차원 시뮬레이션, 가상 내시경, 모의수술) 131건, 헬스케어 123건, 영화 117건 등으로 나타나, 가상·증강현실용 OLED 디스플레이 기술은 게임과 국방 산업 분야에 가장 활발히 활용되고 있음을 알 수 있다.

특허청 김종찬 디스플레이기기심사팀장은 “TV나 휴대폰과 같은 개인용 제품 중심으로 발달한 OLED 디스플레이는 뛰어난 영상제공 능력을 기반으로 가상·증강현실 뿐만 아니라 새로운 산업분야로 활용 영역의 확장이 예상되며, 아울러 OLED 디스플레이의 수명 연장 및 사용 온도 범위 확대 등 성능 향상 과제를 해결하기 위한 기술과 관련된 출원이 증가할 것으로 예상된다.”고 전망했다.
특허청은 OLED 디스플레이 분야의 특허경쟁력 강화를 위하여, 산업계와 특허청 간의 소통과 협력의 일환으로『IP Together』행사를 정기적으로 개최해 왔으며, ‘개정 특허법 설명회’ 등을 통해 관련 정보를 지속적으로 제공해 나갈 계획이다.

한편, 유비리서치가 발간한 ‘AR과 VR용 디스플레이 시장 보고서’에 따르면 AR과 VR용 OLED는 2017년 260만개 출하되어 52%의 시장 점유율을 차지할 것으로 예상하였으며, 2021년에는 5,200만개 출하되어 80%의 시장 점유율을 차지할 것으로 전망하였다.

 

<AR과 VR용 디스플레이 타입별 출하량 전망, 출처: 유비리서치>

‘OLED display’ selected by virtual (VR) · Augmented Reality (AR)

By adopting OLED display in virtual and augmented reality devices, which are leading the fourth industrial revolution in recent years, users can experience more realistic and lively images with faster response time, richer color and higher contrast ratio comparing to LCD.
OLED displays for virtual and augmented reality have been widely used in all industries including games, advertising, and education, and related applications have recently been actively pursued.

According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the filing of OLED display for virtual and augmented reality is on an increasing trend each year, in particular, the number of related applications has greatly increased over the last 3 years.

<OLED display application trend for virtual and augmented reality, Source: Korean Intellectual Property Office>

According to the recent filing status by year, there are 240 applications in 2014, 263 in 2015, and 439 in 2016, and applications for OLED display technologies for virtual and augmented reality have increased rapidly from 2014.

The reason for the recent increase in applications for virtual and augmented reality OLED display fields is that the development of various conditions such as resolution, response time, usability, comfort, and price is required as a preliminary task for popularization of virtual and augmented reality devices and OLED displays can realize realistic images and are easy to design with flexibility, which is why they can meet these needs much better than existing LCDs.

Also, given the prospect that the virtual and augmented reality market will increase to about $ 80 billion by 2020, OLED displays suitable for virtual and augmented reality devices are being developed in various forms such as flexible, rollable, bendable, and stretchable displays, and it is expected that applications for OLED display technology for virtual and augmented reality will continue to increase accordingly.

For the filing status of OLED display technology for virtual and augmented reality (2007 ~ 2016),  there are 774 cases (60%) of large companies, 142 cases (11%) of medium and small-sized companies, 72 cases (6%) of universities and research institutes, 70 individual cases (5%)  237 foreigner cases (18%).

By major application companies, 465 cases of LG Electronics, 216 cases of Samsung Electronics, 51 cases of Microsoft Corporation, 29 cases of Samsung Display, 20 cases of SK Planet, 17 cases of Qualcomm, 17 cases of LG Display, It can be seen that related technology is dominated by domestic companies.

As for the status of OLED display application field for virtual and augmented reality applications, there are 426 cases of personal entertainment (game, theme park, experience), 169 cases of defense (war simulation, weapons development, fighter pilot), 141 cases of advertisement, 131 cases of medical treatment (3D simulation, virtual endoscopy, simulation), 123 cases of healthcare, 117 movies, etc., indicating that OLED display technologies for virtual and augmented reality are most actively used in the game and defense industries.

“OLED displays, which are developed mainly for personal use products such as TVs and mobile phones, are expected to expand into new industries as well as virtual and augmented reality based on their superior image presentation capabilities,” said Kim Jong-Chan, head of the screening team in the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). In addition, we expect to see increased applications related to technologies to address performance improvement challenges, such as extending the life of OLED displays and extending the operating temperature range. “.
In order to strengthen the patent competitiveness of OLED display field, KIPO has regularly held “IP Together” event as part of communication and cooperation between industry and patent office, and will continue to provide related information through the “Revised Patent Law Seminar”.

On the other hand, according to the ‘Display Market Report for AR and VR’ published by UBi Research, OLED for AR and VR are expected to be shipped by 2.6 million units in 2017, accounting for 52% of the market share and 52 million units in 2021 accounting for 80% of the market share.

<Shipment forecast by display type for AR and VR, Source: UBI Research>

LG Electronics, Big step on popularization of OLED TV

<OLED TV of LG Electronics Source: LG Electronics>

 

LG Electronics OLED TV is speeding up its popularization with exceeding monthly sales of 10,000 units for the first time in Korea.

‘LG OLED TV’ was sold every four minutes last month. Compared to the beginning of this year, it’s double. LG Electronics expects sales increase of OLED TVs in the future and to rapidly increase market power.

The secret to increasing sales is recognition of outstanding image quality. LG OLED TV, this year, was first in the performance evaluation conducted by nonprofit consumer magazines in 11 advanced markets including the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal and Australia. Unlike LCD TVs, the contrast ratio is high because it emits light without backlight. So it presents perfect black and realizes a lively screen.

Consumers consider picture quality the most when purchasing TV. According to a consumer survey conducted by LG Electronics, over 40% of the respondents cited image quality as the top priority when purchasing TVs. This percentage is the highest of all purchasing considerations.

Reasonable price is also the cause of good sales. LG Electronics has continuously developed technology for more consumer to experience OLED TV image quality so as to reduce the. 55-inch OLED TV prices have fallen to the mid-2 million won. It is no different from premium LCD TVs. In 2013 when LG Electronics first launched OLED TV, it was worth 15 million won.

‘LG OLED TV’ accounted for about 30% of LG Electronics domestic TV sales this year and settled perfectly in the market.

Son, Dae-Gi, LG Electronics Korea HE Marketing FD, emphasized “we will expand sales to allow more customers to enjoy ‘LG OLED TV’ image quality and have a solid profit structure by raising premium market power”.

LG전자, 올레드 TV 대중화 성큼

<LG전자의 OLED TV 출처: LG전자>

 

LG전자 올레드 TV가 국내에서 월판매량 1만 대를 처음으로 넘어서며 대중화 속도를 높이고 있다.

‘LG 올레드 TV’는 지난달 4분마다 한 대꼴로 팔려나간 셈이다. 올해 초와 비교하면 두 배다. LG전자는 앞으로도 판매량이 늘어, 올레드 TV가 시장 장악력을 빠르게 높일 것으로 기대하고 있다.

판매량 증가 비결은 뛰어난 화질을 인정받아서다. ‘LG 올레드 TV’는 올해 미국, 영국, 독일, 프랑스, 이탈리아, 스페인, 네덜란드, 스웨덴, 벨기에, 포르투갈, 호주 등 선진 시장 11개 국가의 비영리 소비자 매거진이 실시한 성능 평가에서 1위를 싹쓸이했다. LCD TV와는 달리 백라이트 없이 자발광하기 때문에 명암비가 높다. 따라서 완벽한 블랙을 표현하고 생동감 있는 화면을 구현한다.

소비자들은 TV 구매 시 화질을 가장 중요하게 생각한다. LG전자가 실시한 소비자조사 결과에 따르면, 조사대상 중 40% 이상이 TV를 구매할 때 화질을 최우선으로 꼽았다. 이 비중은 모든 구매 고려 요소 중 가장 높다.

합리적인 가격도 판매 호조 원인이다. LG전자는 더 많은 소비자들이 올레드 TV 화질을 경험할 수 있도록 끊임 없이 기술을 개발해 원가를 절감했다. 55형 올레드 TV 가격은 200만 원대 중반까지 낮아졌다. 프리미엄급 LCD TV와 차이가 없는 수준이다. LG전자가 올레드 TV를 처음 출시한 2013년에는 1,500만 원이었다.

‘LG 올레드 TV’는 올해 LG전자 국내 TV 매출의 약 30%를 차지하며 시장에 완벽히 정착했다.

LG전자 한국HE마케팅FD 손대기 담당은 “더 많은 고객들이 ‘LG 올레드 TV’ 화질을 감상할 수 있도록 판매를 확대하고, 프리미엄 시장 장악력을 높여 굳건한 수익구조를 갖출 것”이라고 강조했다.

LG Electronics, watching bigger and clearer on ‘OLED FullVision’

<Source: LG Electronics>

 

LG Electronics will have a strategic premium smartphone equipped with OLED in the 2nd half this year.

LG Electronics will apply OLED FullVision, an 18: 9 aspect-ratio OLED display completely filling the entire screen panel to a strategic premium smartphone in the 2nd half. The size of the display is 6inch wide- larger than 5.7 inches of the previous model LG V20, but the size of the product is rather smaller by reducing the size of the bezel.
Based on the display technology obtained from LG OLED TV, which has been recognized as the world’s best premium TV, LG Electronics plans to provide a different level of visual experience of smartphone; “With OLED technology which has been accumulated over the years, we have completed the differentiated high-class design of the subsequent strategic premium smartphone.”
In the LG Electronics’ strategic premium smartphone, the “bezel bending” technology has been embedded in, which makes the circuit and insulating layers at the bottom of the panel bent backwards and the lower bezel reduced by about 50% compared to the previous model V20. Toughened glass on the outer layer of display is curved all around edge and is smoothened along the contour line of the backside to emphasize a sense of unity on the design,

OLED FullVision has a QHD + (1,440×2,880) resolution and an optimized screen quality algorithm equipped with a color gamut of 148% based on sRGB, default color space for photography and internet, and 109% based on digital cinema color standard DCI-P3.

LG Electronics stated that OLED FullVision should present a deep and vibrant screen with excellent contrast ratio and fast response time will provide a full-fledged screen without afterimages for fast-moving video or games.

LG Electronics also said, “The durability of the display has been upgraded as well, considering the portability of smartphone. OLED Full Vision is stronger than glass substrate displays because it is based on P-OLEDs with pixels placed on plastic substrates,”; “Cutting edge technologies are embedded in such as Corning®’s latest tempered glass ‘Gorilla® Glass 5’ and shatter-resistant technology that prevents the glass powder from scattering when the glass breaks. ” LG added.

Additionally LG Electronics said, “We have applied hardware and software technology to enhance durability. Also encapsulation technology that minimizes oxidation by covering the pixels with a protective film to prevent air contact, and pixel scanning program that identifies heavily used pixels and reduces their power consumption. OLED technology has minimized the burn-in phenomenon that can occur on the display. ”

Joon-ho Cho, president of LG’s MC business director emphasized, “We will provide a high end smartphone with a different level of design and screen quality, integrating the world’s best display technologies proven by LG OLED TV.

LG Electronics, “Sales of the Premium TV in 2017 would hold 60%”

 

LG Electronics spoke that “The portion of premium TVs in total TV sales will be increased from about 40% in 2016 to around 50% in first half of 2017 and up to 60% in the end of this year.” at the conference call in Q2 2017, which was held on 27th.

The performance in Q2 for HE area of LG Electronics showed 4 trillion and 234.9 billion won in sales, and 343 billion won in operating profit. The QOQ on sales was declined to 2.1%, and the demands of the global TV market are continuously reducing, but the sales of the same quarter in last year showed 1.9% growth through the sales expansion of the OLED premium TVs.

Jin-ho, Ha, the HE director of LG Electronics said that “The Q2 performance was slightly decreased in QOQ and same quarter in last year due to the panel cost increase and marketing promotion for the new product launching, but we sustained healthy profit structures through the expansion of the premium TV sales and the improvement of cost structures consistently.” And also expected, “There are concerns on the slowdown in growth of worldwide TV market for the interest rate hikes and the oil price decrease, nevertheless, the premium TV market will steadily grow according to the demand increase on OLED TV and UHD TV.”

Subsequently, he answered on the question of the counterstrategy for the SONY, “It is not just right time to judge the OLED TV of SONY yet, but until now, we think that the OLED TV of us is quite superior regarding the aspect of design of products, image quality, and its lineup and so on.”

On the recent investment for large-sized OLED of LG Display, “LG Display and LG Electronics, both of us, will wisely take and proceed the world best strategy together of premium TVs by strengthening the premium status of OLED TV.”

He explained on the TV business of LG Electronics, “We have been improving the profitability focusing on the premium lines, and also completely avoiding the quantitative competition. We plan to continuously sustain the quality-oriented rather than quantity.” He added, “We will pursue the activities to intensively keep the premium image of OLED.”

They stated to be maintaining the stable profit structures with aiming at continuous sales expansion of premium products through the marketing promotion for the premium TV-oriented to prepare the high-season for the TV market in second half.

LG Electronics concentrates on ‘product competitiveness not price competitiveness’ in the premium TV market

 

LG Electronics reported that they plan to focus on product competitiveness rather than price competitiveness in the premium TV market in future through the conference call in Q1 of 2017 which was held on 27th, April. During the Q&A session on ‘the sales strategy of OLED and premium TV’, Jin-ho, Ha, the director of HE (Home Entertainment) said that “we will continue to expand OLED position in the premium TV market and also in future what the competitiveness we need in the premium TV market is product competitiveness rather than price’s.”

The performance in Q1 of HE in LG Electronics was 4 trillion 3261 billion won of sales volume and 3822 billion won of sales profit. It has been reduced 4600 billion won versus previous quarter under the influence of off-season. Nonetheless, YOY (Year on Year) has been kept at the same level. The sales volume was grown up in the area of North America, South Korea and Latin America for the reason of sales expansion of premium TV, though the market in Asia was decreased versus QoQ for the lack of sufficient demand.

Jin-ho, Ha, the director of HE in LG Electronics said that “We improved the profitability versus previous quarter by expansion of premium product sales, improvement of cost structure and flexible management for the panel price rise.” He also expected that the stagnant demand in whole TV market would be continued, but the demand would be increased in the area of North America, Latin America and Asia where are holding relatively high sales ratio.” In addition, “We would maintain sound profit structure and strengthen premium position by diverse global launching of products which leads the market such as ‘LG Signature OLED TV W’.”

He answered the questioning of in future panel price expectation and OLED TV line-up idea, “The panel has been significantly rising from in Q4 of 2016, and it has reached up over 60% versus June where is the lowest point last year”, and “We will design completive line-up composed of ‘premium, best, middle and low’ to aim the premium market within OLED TV group.”

For the question of the strategy in TV market in future, “In present which panel cost is increasing, we would operate the strategy based on the profitability by avoiding a simple volume competition, and we think that the market share in low price TV market is not meaningful. So that we plan to go forward the improvement of quality as a response based on the premium TV market having over 2000~2500 dollars.”

The strategy in TV market of LG Electronics announced at the conference call in Q1 2017 is consistent development of premium TV lineup which brings better profitability with high value-added product. They also expressed that will firmly build their position in the premium TV market with product competitiveness by image quality and technology rather than price competitiveness related to panel price.

2017 Premium TV Market Structure due to the Different Prices of Premium TVs and Sony’s Joining in OLED TV Market

Some line-ups of Samsung Electronics QLED TVs including the Q7 and Q8 introduced at CES 2017 are starting to be unveiled and preordered on its official U.S website and Amazon. The products for preorder are 55, 65, and 75-inch flat TVs of Q7 line-up, and 55 and 65-inch curved TVs of Q8, the higher lineup than Q7. QN65Q7F 65-inch flat TV cost US$ 3,499.99 on Amazon, as of 16th, and QN65Q8C 65-inch curved TV was US$ 4,499.99. It was 20% more expensive than ‘SUHD TV’, the premium TV line-up launched in 2016, and it was intended to build premium TV’s own image by highlighting high price range and enhanced picture quality.

On the other hand, LG Electronics OLED TV prices keep on decreasing. OLED65C6 65-inch curved OLED TV was launched last year at US$ 3,197.00 on Amazon as of 16th, and that was 50% cheaper than US$ 6,000.00 on June, 2016. In addition, the lunch price of OLED65C7 65 inch-curved OLED TV to sell this year is set as US$ 4,000.00 on Amazon as of 15th, which was a 30% cheaper than 2016 and US$ 500.00 cheaper than Samsung’s QN65Q8C 65 inch curved TV. As LG Electronics are leading the OLED premium TV market, it is likely to pay more attention to popularization due to is low price.

<Price Comparison of 2017’ 65-inch Curved TV New Products, Source : Amazon.com>

Due to similar prices of OLED TV and QLED TV in the premium TV market, high-quality picture, brand image, consumer needs satisfaction are gaining importance. Color reproduction among high-quality picture factors has similar performance, whereas OLED TV still gain a competitive advantage in contrast range and response speed. Besides, Sony that has kept a strong brand power and status in the premium TV market showcased OLED TV with higher-quality picture upgraded by ‘Acoustic Surface’ technology that produces sound without speaker and ‘X1 extreme processor’ HDR chip, attracting a lot of attention at CES 2017. Its release date and price have not yet been announced, but it is expected to greatly influence the premium TV market.

There’s a keen interest on, how the 2017 premium TV market will change due to the different price strategies of premium TVs to be released and Sony’s joining in OLED TV.

2017년 premium TV 가격과 Sony의 OLED 진영 가세에 따른 premium TV 시장 구도는

삼성전자가 이번 CES 2017에서 선보인 QLED TVQ7Q8등 일부 라인업에 대해, 삼성전자의 미국법인 공식 홈페이지와 Amazon 등을 통해 공개하고 예약 판매를 실시하고 있다. 예약 판매가 진행중인 제품은 Q7 라인업의 55, 65, 75 inch flat TVQ7보다 고급형인 Q8 라인업의 55, 65 inch curved TV이며, 65 inch flat TVQN65Q7F16Amazon 기준 US$ 3,499.99, 65 inch curved TVQN65Q8CUS$ 4,499.99로 조사 됐다. 이는 지난 2016년에 출시 된 premium TV 라인업인 ‘SUHD TV’에 비해 출시가격이 20%이상 높은 가격으로, 높은 가격대 책정과 향상 된 화질을 강조하여 premium TV만의 이미지를 구축하려는 의도로 풀이된다.

이에 반해 LG전자의 OLED TV 가격은 지속적으로 하락하고 있다. 지난해 출시 된 65 inch curved OLED TVOLED65C616Amazon 기준 US$ 3,197.00, 20166월 출시가격 이었던 US$ 6,000.00에 비해 50% 정도 저렴한 가격에 팔리고 있다. 또한 올해 판매 모델인 65 inch curved OLED TV OLED65C7의 출시가격은 15Amazon 기준 US$ 4,000.00 2016년 출시 제품에 비해 30% 저렴하게 책정 되었으며, 삼성의 65 inch curved TVQN65Q8C에 비해 US$ 500.00가 저렴하다. OLED를 적용하여 premium TV 시장을 주도하고 있는 만큼, 낮은 가격대로 대중화에 더 공을 들이고 있는 것으로 추측된다.

<2017년 65 inch Curved TV 신제품 가격 비교, 출처 : Amazon.com>

이처럼 premium TV 시장에서 OLED TVQLED TV의 가격이 점점 엇비슷한 가격대를 형성하고 있기에, 이제는 화질과 브랜드 이미지, 소비자의 needs 충족이 중요한 요소로 떠오르고 있다. 화질에서 색재현율은 서로 비슷한 성능을 보이고 있으나, 명암비와 응답속도 등의 성능에서는 여전히 OLED TV가 우위를 점하고 있다. 또한, 브랜드 파워와 premium TV 시장에서의 여전한 위상을 가지고 있는 Sony CES 2017에서 OLED TV를 선보였으며, 스피커 없이 소리를 내는 ‘Acoustic Surface’ 기술과 ‘X1 extreme processor’라는 HDR 칩을 적용하여 OLED TV의 화질을 더욱 더 향상시켜 많은 주목을 받았다. 출시일과 출시가격은 미정이나 premium TV 시장서의 파급력이 클 것으로 예상되고 있다.

2017년 출시 될 premium TV 가격대의 서로 다른 전략과 SonyOLED TV 진영 가세로 2017 premium TV 시장이 어떻게 개편될지 많은 이들의 관심이 집중되어 있다.

 

LG Electronics, OLED TV volume of sales 2 times in the 3rd quarter

LG Electronics revealed that OLED TV volume of sales was enlarged two times than last year through the conference on the third quarter performance having been progressed on the 27th, and currently OLED TV occupied over 10% among total TV sales. Also they expect that volume of the fourth quarter will be increased two times vs. the third quarter.

Regarding countermeasures on quantum dot TV of Samsung Electronics, they have no notion of competing prices with OLED TV, and emphasizes that they will strengthen recognition such like best TV is OLED TV by thoroughly sustaining premium strategies. They explains that market position of OLED in the market of over USD 200, or USD 300 has been actually increasing rapidly

HE Business Division achieved operating incomes (381.5 billion won) and sales profits of top levels (9.2%) in the third quarter. Sales amount was 4 trillion and 141.5 billion won, and there was not large change with previous quarter (4 trillion and 157.2 billion won).
LG Electronics forecasts that TV demands will be increased due to entering high-demand season in the fourth quarter, and needs on premium products such as OLED TV and UHD TV will be expanded further vs. previous quarter centering on the advanced market especially. Though profitability is expected to be decreased vs. previous quarter owing to effects from increases of panel price and expanded marketing expenses, they reveals their willingness such like responding to seasonal demands on large-size premium products including OLED TV and UHD TV etc. will be made successfully.

Meanwhile, according to UBi RESEARCH, they forecasts that OLED TV in premium TV market will achieve high-speed growth while forming the market of 69.1% in 2012 from 16.7% in 2016.

LG’s 77 inch OLED TV at KRW 40 Million, Is the Price OK? Comparison with Competitors…

출처=LG전자

LG`s 77 inch OLED TV Picture Source = LG Elec.

Hyunjoo Kang / jjoo@olednet.com
LG Electronics recently announced 77 inch OLED TV, and its factory price at KRW 41 million received much attention. With the diverse public opinions regarding this, OLEDNET looked into price trend of TV of similar size.
According to UBI Research, Samsung Electronics’ 78 inch SUHD TV product is being sold at USD 7997.99 ~ 9997.99 (lowest price at Amazon). Released in April, these products utilize quantum dot film attached LCD panel.
For Sony which uses LCD, 75 inch product released in January costs approximately KRW 6.7 million as of July, and 85 inch product costs approximately KRW 9 million. Sony products are less costly than Samsung and LG products.
The actual market price of LG Electronics’ 77 inch OLED TV is not yet exactly known. However, the comparison with its factory price of KRW 41 million shows it is about 4 times more expensive than Samsung Electronics’ 78 inch product and Sony’s 85 inch product.
Compared to LCD TV, existing large OLED TV of same size is about twice as expensive. Although the gap has been recently reduced, this is due to LG Electronics’ OLED TV price reduction. While it is true that OLED TV is pricier, that does not mean it is not marketable. In fact, LG Electronics announced that Q2 2016 OLED TV sales increased by 4 times compared to previous quarter through conference call.
However, some believe that the fact the difference is approximately 4 times, rather than twice, will bring down the competitiveness. Regarding this issue, Choong Hoon Yi of UBI Research explained that considering that the yield drops rapidly as the size increases, the price of LG’s 77 inch new product is not totally out of order. He added that the price will drop with yield improvement, and looking at TV market trend so far, the market price could eventually be half of the factory price.
LG Electronics’ 77 inch OLED TV could fall to about KRW 20 million from KRW 41 million, reducing the price gap against LCD TV of similar size to approximately 2 times. Yi further added that despite being twice as expensive as LCD TV, OLED TV has been solidifying its position in the market.

LG Elec., Premium Focused Strategy Results in Highest Profitability 2016 1Q

Source : LG Elec.

Source : LG Elec.

 

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

LG Electronics Inc. (LG) today announced first-quarter 2016 operating profit of KRW 505.2 billion (USD 420.25 million), a 65.5 percent increase from the same period in 2015 on sales of KRW 13.36 trillion (USD 11.12 billion).

The LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company contributed the largest amount, KRW 407.8 billion (USD 339.23 million) in operating income for the quarter, while the LG Home Entertainment Company earned KRW 335.2 billion (USD 278.84 million) in operating profit, both up significantly from the first quarter of 2015. The LG Mobile Communications Company posted an operating loss of KRW 202.2 billion (USD 168.20 million) primarily due to increased marketing expenditures for the new LG G5 flagship smartphone, while the LG Vehicle Components Company reported a modest loss of KRW 15.8 billion (USD 13.14 million) reflecting higher R&D investments.

LG’s overall global sales and profitability are expected to improve in the second quarter, with double-digit growth in revenues and higher profitability anticipated as LG continues its premium-focused strategy with LG SIGNATURE products, the LG G5 smartphone and 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs.

LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company recorded sales of KRW 4.22 trillion (USD 3.51 billion) in the first quarter, an increase of 4 percent year-on-year due in large part to higher premium product sales and growth in its B2B operations. Operating profit and operating margin of 9.7 percent were the highest in the history of LG home appliances. Revenues in the Korean domestic market increased 11 percent from the same period the previous year thanks to strong performance of TWIN Wash washing machines, premium refrigerators and commercial air conditioners. Weaker demand caused by the drop in oil prices and unfavorable currency exchange movements negatively affected sales in markets such as the Middle East, South America and CIS, while revenues in North America and Europe remained strong.

LG Mobile Communications Company reported sales of KRW 2.96 trillion (USD 2.46 billion), a decline of 15.5 percent from the first quarter last year. Shipments of 13.5 million smartphones were 12 percent lower both year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, mainly as a result of the business entering the slow season as well as declining shipments of existing flagship models due to high interest in the recently announced LG G5. Competition in the smartphone market will continue to increase, leading to further price erosion which LG plans to counter with a strong global push for the modular LG G5 smartphone and new mass-tier models such as its X series.

LG Home Entertainment Company reported revenues of KRW 4.33 trillion (USD 3.6 billion), down 2.3 percent from last year’s first quarter as TV shipments declined somewhat in the key markets of North America and Europe. A solid operating margin of 7.7 percent was accompanied by a 207 percent increase quarter-on-quarter in operating income, demonstrating strong evidence of the growing demand for premium OLED and 4K OLED TV products. Improved cost structure and cost competitiveness is expected to drive improved profitability in the next quarter.

LG Vehicle Components Company sales of KRW 592.9 billion (USD 493.2 million) represent a 55 percent year-on-year increase, on the back of LG’s growing automotive infotainment business, although profitability was negatively affected by increased R&D investments. The outlook for LG’s automotive business is positive, with higher expected demand for electric vehicle components and as LG expands its global reach and secures new customers.

이데미츠코산 재료, LG OLED TV 일본 신제품에 공급

Source : Idemitsu Kosan

일본의 OLED 재료 업체인 이데미츠코산(Idemitsu Kosan)이 자사의 OLED 재료가 일본 LG전자의 최신 OLED TV에 사용될 것이라고 13일 발표했다.

이데미츠코산은 지난 1980년부터 OLED 재료를 개발해왔으며 특히 블루 발광재료의 품질이 뛰어나다는 게 이 회사의 설명이다. 이데미츠코산은 이와 관련 다수의 특허를 보유하고 있으며 한국과 일본에 공정을 가지고 있다. 이 회사는 다양한 제조사들에게 재료를 공급하고 있다.

이데미츠코산과 LG그룹은 지난 2009년 전략적 제휴를 맺었으며 지난 2014년 12월에는 OLED 기술 분야 및 디바이스 관련 특허 라이선싱 부문에서 협력하기로 한 바 있다.
이에 따라 이데미츠코산의 OLED 재료는 LG전자의 일본 출시 OLED TV 신제품에 들어갈 예정이다.
두 회사는 재료와 제품 개발을 위한 기술 협력을 지속할 예정이며 이를 통해 OLED 디스플레이의 대중화를 이끌 계획이다.

Adoption of Idemitsu’s Material in LG’s OLED TV

Source : Idemitsu Kosan

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Idemitsu Kosan Co.,Ltd.´s (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director and CEO: Takashi Tsukioka, hereinafter “Idemitsu”) OLED material will be used for LG Electronics Japan Inc.´s (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President: In-gyu Lee) latest OLED TV which will be released in Japan this coming mid-May. An

An OLED TV is a next-generation television that has a display which eliminates the need for backlight, which is different from an LCD TV.

Eliminating the need for backlight makes it possible to not only provide a curved and super-thin display but to also represent jet black without being affected by the illumination of the backlight.

Idemitsu has studied and developed OLED materials since the 1980s and has a particular advantage in the development of high-performance blue light-emitting materials. In addition, Idemitsu also has many related patents and manufacturing plants in both Japan and South Korea, and supplies materials to a variety of manufacturers.

After the agreement to form a strategic alliance regarding the OLED business in 2009, Idemitsu and the LG Group concluded an agreement for mutual cooperation in the field of OLED technology and device-related patent licensing in December 2014.

As leading companies, each company has achieved results in product development through their active efforts in this field.

As a result of concluding the agreement, Idemitsu´s OLED material will be used for LG Electronics´ latest television to be released in Japan following the world´s first large high-definition OLED TV which was released by LG Electronics in 2013.

Both companies will continue to provide technical cooperation to develop materials and products that will popularize the use of OLED displays.

LG Elec.`s operating profit is 505.2 billion KRW 1Q 2016…65.5%↑

LG Elec. announced its preliminary earnings results for the 1Q of 2016(Source=LG Elec.)

LG Elec. announced its preliminary earnings results for the 1Q of 2016(Source=LG Elec.)

Hyunjoo Kang / jjoo@olednet.com

LG Electronics Inc. (LG) today announced its preliminary earnings results for the first quarter of 2016.
Tentative consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2016 is 13.36 trillion KRW and operating profit is 505.2 billion KRW. Revenues are expected to be 4.5 percent lower than the same period the year prior while operating profit will be 65.5 percent higher year-over-year.

These figures are the tentative consolidated earnings based on K-IFRS. This tentative earnings is provided as a service to investors prior to LG Electronics’ final earnings results including net profit and details regarding each division which will be announced officially later this month.

LG TVS Recommended by Netflix for Second Straight year

Source : LG Electronics

Source : LG Electronics

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

LG Electronics’ top-tier 2016 4K TVs have been selected by Netflix for its Netflix Recommended TV program for the second consecutive year. Netflix Recommended TV is an evaluation program recognizing smart TVs that deliver excellent performance for Netflix and a better Internet TV experience overall.

LG’s superior webOS 3.0 4K TVs qualified for the global Netflix Recommended TV designation after undergoing a rigorous, criteria-based smart TV evaluation program. Making the list includes LG SIGNATURE OLED TV (G6), 4K OLED TVs (models E6 and C6), LG SUPER UHD TVs (models UH9500 and UH8500) and UHD TVs (models UH7500, UH6500, UH6300 and UH6100) with more models expected to be added as they are evaluated.

The Netflix Recommended TV program is designed to help consumers identify televisions that offer a quicker, easier and up-to-date Netflix experience. LG’s webOS 3.0-enabled OLED TVs, SUPER UHD TVs and UHD TVs offer an unbeatable combination of breathtaking picture quality and streamlined, intuitive smart TV features that provide an optimal Internet TV streaming experience.

With an extensive library of award-winning TV shows and movies and over 600 hours of original programming planned for this year, LG TVs offer an amazing 4K viewing and streaming experience for Netflix members across the globe. What’s more, select LG webOS 3.0 4K TVs offer best-in-class Instant On performance so you can turn on your TV and start watching Netflix faster than on any other model on the market today. Other WebOS 3.0 features like Fast App Switching mean accessing Netflix and other Internet Services is as easy as changing channels.

On top of flawless 4K content, LG TVs are already prepared to provide optimal HDR picture quality.LG’s OLED TVs and SUPER UHD TVs are fully compatible with both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats and are ready to offer viewers optimal picture quality for Netflix original series in HDR, including Season 1 of Marco Polo, available now, with Marvel’s Daredevil coming soon.

“We are excited that the Netflix Recommended TV program recognizes our exceptional smart TV performance for the second consecutive year,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “On top of smart TV functionality, LG’s premium-tier 4K OLED TVs offer unequaled 4K picture capabilities. Now with more 4K and HDR Netflix content available globally, choosing a TV from LG has become the obvious choice.”

“LG has continued to lead the way in making streaming services, including Netflix, easier and faster to use” said Scott Mirer, Vice President, Device Partner Ecosystem at Netflix. “We are pleased to designate LG’s latest 4K UHD TVs with webOS 3.0 as Netflix Recommended TVs, offering a superior experience for Netflix members all over the world.”

LG TV users can access Netflix by selecting the Netflix app in LG’s webOS smart TV platform. Netflix is also accessible on older TVs through LG’s former smart TV platform, Netcast. For more information on the full list of Netflix Recommended TVs, please visit www.netflix.com/recommendedtv or the LG.com site in your region.

이세돌이 착용했던 LG Smart Watch, 한국 출시

강현주 기자 /jjoo@olednet.com

출처=LG전자

이세돌이 알파고와의 대국때 착용했던 그 Smart Watch가 한국에 출시된다.

LG전자가 LTE 통신기능을 지원하는 안드로이드 웨어 Smart Watch ‘LG 워치 어베인 세컨드 에디션’을 7일부터 한국 시장에 주요 이통 3사를 통해 출시한다고 6일 발표했다.

‘LG 워치 어베인 세컨드 에디션’은 블루투스로 스마트폰과 연동해 사용할 수 있을 뿐만 아니라, 스마트폰 없이 단독으로 LTE 음성통화, 메시지 송∙수신 등이 가능하다. 이 제품은 안드로이드 4.3과 iOS 8.2 이상의 모든 스마트폰과 연동할 수 있다.

LG전자는 이 제품에 3개의 물리버튼을 탑재해, 버튼 조작에 따라 ‘즐겨찾는 연락처’, ‘메뉴’, ‘극장모드’, ‘LG헬스’ 등 다양한 기능을 직관적으로 사용할 수 있게 했다. 현존하는 스마트워치 가운데 가장 뛰어난 해상도(480×480, 348ppi)를 구현해, 화면을 더욱 선명하고 생동감 있게 표현한다. 또, 이 제품은 타사 대비 약 2배 용량의 570mAh 대용량 배터리를 채택했다.

이 제품의 스트랩은 겉면에 가죽을 별도로 입힌 ‘시그니처 브라운’ 색상이다. 스트랩 옆면 등 내부는 피부에 거부감을 주지 않는 ‘팁시브 엘라스토머’ 재질이다. 이 제품은 ‘고릴라 글래스3’ 강화유리와 하이엔드 아날로그 시계가 채택하던 ‘스테인리스 스틸 316L’을 채용해 내구성을 높였다. 또, 조금의 먼지도 통과되지 않고 최고 1m 수심에서 30분까지 견딜 수 있는 IP67 등급의 방진, 방수가 된다.

한편, LG전자는 지난 3월 이세돌 9단과 인공지능(AI)의 대국에서 이세돌 9단이 ‘LG G 워치 어베인 세컨드 에디션’를 착용하도록 후원한 바 있다.

LG전자 대표이사 MC사업본부장 조준호 사장은 “Smart Watch 시장에서 세계최초로 원형 디자인 트렌드를 선도해 왔듯, 이번 제품도 편의성, 호환성을 한 단계 업그레이드했다”며, “안드로이드 웨어 기반 스마트워치 하나만으로도 자체 통신이 가능한 시대를 열었다는 데 의미가 깊다”고 강조했다.

LG전자, 4K 영상 위한 울트라HD 모니터 출시

강현주 기자 / jjoo@olednet.com

LG 울트라HD 모니터(출처=LG전자)

LG 울트라HD 모니터(출처=LG전자)

LG전자가 10억 개의 색상으로 생생한 화질을 구현하는 울트라HD 모니터를 출시했다고 4일 발표했다.

LG전자는 최근 풀HD보다 4배 높은 해상도인 4K(3,840X2,160)를 적용한 16:9 화면비의 울트라HD 모니터 신제품 2종(모델명: 27UD88, 27UD68P)을 국내 시장에 선보였다.

글로벌 울트라HD 모니터 시장은 지난해에 약 70만 대 규모였고, 올해는 약 3배인 200만 대 규모로 빠르게 늘 것으로 전망된다.

신제품(모델명: 27UD88)은 고해상도 콘텐츠를 완벽하게 보여준다. 표현할 수 있는 색상도 약 10억 개에 달해 현실감 넘치는 화면을 구현한다. 4K 해상도를 적용해 사진을 확대해도 눈가의 주름과 머리카락 한 올까지 선명하게 보여준다. 측면에서 보더라도 화면이 선명한 IPS패널을 적용했다.

이 제품은 사진과 영상을 섬세하게 편집하는 전문가들의 작업에 특히 유용하다. 모니터를 오래 사용하더라도, 사용자가 별도의 색상 측정 장비와 함께 하드웨어 캘리브레이션 기능을 사용하면 새 제품같은 색상을 느낄 수 있다. 사용자가 시계 방향으로 화면을 90도 돌리면 세로로 길게 사용할 수도 있다. 스마트폰으로 세로로 찍은 사진이나 동영상을 감상하고 편집할 때 유용하다.

울트라HD 모니터는 사용자가 게임이나 영화를 즐길 때도 탁월한 경험을 제공한다. AMD의 프리싱크 기술은 빠르게 움직이는 화면도 깨지거나 끊김 없이 자연스럽게 보여준다. 블랙 스태빌라이저 기능은 비슷하게 보이는 어두운 색상들도 선명하게 구별해준다.

편의성도 뛰어나다. 이 제품은 USB 타입-C 단자를 세계 최초로 적용했다. 사용자가 이 단자를 이용해 모니터와 노트북을 연결하면 4K 화질의 영상, 사진 등을 모니터에서 볼 수 있고, 동시에 노트북을 충전할 수 있다. 이 경우에 노트북을 충전하기 위해 별도의 어댑터를 사용할 필요가 없어서 편리하다. 최신 USB 타입-C 단자는 그램 15 노트북, G5 스마트폰 등 최신 IT기기에 적용되고 있다.

사용자는 마우스 조작만으로 화면을 얼마나 밝게 할지, 몇 개의 창을 띄워서 쓸지를 설정할 수 있다. 기존에는 모니터 모서리에 있는 버튼을 여러 번 눌러서 바꿔야 했다.

4K 콘텐츠가 더욱 풍성해지고 있다. 영화, 드라마 등을 서비스하는 넷플릭스, 글로벌 게임 업체인 블리자드 등이 4K 콘텐츠를 잇따라 선보이고 있다. 유튜브에 등록된 4K 콘텐츠도 이미 1,700만 건을 넘어섰다. 이뿐 아니라 소비자들이 ‘LG G5’ 등 최신 스마트폰으로 4K 콘텐츠를 직접 만들 수도 있다.

울트라HD 모니터 신제품의 출하가는 27UD88이 75만원, 27UD68P가 65만원이다.

LG전자 한국영업 HE마케팅FD 담당 허재철 상무는 “4K 콘텐츠에 최적화한 울트라HD 모니터로 차세대 모니터 시장을 지속 선도할 것”이라고 강조했다.

Foxconn Takes Over Sharp…what will happen to Samsung·LG?

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Foxconn Decided to Buy Sharp for Approx. $ 3.5 billion, Source: Foxconn

 

On March 30, 2016, Taiwan’s Hon Hai’s Foxconn agreed to buy Sharp for about $ 3.5 billion. With this decision, there is much focus on how it will affect Korean display and set companies including Samsung and LG.

 

Foxconn, primarily an electronics contractor manufacturer, became responsible for Apple’s iPhone production and continued its growth. The fact that through this takeover Foxconn now possesses display mass production ability can greatly affect Korean companies that are currently leading the display and set market.

 

◆ Competition with Samsung·LG for iPhone Panel Supply Intensifies

 

A possible scenario for future includes Foxconn becoming a strong competitor for Samsung Display and LG Display in smartphone OLED sector for Apple’s iPhone.

 

Although Sharp is a company that produces LCD, it is estimated that Foxconn will invest in Sharp to mass produce OLED.

 

Apple is expected to release OLED equipped iPhone from 2017, and it is known that Samsung Display, strong in OLED, have agreed to supply the initial volume. As Apple has been close with LG in supply and demand of display, some believe that LG Display will become the biggest supplier in future.

 

However, if Apple’s key collaborator Foxconn begins to produce OLED, it could become a strong rival for Samsung and LG.

Sharp Headquarters, Source: Wikipedia

Sharp Headquarters, Source: Wikipedia

 

◆ Suggestion of Foxconn’s Own Brand Set Production Prospect

Foxconn, despite being a contract manufacturer, became widely known with great growth. As such, the company could branch out into producing sets under their own brand name. Furthermore, with the display mass production now possible with the Sharp takeover, this scenario is gaining traction. According to market experts, Foxconn is now able to expand its smartphone and TV set business. As Chinese set companies are rapidly growing to threaten Korean companies, the prospect of Foxconn’s set business cannot be ignored.

 

One display expert explained that as a key collaborator of Apple, Foxconn can successfully enter the smartphone panel market. He further analyzed that with Foxconn’s expertise in set production, their own brand set release is not too much to expect, and that this will be easier with the takeover of Sharp.

Blossoming April… Hurt by LCD, Heal with OLED

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

Flexible OLED from LGD(CES 2016)

From April, the display industry is estimated to start mending the damage carried out by LCD with OLED.

 

In Q1 2016, Korean display industry suffered due to oversupply of Chinese LCD panels. Market experts believe that Samsung Display and LG Display will announce large Q1 deficit in April due to LCD.

 

However, the display market is expected to actively improve its performance from April.

 

Dong-won Kim, analyst with Hyundai Securities, estimated that great increase in profit is expected from Q2 2016 due to the increase in OLED operation rate and yield improvement. Also because of profitability improvement effect following LCD panel’s price rebound, the deficit will decrease.

 

LG Display’s performance in OLED sector is expected to noticeably improve. Over 90% of LG Display’s total mass production line is LCD at present. Hence, the fall of LCD price in Q1 is expected to have hit hard and OLED business is also showing deficit.

OLED TV from LG(CES 2016)

◆ After Harsh Q1, Warm Breeze of OLED… Spring for Equipment Industry Too

 

However, this will change from Q2. Analyst Hyeoncheol So of Shinhan Investment forecast that LG Display’s OLED TV sales volume and revenue in Q2 2016 will increase by 144% and 106% respectively. He added that the business deficit of OLED TV sector will greatly decrease.

 

LG Display is anticipating that the deficit will turn to profit in H2 2017, with the business profit of up to 1 trillion KRW in 2017, an increase of 115%.

 

Samsung Display, whose LCD and OLED ratio is 50:50, is expected to show 900,000 million KRW in deficit in LCD sector this first quarter. However, this is estimated to be compensated to some degree by the profit in OLED.

 

Samsung Display and LG Display are actively carrying out investment in OLED panel mass production line in Q1. As well as the investment in turning the existing LCD line to OLED, investment in new OLED line establishment is actively being carried out.

 

As such, with the optimistic outlook on OLED within the display market, flexible OLED manufacturing equipment companies such as Tera Semicon, Viatron Technologies, and Dong A Eltek had been discussed as the favorites of securities companies. In fact, Samsung Display’s flexible OLED manufacturing equipment related key collaborator AP Systems showed remarkable growth recording 12,100 million KRW in business profit last year.

 

UBI Research forecast that Korean companies will strengthen their dominance with their 2016 AMOLED shipment’s 95% occupancy of the global market. As OLED is becoming stronger in the TV, smartphone, and VR market, this will become a huge growth engine for global panel companies such as Samsung and LG.

 

LG G5 to Begin Shipping Worldwide

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter /jjoo@olednet.com

Source : LG Elec.

Source : LG Elec.

Starting this week, LG Electronics (LG) will begin reaching global markets with its highly anticipated LG G5 modular smartphone. The LG G5 will debut in South Korea on March 31 and the United States on April 1 to be followed by countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, among others. Approximately 200 carriers and operators worldwide have committed to offer the G5 in their local markets.

As demonstrated at its unveiling at Mobile World Congress last month in Barcelona, LG G5 is a showcase of cutting-edge technologies and rich features thoughtfully designed deliver a more playful user experience. MWC attendees seemed to agree with the philosophy behind the G5 as the device walked away with a record 33 awards including Best New Smartphone at MWC 2016 from the GSMA’s Glomo Awards, the mobile industry’s longest established awards platform for innovation, excellence and achievement.

“Since MWC, LG G5 and Friends have captured the imagination of consumers everywhere with its engaging take on mobile technology,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Modularity has been talked about for years but no one was able to consumerize it until now and we’re happy to take on the mantle.”

Engagement comes in the form of dual 78- and 135-degree camera lenses for ultra wide angle shots, an Always-on Display that requires no button-pressing to get the latest information and Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 channel audio for cinema-style sound that delivers dialogue and nuanced effects clearly even in loud environments. LG G5 also supports IFTTT (If This Then That), a smart solution that allows users to create a series of action programs called recipes to boost productivity and efficiency.

LG simplified the graphical user interface with a simple, flat look while applying a bright color combination and a semi-transparent blur effect to the GUI. In addition, animation and feedback effects are choreographed at the right moments to deliver a playful and enjoyable experience (https://youtu.be/WqJvMtkmyZI).

The following companion devices, or Friends, will be available in select markets at the time of the G5 rollout or soon after: CAM Plus, LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY (with pouch), 360 VR, 360 CAM (with case), Rolling Bot, TONE Platinum, H3 by B&O PLAY

Prices and exact date of availability will be announced separately in each local market.

“Can’t Cope Because of LCD”… Samsung·LG, in Despair over Large Deficit

Hyunjoo Kang / OLEDNET / jjoo@olednet.com

 

<CES 2016 Exhibition. Many Chinese Companies’ LCD TV Were Present.>

Due to the oversupply of LCD panel in global display market, the opinion that Samsung Display and LG Display will also not be able to avoid large amount of deficit is becoming stronger.

 

As of March 28, according to market experts including securities industry, Samsung Display and LG display will both face sizable deficit in LCD sector this quarter.

 

For Samsung Display, Q1 LCD sector is expected to record up to 900,000 million KRW. The company is estimated to reduce the overall display industry deficit with the OLED profit of approximately 400,000 million – 500,000 million KRW. Consequently, Samsung Display is to record approximately 400,000 million – 500,000 million KRW of deficit in Q1 2016.

 

LG Display, whose over 90% of the current production line is for LCD, is estimated to be hit more directly. LG Display has been showing profit in LCD until 2015, but is expected to turn to deficit in Q1 2016. LG Display has been showing deficit in OLED, and market experts are also expecting more deficit in Q1 2016.

 

◆ Unlike Samsung and LG’s High Quality, China Floods Cheaper LCD

The main reasons that display industry is having difficulty include oversupply of Chinese LCD, and overall market depression. Chinese companies’ affordable LCD supply, backed by active support of Chinese government, is damaging Korean companies.

 

Particularly, companies such as BOE, which greatly improved productivity with much assistance from Chinese government including corporate tax exemption, have been pressuring Samsung, LG, and others in the global LCD market. As the Chinese companies are still aggressively investing in LCD facilities, the LCD oversupply is analyzed to continue until 2018.

 

Accordingly, the majority of the industry believe that both Samsung Display and LG Display will carry out LCD production line restructuring. In a recent conference hosted by information company IHS, senior analyst Jeong Du Kang revealed that LG Display could restructure Gumi’s P2, 3, 4 production lines, and added that some thinks L6 production could stop following the same of L5 production line last year.

 

As expected, both companies do not officially comment on these forecast. However, most of the industry players believe that the production line changes of the 2 companies are inevitable.

 

One display expert explained that “unlike Samsung and LG which do not accept even small faults, Chinese companies are pouring out products with slightly lesser quality armed with lower price, and will dominate the mainstream market”.

 

He also estimated that as Samsung and LG are nearing the situation where they have to give up LCD, the speed of which OLED will settle as the main player within the global display market will increase.

LG전자, ‘UX 5.0’ 공개…G5에 첫 탑재

강현주 기자 / jjoo@olednet.com

출처: LG전자

출처: LG전자

LG전자가  ‘LG UX 5.0’을 공개,‘G5’에 가장 먼저 탑재하고 이후 출시하는 다른 모델에도 순차 적용할 예정이다.

LG전자는 ‘G5’에 세계 최초로 기기끼리 결합할 수 있는 ‘모듈 방식’을 적용해 스마트폰의 무한한 확장 가능성을 제시했다. G5는 주변기기인 ‘LG 프렌즈’와 결합한다.

LG전자는 ‘UX 5.0’를 통해 ▲‘프렌즈’와의 쉬운 연동 ▲비주얼 향상 기능 ▲편의성 강화 등을 구현했다고 설명한다.

‘UX 5.0’의 ‘LG 프렌즈 매니저(LG Friends Manager)’는 다양한 ‘프렌즈’를 ‘G5’와 쉽게 연동하고 제어할 수 있는 통합관리 앱이다.

‘프렌즈 매니저’는 주변의 ‘프렌즈’를 자동으로 인식해 복잡한 절차 없이 연결할 수 있다. 사용자는 G5에 선탑재 된 ‘프렌즈 매너저’를 통해 각 프렌즈의 전용앱을 쉽게 설치할 수 있다.

‘G5’는 360 캠, 롤링봇 등 다양한 프렌즈와 연결해 사진을 찍으면 ‘G5’ 카메라 앨범에서 사진을 모아 볼 수 있다. 사용자는 ‘프렌즈’로 찍은 사진을 찾거나 관리할 수 있다.

LG전자는 ‘G5’에 비주얼 기능을 강화한 카메라 UX를 탑재했다. ‘오토 셀피(Auto Selfie)’는 셀피 촬영 시 사용자가 별도의 버튼을 누르거나 특정 제스처를 취하지 않아도 스마트폰이 사용자의 얼굴을 인식해 자동으로 촬영하는 기능이다. 스마트폰이 사용자의 얼굴을 인식한 후 화면의 움직임이 없으면 1초 뒤 자동으로 촬영된다. ‘오토셀피’는 소비자들의 큰 호응을 얻었던 손바닥을 편 상태에서 주먹을 쥐면 셀피가 찍히는 ‘제스처샷’에서 한 단계 진화한 셀피 UX다.

‘멀티뷰’는 G5의 전후면 3개의 카메라를 이용해 동시에 각기 다른 사진이나 영상을 한 화면에 분할해 담을 수 있는 기능이다. 특히 사용자가 ‘G5’를 ‘LG 360 캠’과 연결하면 ‘G5’의 카메라뿐 아니라 ‘360 캠’으로 찍은 이미지까지도 한 화면에 담을 수 있다.

‘팝아웃 픽처’는 2개의 후면 카메라로 동시에 촬영한 사진을 한 화면에 겹쳐 보여주는 기능이다. 사용자는 광각 카메라로 찍은 부분을 흐리거나 흑백으로 만들어 일반각으로 찍은 장면이 마치 액자 안에 있는 듯한 색다른 사진을 얻을 수도 있다. 광각카메라로 찍은 사진은 흑백, 비네트, 흐림 등 효과를 줄 수 있다. 각 효과는 중복해 적용 가능하다.

‘필름 효과’는 필름 카메라 특유의 감성을 느낄 수 있는 스마트폰 사진 필터다. 사용자는 사진을 찍기 전에 ‘필름 효과’가 적용된 화면을 미리 보고, 자신이 원하는 색감을 선택할 수 있다.

LG전자는 ‘LG G5’에 스마트폰 최초로 탑재한 135도 광각 카메라를 보다 직관적으로 이용할 수 있도록 ‘줌인앤아웃’을 적용했다. 사용자들은 두 손가락을 모으거나 펼치는 동작만으로 일반각과 광각을 자연스럽게 전환할 수 있어 마치 하나의 렌즈처럼 사용할 수 있다.

사용자는 ‘360 월페이퍼’ 기능을 통해‘360 캠’으로 찍은 이미지를 배경화면으로 설정하면 홈화면을 360 파노라마 뷰어처럼 볼 수 있다. 스마트폰을 상하좌우로 움직이면 스마트폰의 움직임에 따라 배경화면도 따라 움직인다.

‘UX 5.0’은 사용자들이 앱 설치와 제거를 직관적으로 할 수 있도록 ‘홈 스크린’ 화면과 ‘앱 서랍’ 화면을 하나로 통일했다. 이를 통해 앱을 설치하거나 삭제할 때 사용자의 혼란을 최소화하고 앱 진입 경로도 단순화 했다. 기존 방식에 익숙한 사용자는 홈 설정에서 기존 방식의 홈화면을 다운받아 사용할 수 있다.

‘LG 헬스’는 사용자의 활동량을 체크해 ‘일반(Beginner) 모드’나 ‘프로(Advanced) 모드’로 나눠주며 각 모드에 적합한 운동 데이터를 제공한다. 일반모드 사용자의 운동량이 일정 수준으로 넘어서면 자동으로 프로모드로 전환된다. 또 사용자의 활동량을 시각적으로 보여주고 도전과제를 지속적으로 업데이트 하는 등 사용자가 운동을 계속 할 수 있도록 도와준다.

‘UX 5.0’에는 사용자가 잘 사용하지 않는 앱이나 파일을 찾아서 정리해 주는 스마트 클리닝 기능에서 한층 더 발전한 ‘스마트 닥터’ 기능이 추가됐다. 스마트 닥터는 사용자의 습관을 분석해 예상되는 문제를 미리 진단하고 해결 방법을 알려 주는 지능형 스마트폰 관리 기능으로 스마트폰이 항상 최적의 상태를 유지할 수 있도록 도와준다. 예를 들어 배터리를 완전 방전한 후 교체하는 사용자에게는 ‘올바른 배터리 충전 습관’에 대해 안내를 해 주는 식이다.

‘세계시간’은 기준 도시의 시간을 변경하면, 등록된 다른 도시의 시간도 함께 연동해 바뀌는 것을 시각적으로 보여준다. 예를 들어 서울 시간을 오후 3시로 맞추면 뉴욕은 오전 1시, 런던은 오전 6시로 함께 변경된다.

‘LG 백업’은 이전 스마트폰과 NFC 태깅만으로도 데이터 전송을 할 수 있어 스마트폰끼리 연결할 때 복잡한 설정을 할 필요가 없다. ‘LG 백업’은 스마트폰에 저장된 사진, 메모 등을 백업해 다른 스마트폰으로 옮길 수 있는 기능이다. LG전자 스마트폰 뿐 아니라 타 제조사의 스마트폰에서도 사용이 가능하다.

‘파일 매니저’는 마치 PC처럼 파일을 관리할 수 있는 기능이다. 상단에 있는 파일 경로를 버튼화 해 파일 경로를 누르면 해당 폴더로 바로 이동할 수 있다. 문서, 영상, 이미지 등의 필터 검색 기능도 있어 원하는 파일을 빨리 찾을 수 있다.

‘올웨이즈온’은 화면이 꺼져 있어도 시간, 요일, 날짜, 배터리 상태 등 기본 정보는 물론 문자, SNS 등의 알림 정보를 24시간 디스플레이에 표시해 주는 기능이다.

LG전자는 ‘G5’에 고유의 보안 방식인 노크 코드와 함께 지문인식 기능도 탑재해 소비자가 원하는 방식을 선택할 수 있도록 했다.

LG전자 대표이사 MC사업본부장 조준호 사장은 “LG UX 5.0은 스마트폰 사용자의 라이프 스타일을 분석해 확장된 모바일 경험과 뛰어난 편의성을 제공한다”고 강조했다.

LG UX 5.0, Equipped to G5

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

 

Souece : LG Elec.

Souece : LG Elec.

 

With the imminent consumer rollout of the new LG G5, LG Electronics (LG) will also be introducing a new version of its mobile user interface, LG UX 5.0. Designed for a more playful and innovative mobile experience, LG UX 5.0 will offer advanced features and greater convenience not only for LG G5 users but owners of upcoming smartphone models as well.

Based on Android’s latest Marshmallow OS, LG UX 5.0 conveys LG’s philosophy on the future of mobiles. LG UX 5.0 is an enjoyable, enhanced and user-centric UX that supports easy connection for optimal control of LG Friends and delivers a more convenient and powerful experience by adding new functions that allow users to enjoy the G5 to its maximum potential.

“We analyzed the lifestyle of smartphone users to provide a superior mobile experience and greatly expanded the usability with LG UX 5.0,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG UX 5.0 and G5 were designed to provide an innovative user experience that reflects the needs of our most demanding customers.”

An Enjoyable UX for Connecting with LG Friends

The highlight of LG UX 5.0 is LG Friends Manager, a versatile application that enables users to easily connect with and control the modules and accessories known as LG Friends. LG Friends Manager intuitively detects nearby accessories for easy pairing with LG G5, easily downloading and installing all the required apps from the Google Play Store. No hassles, no hunting. With LG Friends Manager, the process of connecting the LG G5 to its Friends couldn’t get any easier.

LG Friends Manager generates a different display for each LG Friend. When paired with the 360 CAM, the screen on the G5 will display photo previews and the available shooting modes. The Friends Camera Album in the Gallery enables users to categorize and manage images captured with LG Friends such as 360 CAM and Rolling Bot.

An Enhanced UX for a Powerful Visual Experience

The greatest advantage of LG UX 5.0 is its enhanced support for LG G5’s extremely powerful camera. Image and video capturing has never been so enjoyable with features such as:

Zoom In & Out – Seamlessly switch between the standard 78-degree lens to the 135-degree wide angle lens by simply pinching the screen.

Auto Shot – An enhanced version of Gesture Shot, take the perfect selfies with this smart feature which triggers the shutter as soon as the users’ face is recognized.

Multi View – Captures different angles of images at the same exact moment using the front and rear cameras of the G5 and the LG 360 CAM.

360 Wallpaper – Images taken with the LG 360 CAM can be displayed as a 360 panorama, shifting in sync with movements of the G5.

Pop-out Picture – Combine two images taken simultaneously with the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect.

Film Effect – Raise the level of effects with this set of filters that deliver an “analog” feel to photos. Use Camera Preview to preview and change a filter on the fly before taking the shot.

A User-Centric UX for Greater Convenience

LG refined its user interface and included several new smart features on LG UX 5.0 to enhance usability and convenience, such as:

New Home – LG combined its Home Screen with the App Drawer in LG UX 5.0 to simplify the user experience. Users who prefer the traditional style can download the Home & App Drawer directly from the settings menu on the LG G5.

LG Health – Upgraded for UX 5.0, LG Health provides a Beginner as well as Advanced mode matched to the user’s profile. Start with Beginner and switch to Advanced once your activities reach a certain level, staying motivated along the way with visual details of your progress.

Always-on – Avoid the hassle of turning on the smartphone display just to check the time. With Always-on, all your key information including the date, notifications and SMS icon are displayed on the screen at all times.

Smart Doctor – Keep your G5 performing at its optimal level with solutions and tips based on your usage habits.

World Clock – Enhanced with an attractive graphical user interface, this smart clock displays the time in selected cities around the world and immediately syncs them to whatever local time you set for easy scheduling of phone calls and meetings.

File Manager – Navigate the G5 as easily as navigating your PC with direct access to any folders or files indicated by the directory path at top. Use the new search filter to find documents, videos and images anywhere on your G5.

Quick Help – Find answers to any questions about the G5 quickly and easily or request feedback by e-mail.

LG Backup – Use LG Backup and NFC to restore conveniently from other Android phones and now record conversations from your favorite messenger app.

Diverse Security Method – In addition to LG’s familiar Knock Code, accurate fingerprint recognition is now built into LG UX 5.0 to provide added convenience and security.

Samsung, Even if OLED TV is Released, Different from LG

Hyunjoo Kang / Reporter / jjoo@olednet.com

<LG Elec. is Introducing OLED TV in CES 2016>

 

Within the TV market, there is an opinion that even Samsung Electronics which believes it is not yet the time for OLED panel cannot continue to insist on LCD. Experts estimate that even if it is the same OLED TV, Samsung Elec. will differentiate the actualization method from competitors’ including LG Electronics. One of the possibilities suggested is Samsung’s selection of ink-jet printed OLED TV panel.

 

Hyun-Suk Kim, Samsung Elec. Visual Display department’s vice president, who recently announced new LCD based SUHD TV mentioned that OLED TV is premature and also needs technological improvements.

 

However, it looks to be difficult for Samsung to insist on LCD TV only in the long term. China is threatening Korean companies in LCD panel market with superior price competitiveness; there is too much risk for Korean display companies such as Samsung Display to invest further in LCD production line. Although Samsung Elec. is not receiving panel supply exclusively from Samsung Display, Samsung Display is the biggest supplier. Therefore, Samsung Display’s LCD investment reduction is also expected to affect Samsung Elec.’s TV business.

 

Furthermore, Samsung Elec. is in the position of having to emphasize OLED’s superior picture quality over LCD in smartphone business, but highlight the opposite in TV. This is also an issue that needs to be tackled.

 

Despite these issues, Samsung cannot easily start on OLED TV as several problems such as price competitiveness have not been solved.

 

<Hyun-Suk Kim, Samsung Elec.’s Vice President, is Introducing New SUHD TV>

 

◆ Ink-jet Printing, Can it Solve OLED for TV Price Issue?

 

According to Dong-won Kim, analyst with Hyundai Securities, Samsung Display, with Samsung Elec. as the biggest client, has unfavorable structure for reducing production cost as 65 inch OLED TV panel production efficiency is low in Gen8 line.

 

Kim estimated that Samsung Display will apply solution process ink-jet printing technology to OLED TV with 2018 mass production target in order to solve this problem.

 

When producing OLED TV panel, WRGB OLED method, which uses evaporation method, can only reduce production cost by certain amount as the material usage efficiency is low. On the other hand, ink-jet printing RGB technology finely deposits ink in liquid form and can reduce materials cost. Additionally, RGB OLED has fewer organic layers compared to WRGB OLED and processes can be decreased.

 

For these reasons, some believe that Samsung will select ink-jet printing method rather than evaporation for OLED TV in future. There is also a view that LG Display, which is currently using evaporation method, will also actively consider producing ink-jet printed OLED TV panel in the long term.

 

A display expert explained that although ink-jet printing processes are simpler than evaporation method, that does not necessarily mean materials cost is always cheaper. The ink-jet printing technology is not yet perfect, and particularly for blue the efficiency issue has not yet been solved.

 

He added that Samsung Elec. has strong tendency to differentiate itself from competitors such as LG, and even if Samsung Elec. releases OLED TV, it is likely that ink-jet printing, which is different from LG, will be the preferred method.

LG Electronics Launches 58:9 Signage…Transforms Columns and Corners to Billboards

Hyunjoo Kang, Reporter, OLEDNET

<LG Elec. Launched 58:9 Ultra Stretch Signage. Source: LG Elec.>

 

On March 23, LG Electronics launched world’s first 86 inch 58:9 commercial display Ultra Stretch.

 

Ultra Stretch signage allows places which have been difficult to install signage, such as columns and corners, to be used as billboards.

 

LG Elec.’s Ultra Stretch has the widest screen ratio of the signage released. The display is 2,158 mm wide and 349 mm long, and can be installed horizontally or vertically.

 

Ultra Stretch can be used on media pole, which is integrated into columns within buildings such as airports or hotels, and billboards above building entrances. Total of 16 units of Ultra Stretch, maximum 4 units lined horizontally and vertically, can be tiled. When installed on a separate stand, Ultra Stretch can be moved to where needed.

 

This product uses LG IPS panel, and with ultra HD resolution (3840 x 600), small writing as well as customary images are clearly shown. The IPS panel has wide viewing angle of 178°, and clean images can be viewed from any directions.

 

With consideration for commercial use of signage, it was designed to for easy editing of contents as well as other amenities. The display can be divided into 4 screens maximum and provide diverse information simultaneously.

 

For example, if installed in an airport, the display can be divided into 4 sections and each can show information such as weather, traffic information, news, advertisement, and others. This will allow foreign visitors to easily receive information.

 

SuperSign W media editor is equipped for easy transformation of existing contents to 58:9 ratio. Ultra Stretch also includes around 30 sample styles specific to the product.

 

LG Elec.’s Korean B2B Marketing representative explained that Ultra Stretch is a signage never been experienced and will lead the new commercial display market.

[Analyst Column] CES 2016 Press Conference Comparison Analysis, Samsung Elec. TV vs. LG Elec. TV

Choong Hoon Yi, Chief Analyst, UBI Research

 

When Samsung Electronics, CES’ most important company, holds a press conference, members of the media wait longer than an hour anticipating the new world the firm will show. For LG Electronics’ press conference, the waiting period is relatively shorter.

 

However, the press conferences at CES 2016 were not as anticipated. In CES and IFA, the representative of electronic appliances companies is TV. However, the TV in Samsung Electronics’ event was merely the same SUHD TV as shown before. Instead, ICT area, such as VR, USB adaptor, and Samsung Pay, was emphasized. During the last year’s CES, Samsung Electronics received much acclaim with curved design added SUHD TV. The only difference for this year’s TV from CES 2015’s was the text ‘Quantum Dot Display’ underneath the SUHD.

 

 

Samsung Electronics is considered the rule maker of the market with new designs and aggressive marketing. The fact that Samsung Electronics only added the words quantum dot to the already applied SUHD TV LCD panel is analyzed to be a desperate measure demonstrating the LCD TV’s development limitation.

 

On the other hand, during their press conference, LG Electronics provided a vision where the TV market can have another growth spurt through the introduction of the improved OLED TV with 800 nit peak brightness. Particularly, NASA’s video of vivid deep black of the space and dynamic fiery red of the sun on the OLED TV brought the audiences to cheer and applause. What could only have been seen by astronauts can now be seen by everyone through OLED TV. This was an event where everyone could feel what a true display really is.

 

 

Of course, as the largest market of the consumer market is smartphone, it would be illogical to discuss Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics with only TV. However, Samsung Electronics’ smartphone business also remained stationery last year and all businesses, excluding semiconductor, is falling downward. As such, for Samsung fans who have high expectations it is of much concern.

 

The reason that the companies that led electronic appliance industry for the past half century such as Sony, Panasonic, and Toshiba are falling is because they did not have paradigm changing technology and product when the market was stalling. The same unfortunate sign is coming from Samsung Electronics.

 

Chinese set companies including TCL also brought quantum dot technology applied LCD TV to CES 2016. 8K TV was also exhibited. Although the picture quality control technology of the Chinese TV companies still falls short compared to companies such as Samsung Electronics, LC Electronics, and Sony, the set exterior reached similar standards and the price is less than 70% of the early starters’. The difference in the picture quality is difficult to distinguish for those who are not TV or display experts. The quality of Chinese products does not reflect the cheaper price, and cheap and good products are pouring in from China.

 

For Samsung Electronics that cannot produce OLED TV, in order to repeat the last year’s popularity in international events such as IFA in later this year, a big issue and product that can represent the company are urgently needed.

 

[CES 2016] Skyworth’s 2016 OLED TV Sales Target is 200,000 Units

Skyworth, the most enthusiastic Chinses TV company, placed OLED TV on the front of the CES 2016 booth, the largest space.

 

 

The exhibition concept, same as IFA 2015, was promotion of OLED TV’s superiority over LCD in terms of picture quality and fast response time through car racing game.

 

Furthermore, all OLED TVs exhibited this year are UHD resolution aiming for the premium TV market.

 

According to Skyworth, 2015 OLED TV sales performance is 45,000 units, with the target of 200,000 units in 2016. In 2015, the performance was weak as the OLED panel supply from LG Display was not smooth. However, compared to last year, in 2016 the panel supply from LG Display increased, and as OLED TV is a very popular product in Chinese market due to its superior picture quality compared to LCD the sales target of 2016 became much higher.

 

What is different about this exhibition is the fact that the video clip used in the Skyworth OLED TV booth is the same as the NASA video produced by LG Electronics for promotion. Previously, each companies presenting OLED TV used different contents on the screen. However, in this exhibition, by showing the same video of the sun within the space, they emphasized OLED TV’s superiority in contrast ratio and picture quality of black.

 

 

This is considered LG’s ecosystem strategy to secure OLED TV territory by sharing the video contents and increasing the consumers and attendees’ OLED TV awareness.

[CES 2016] OLED TV Passes UHD Alliance Standards

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As a press event of CES 2016 (January 6-9), UHD Alliance, which was created by TV manufacturing companies, contents companies such as film studios, and picture and sound quality related companies to energize the declining TV market, gave a presentation on future UHD TV market and UHD Alliance activities.

 

The TV market recorded approximately 230 million units in 2015. However, this is 20 million units fewer than 2014’s 250 million, and CES reported that 2016 performance will be similar to 2015. 2016’s estimated UHD TV market, which is the premium market of 55 inch or larger, is 21% of the total TV market with approximately 48 million units.

 

The 4 key factors that UHD Alliance is pursuing in UHD TV are image resolution, color bit depth, color palate, and high dynamic range.

 

LCD TV and OLED TV that satisfy these factors are to be available from this year. In order to respond to OLED’s vivid color realization, LCD TV companies developed quantum technology. Also to draw near OLED’s contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 they are continuing technology development, but the LCD contrast ratio remains around 3,000:1.

 

It is worth noting that UHD Alliance provided 2 HDR specs: more than 1,000 nits peak brightness at less than 0.05 nits black level, or 540 nits brightness with 0.0005 black level.

 

LG Electronics already achieved UHD Alliance’s HDR spec of 540 nit peak brightness last year, and this is analyzed to provide foundation for more invigorated future OLED TV market. Based on this, OLED TV is expected to be the main force within the UHD TV market.

 

Additionally, UBI Research estimated that 2016 OLED TV market will record 1,200,000 units.

 

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Reviewing 2015 OLED Industry through Keywords

  1. OLED TV

OLED TV, first released in Q4 2013, recorded approximately 50,000 units of shipment each in Q1 and 2 this year. The shipment increased to 100,000 units in Q3, more than twice the amount of each quarter in H1 2015. As it is estimated that close to 200,000 units were released in Q4, over 90% of LG Display’s 2015 target is expected to be achieved. This is considered to be showing price competitiveness against other TV as the price of OLED TV fell to 1/2 of the initial price and effectiveness of aggressive marketing emphasizing the advantages of OLED TV compared to newly released LCD TV. In Q3 earnings results announcement, LG Display revealed their plan of 1,000,000 units of OLED TV panel shipment in 2016 and forecast OLED TV’s growth. For the industry, 2015 has been the year that secured foothold for OLED TV’s market expansion.

 

  1. Galaxy S6 Edge

At the time of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge’s release, Samsung Electronics estimated the initial supply to be 50:50. However, Galaxy S6 Edge showed 70% in actual demand and this led to shortage in supply. Samsung Display met the demand by starting flexible AMOLED line operation earlier than scheduled. 2015 proved future market growth potential by opening consumers’ wallets through designs possible only with flexible AMOLED panel.

 

  1. Samsung Display Supply Diversification

During the Q3 earnings announcement, Samsung Display revealed their plan to expand non-Samsung clients by 30%. Accordingly, in Q3, when smartphone market’s growth was expected to slow down, the sales performance improved by 13% compared to its previous quarter through key client’s new product release and expansion of client base. Particularly, the market occupation of AMOLED panel shipped toward China is analyzed to have increased within the global mobile market as Chinese set companies released AMOLED panel equipped smartphones.

 

  1. Apple’s OLED Application

Apple, which has been using LCD panel for all products, first applied flexible AMOLED panel, produced by LG Display, to 2015 smartwatch Apple Watch and drew much attention. In H2, Apple diversified suppliers by using Samsung Display’s flexible AMOLED panel. This move is analyzed to be groundwork for flexible OLED application to smartphone following smartwatch. 2015 has been a year with much interest in when flexible AMOLED panel equipped iPhone will be released.

 

  1. OLED Lighting

Global OLED lighting industry went through a great transformation in 2015. OLEDWorks announced they will acquire key parts of Philips’ OLED lighting business, relevant production facilities, and intellectual property. With this take over, OLEDWorks greatly expanded business through widened product portfolio and simultaneous lighting panel mass production in the US and Germany. LG Chem. transferred OLED lighting business to LG Display. The value of transfer is 1.6 billion KRW, and it is seen to be a strategy to increase competiveness by transferring the business to LG Display with their OLED panel mass production knowledge and to focus on existing materials business. The take over and business transfer of the main players in OLED lighting industry, OLEDWorks and LG Chem., are following their own business strategy. However, following these moves, related investment is expected to be delayed for some time and eyes are on how these will affect the OLED lighting business overall.

 

[Analyst Column] LCD Industry Administration to Worsen after 3 Years

Choong Hoon Yi, Chief Analyst, UBI Research

 

 

BOE is intending to carry out a large amount of investment in order to operate Gen10.5 LCD line from 2018. Meanwhile, key set makers including Apple, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Panasonic are devising strategy to move from LCD to OLED for smartphone and premium TV displays. As such, it is becoming more likely for the LCD industry to be in slump from 2018.

 

At present, the area where LCD industry can create profit is LTPS-LCD for smartphone. The forecast smartphone market for this year is approximately 15 billion units. Of this, Samsung Electronics and Apple are occupying 20% and 15% of the market respectively. OLED equipped units are less than 2 billion.

 

However, from 2018 the conditions change greatly. Firstly, Apple, which has been using LCD panel only, is estimated to change approximately 40% of the display to OLED from 2017 earliest and 2018 latest. Apple is testing flexible OLED panels of JDI, LG Display, and Samsung Display, and recommending them to invest so flexible OLED can be applied to iPhone from 2017. The total capa. Is 60K at Gen6. As new investments for Gen6 line of Samsung Display and LG Display are expected to be carried out from 2016, supply is theoretically possible from 2017.

 

Source: UBI Research Database

Source: UBI Research Database

 

If 5inch flexible OLED is produced from Gen6 line, under the assumption of 50% yield at 60K capa. 65 million units can be produced annually, and approximately 1 billion units if the yield is 80%. If Apple’s iPhone shipment in 2017 is estimated to be around 2.7 billion units, within the 50-60% yield range approximately 25% of the display is changed to OLED from LCD, and if yield reaches 80% around 40% will change. The companies that are supplying Apple with LCD for smartphone, LG Display, JDI, and Sharp, are expected to show considerable fall in sales and business. These 3 companies could be reduced to deficit financial structure just from Apple’s display change

 

Furthermore, as Apple is not producing low-priced phones, under the assumption that future iPhone could all have OLED display, Apple could cause the mobile device LCD industry to stumble after 3 years.

 

Samsung Electronics also is gradually changing Galaxy series display to OLED from LCD. Of the forecast 2015 shipment of 3 billion units, 50%, 1.5 billion units, has OLED display, but Samsung Electronics is expected to increase flexible OLED and rigid OLED equipped products in future. Particularly, as Apple is pushing for flexible OLED application from 2017, Samsung Electronics, whose utilizing OLED as the main force, is estimated to increase flexible OLED usage more than Apple. It is estimated that all Galaxy series product displays will be changed to OLED from 2019.

 

 

Under these assumptions, of the estimated smartphone market in 2020 of approximately 20 billion units, Samsung Electronics and Apple’s forecast markets’ 7 billion could be considered to use OLED.

 

Samsung Display is strengthening supply chain of set companies using their OLED panels. Samsung Display is supplying OLED panels to diverse companies such as Motorola and Huawei as well as Samsung Electronics, and also expected to supply rapidly rising Xiaomi from 2016. If smartphone display is swiftly changed to OLED from LCD from 2017, Chinese display companies that are currently expanding TFT-LCD lines are to be adversely affected.

 

Additionally, in the premium TV market, LG Electronics mentioned that they will focus on OLED TV industry at this year’s IFA2015. As a part of this, LG Display is planning to expand the current Gen8 34K to 60K by the end of next year. Furthermore, in order to respond to the 65inch market, Gen9.5 line investment is in consideration. In the early 2015, Panasonic commented that they were to withdraw from TV business but changed strategy with new plans of placing OLED TV on the market in Japan and Europe from next year.

 

As Samsung can no longer be disconnected from the OLED TV business, there are reports of investment for Gen8 OLED for TV line in 2016. Although OLED TV market is estimated to be approximately 350 thousand units this year, in 2016, when Panasonic joins in, it is expected to expand to 1.2 million units. The OLED TV’s market share in ≥55inch TV market is estimated to be only 4% but in premium TV market it is estimated to be significant value of ≥10%.

 

 

 

 

If Samsung Display invests in Gen8 OLED for TV line in 2016, from H2 2017 supply to Samsung Electronics is possible. As OLED Gen8 line’s minimum investment has to be over 60K to break even, it can be estimated that Samsung Display will invest at least 60K continuously in future.

 

Under these conditions, LCD industry can only be in crisis. Firstly, it becomes difficult for Sharp to last. Sharp, which is supplying TFT-LCD for Apple’s iPhones and LCD for Samsung Electronics’ TV, will lose key customers. Secondly, BOE, AUO, and JDI, the companies selling LCD panels to these companies, are not ready to produce OLED and therefore damage is inevitable.

 

BOE is carrying out aggressive investment with plans to lead the display industry in future with operation of Gen10.5 LCD line. Therefore, from 2018, as the main cash cow items disappear, administration pressure could increase.

 

LG Electronics Bets on OLED TV

LG Electronics actively began aggressive marketing for OLED TV.

 

In IMID Exhibition (October 14-16), LG Electronics installed an OLED comparison experience zone to allow the visitors to see OLED TV and LCD TV at once. This direct comparison exhibition with OLED and LCD is the 2nd one after one in WIS 2015. In this exhibition in IMID Exhibition 2015, LG Electronics presented their new 2015 release 55inch UHD LCD TV and 55inch UHD OLED TV. This is considered a reflection of LG Electronics’ determination to target the market through OLED TV rather than LCD TV.

 

LCD TV is illuminated through BLU and therefore difficult to achieve perfect black. Through IMID Exhibition 2015’s comparison experience zone, LG Electronics emphasized OLED TV’s merits such as perfect black, perfect viewing angle, and ultra slim design.

 

Since the release of OLED TV, LG Electronics continued presentations that emphasized OLED TV’s advantages in diverse exhibitions. However, recently they are pursuing aggressive promotion focusing on OLED even exhibiting comparison against their own latest LCD TV. On the other hand, their rival Samsung Electronics is maintaining their 2-track strategy of using OLED and LCD in different applications each. The industry is focused on how these development will affect the large area TV market.

 

OLED Comparison Experience Zone, LG Display, IMID 2015

OLED Comparison Experience Zone, LG Display, IMID 2015

Samsung and LG’s Shared Vision for OLED

On the first day of OLEDs World Summit (October 27-29) held in Berkeley, USA, Samsung Display and LG Display gave their talks back to back. Samsung Display’s Vice President Chang Hoon Lee and LG Display’s Joo Soo Lim discussed their thoughts on OLED under the titles of ‘The Future of OLEDs’ and ‘A Future Game Changer’ respectively.

Samsung Display’s Lee, who gave his presentation first, reiterated Samsung Display’s leadership position in the mobile market and how Samsung Electronics’ recent mobile display reflects this. Comparing RGB pixel structure and their own diamond pixel structure, Lee drew comparison between human eyes and diamond pixels; due to cell distribution in eyes, humans are more sensitive to green colors and that diamond pixels reflect this by having twice as many green subpixels as blue and red ones. The diamond pixels also maximize the sub-pixel packing and increases the PPI.

Regarding the advantages of OLED display, Lee gave 2 examples using Samsung Electronics’ latest smartphone models. Utilizing the fact that selective control of each pixel is possible in AMOLED displays, Samsung provided Vision Aid to help people with color blindness. OLED’s ability to achieve total black is used in Super Dimming function where screen brightness can be reduced to 2nits to be used in the dark environment.

LG Display’s Lim revealed that an adult in the US spends 9 hours 40 minutes a day on average looking at one form of display or another. Highlighting the need and importance of quality display, Lim also discussed advantages of OLED display over LCD such as total black, 3D effects, and color gamut.

As the future OLED display, Both Lee and Lim placed slightly more emphasis on flexible (plastic) OLED than transparent or mirror display. Samsung Display discussed requirements necessary for a successful flexible display in more depth touching on the need for suitable cover window, flexible touch (sensor), flexible encapsulation, and flexible backplane. On the other hand, LG Display discussed flexible display’s design freedom and its influences on the wearable, mobile, and automotive markets. Lim also placed much importance on how flexible OLED can be used in virtual reality display market. The 2 speakers ended their talks affirming the need for new display market and innovation through OLED technology and new applications.

The presentations given by the 2 apparent leaders in the OLED display industry were remarkably similar with both speakers underlining major points of OLED in broad strokes. The need for solutions for future OLED, whether it be flexible, transparent, or mirror display, through innovation and technological advances is an absolute truth if not maybe too obvious. There also may be some comfort to be had in the shared vision within the OLED community. However, it is also a fact that numerous attendees of the conference commented on the similarities of the 2 presentations and the lack of any surprises.

LG UHD OLED TV Price Falls Once More

The price of OLED TV by LG Electronics is falling fast. The 55inch flat UHD OLED TV (55EF9500), released last month, fell to $3,999 in 3 weeks, a 27% decrease from the initial $5,499. This price decrease is much faster than that of LG Electronics’ curved model of 55inch UHD OLED TV released in April.

 

Samsung Electronics’ 55inch SUHD TV, UN55JS9000, showed approximately over $2,500 price difference in comparison with 55EF9500 between the 1st week and the 2nd week of September. However, in the 3rd week, UN55JS9000 and 55EF9500 each showed 4% and 15% of decrease rate to record $2,497 and $3,999 respectively, with approximately $1,500 difference. This is the highest reduction rate for LG Electronics’ OLED TV.

 

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In addition to the price reduction, LG Electronics is marketing their products aggressively. They are in the process of installing OLED TV this month in 39 key airports in 23 countries including the US, Germany, and Russia, with plans to install approximately 200 units of OLED TV by the end of October.

OLED TV, Pay Attention to China and UHD

IFA 2015 that opened on September 4, closed its curtains on 9. This year’s IFA was similar to IFA 2014 in terms of diverse OLED TV exhibition, but when analyzed in detail there were several differences.

 

First, the emphasis on UHD TV greatly increased. The percentage of UHD resolution of exhibited OLED TV was approximately 71% in IFA 2013, and 70% in IFA 2014. However, in IFA 2015, the percentage increased to approximately 92%. If the main theme for IFA 2014 was curved OLED TV products, UHD was the keyword for IFA 2015.

 

Another important factor is increasing participation by Chinese companies. In IFA 2013, only Haier exhibited OLED TV but this increased to 2 companies, Changhong and TCL, in IFA 2014. In IFA 2015, 3 companies, Haier, Changhong, and Skyworth, presented OLED TV. It is estimated that the OLED TV exhibition attendance by Chinese electronics companies will continue to consistently increase.

 

There is much attention on how many more Chinese companies will participate with OLED TV in IFA next year, and whether a new keyword following UHD will appear. Although IFA 2015 ended, OLED TV market continues to move.

 

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Minus Growth for H1 OLED Material Market with Mere US$ 564 Million*

According to UBI Research, the 2015 H1 OLED material market recorded approximately US$ 564 million; this is a 14% increase compared to 2014 H2, but a 24% decrease against 2014 H1.

 

Despite reports that Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are selling much larger volumes of flexible OLED applied Galaxy S6 Edge and OLED TV respectively compared to last year, the OLED material market is gradually stagnating.

 

The main reason for this OLED material market’s downward turn is Samsung Display’s operation level which remained stationary at 50% in H1. This led to stationary material usage compared to the year before. LG Display is producing flexible OLED and large size OLED panel for TV. However, approximately only 100,000 units of OLED panels were sold in H1 and material usage was also lowl. The current capa. is 34K but as the OLED material cost spent in H1 is approximately US$ 36 million, the operation rate is analyzed to be only 30% of the total capa.

 

The OLED material market is decreasing because the supply price is rapidly falling without increase in production volume. OLED material companies are frustrated at the 10-15% price decrease per quarter. At present, as the only clients are Samsung Display and LG Display, material companies are compelled to reduce the price as the failure to do so could lead toward the termination of business. OLED material companies spend several thousands of millions of dollars annually on development to meet constant improvement demanded by clients. There is much difficulty for OLED material companies as display companies continue with one-sided demands without compensation regarding development cost.

 

For OLED industry to maintain its continued growth, it requires more than success of panel companies. Material companies that play a pivotal part within the industry have to continue development and production of quality materials in order to create a healthy growth cycle. However, display companies are destroying the ecosystem.

 

What OLED material companies currently crave is for Chinese display companies to mass produce OLED panels as soon as possible.

 

* 1 USD = 1,100 KRW

 

OLED Material Market Revenue 2014 H1 – 2015 H1

OLED Material Market Revenue 2014 H1 – 2015 H1

[IFA 2015] Directions for LG Electronics’ OLED TV?

During the media day event for IFA 2015 (September 4 – 9), LG Electronics introduced diverse products centering around OLED TV such as LCD TV, G4, and G Watch Urbane.

 

LG Electronics clearly confirmed that the ultimate TV for the company is OLED TV. At the company booth under the title of the Evolution of TV, LG Electronics revealed that the TV’s final destination is OLED TV.

 

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LG Electronics, IFA 2015

 

At this exhibition, the OLED TV presentation theme returned to the flat design from HDT’s emphasis on black and previous curved design. Until now, curved design focused OLED TV were exhibited, but with the spotlight on flat design in IFA 2015, LG Electronics strongly hinted that future LG OLED TV will switch to flat products.

 

Competitors greatly improved contrast ratio through application of LCD TV and HDR. LCD’s basic contrast ratio is approximately 1,000:1, and in premium products currently being mass produced it has improved to 3,000:1. However, as OLED TV does not use backlight, the minimum contrast ratio is 100,000:1 with maximum of infinite contrast ratio. Through IFA 2015 LG Electronics is planning to actively release HDR technology applied products. In order to achieve this, the company will demonstrate HDR transmission with broadcasting companies such as BBC and publicize OLED TV’s black and white’s superiority over LCD TV.

 

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LG Electronics, IFA 2015

 

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LG Electronics, IFA 2015

 

 

 

LG Electronics provided ‘perfect color’, ‘perfect black’, and ‘perfect angle’ as the superior characteristics of OLED TV. These advantages are inherent characteristics that LG’s WRGB OLED TV can provide that show excellence over LCD TV in any environment.

 

However, the OLED TV presented in this exhibition did not show much improvement from one in IFA 2014, leading to disappointment. It is a point of concern whether WRGB OLED TV has already reached its limitation.

UHD OLED TV, Rapidly Catching Up to SUHD TV Price

OLED TV price, once again, dropped down by a large margin. LG Electronics’ new 2015 model 65inch 4K Ultra HD curved OLED TV (65EG9600) on Amazon (www.amazon.com) fell to US$ 6,999 which is a drop of US$ 2,000 from previous US$ 8,999. The price for 55inch 4K Ultra HD curved OLED TV fell US$ 1,000 to US$ 4,499 from its release price of US$ 5,499. The 2015 new model EG9600 series has panel with improved brightness of 450nit from previous 400nit.

 

The price of Samsung Electronics’ SUHD TV, similar premium product to LG Electornics’, is US$ 4,997 for 65inch (UN65JS9500), and US$ 2,497.99 for 55inch; there is a difference of approximately US$ 2,000 between LG Electronics’’ UHD OLED TV of same size.

 

The comparison between 2015 65inch UHD OLED TV and SUHD TV shows that approx. 40% price difference was shown in April 2015. However in July 2015, the difference was approx. 30%, showing that UHD OLED TV price further fell by approx. 10%.

 

These show that the UHD OLED TV price reduction is occurring rapidly. It is analyzed that the biggest factor for LG Electronics’ UHD OLED TV price fall is production cost reduction due to UHD panel yield increase and competition with set companies that actively began OLED TV sales.

UHD TV Price Trend, Source : UBI Research

UHD TV Price Trend, Source : UBI Research

[Analyst Column] Korean TV Industry, Where to Go?

Dr Choong Hoon Yi, UBI Research Chief Analyst, ubiyi@ubiresearch.co.kr

 

 

Korean TV industry, according to recent reports by media, is showing a red light not being able to escape the deficit structure.

 

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics possess high market share in costly premium TV market. However, in 30inch grade market, the two companies struggle against economically priced sets. In order to maintain sales, Samsung Elec. and LG Elec. are managing diverse product portfolio but business profit keep falling. Due to this, LCD panel stocks produced by Samsung Display and LG Display are steadily increasing.

 

LCD panel business is sinking into a pit.

 

What is the reason that Korea’s LCD TV and LCD business values can only become worse?

 

This can be forecast from looking at Japan’s TV and LCD business. Until the early 2000s, Japan was one of the leaders in electronics. However, Japan’s TV business is gradually dying out. Japan’s leading companies, Sony and Panasonic’s TV business began to be deteriorate because of Korean mid-low price products. In succession, Sony ended up spinning off the TV business, and Panasonic stopped TV business other than for domestic supply. Korean TV companies began to dominate the market. However, only a few years since then, Korean TV industry is losing commercial value, pushed aside by mid-low price products manufactured by China and others.

 

Second is display investment. As Japanese TV industry began to crumble, Japanese display companies had no choice but to stop the investment. The companies could not see a way to make profit through investment even if TV market grew as client companies’ panel purchasing power fell. Korea is the same. Samsung Elec. and LG Elec.’s TV business profitability deterioration led toward Samsung Display and LG Display’s halting the investment. On the other hand, Chinse display companies began Gen10.5 line investment. TV industry relies on assembly business and business network and therefore initial investment cost is low. In comparison, display industry is high risk as it requires large scale investment from early stages. If the business profit falls without investment cost return, companies face great loss and business closure is also not easy.

 

The third reason that Japanese TV companies are dying out is because they could not produce premium TV. Sony, which lost its competitiveness in LCD TV, tried to strengthen its market leadership through 4K TV. However, the brand value was already down and with the lack of marketing value, Sony easily gave up the market to companies in pursuit such as Samsung Elec. and LG Elec. LCD TV already had no difference in quality whether it was produced by a Korean or Japanese company, and brand value order had switched. LCD TV quality produced by Chinese companies is already reached the top. They are no longer companies who produce cheaper knockoffs. Furthermore, LCD panel production technology of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China can now be deemed equal.

 

The final reason that stops Japanese TV business from securing market is that they failed to suggest differentiation point in premium TV. Fundamentally, differentiation is not possible for LCD TV. The biggest differentiation factors in the current TV market are picture quality and design. Any company can produce thin LCD TV and curved LCD TV. Panel size, resolution, and QD-LED using color gamut that LCD can actualize can no longer be differentiated technology. The difference of LCD panel and TV manufacturing technology between Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China is already within a year. No matter what kind of product is released, market control has one year of expiration period. Considering the promotion period required in the market is approximately 6 months, the period where profit can be made is shortened even further.

 

So what is the solution for the Korean TV industry to survive?

 

As I have mentioned dozens of times for several years, what is left is OLED TV. What LCD cannot do in terms of picture quality and design, with OLED it is possible. Therefore, only the non-LCD products can enjoy the key factors of differentiation in premium TV market.

 

Existing premium TV is IPTV, a market that Japanese TV companies have been pursuing since early 2000s. Internet connection is possible through TV and allows for exchange of information in both directions. The basic concept of IPTV is watching TV while searching the information on TV via internet. But how useful is this concept at present? The usefulness of IPTV is becoming increasingly low as smartphone is used to search information, use the internet, and even watch TV. With no reason to use the internet via TV, TV companies should seriously consider whether TV with high white brightness is really needed. Rather than white TV with high brightness, it is time to place more importance in the functions of the TV itself. TV screen only uses 20-30% of full white brightness. Films, with outdoor shooting, falls under 20%, and for contents shot at night, black is more important.

 

Considering ‘blackness’ and design, anyone can find where the solution lies. If the foolish notion of trying to make OLED as bright as LCD is abandoned, there is hope.

 

LG OLED UHD TV, SID 2015

LG OLED UHD TV, SID 2015

 

Samsung OLED UHD TV, IFA 2013

Samsung OLED UHD TV, IFA 2013

Korea, China, and Japan’s OLED TV Alliance to Boost the Market

Korean companies had been leading the OLED TV industry. Before SID 2015 (31 May – 5 June), LG Display and Samsung Display had been the only companies to reveal 4K OLED panels, and until now, LG Electronics has been the only company to sell 4K OLED TV in large quantity. In terms of OLED TV market, despite OLED’s superior characteristics compared to LCD regarding contrast ratio, high viewing angle, fast response time, and thinness, the market share has been limited mostly due to its relative high price. However, this is expected to change soon.

 

LG Electronics has been pushing for OLED TV alliance and corporation with Chinese and Japanese companies. As a result, Chinese and Japanese companies resolved to jump into OLED TV market from the second half of 2015. Japan’s Panasonic and Sony are expected to release OLED TV for the first time later this year. China’s Skyworth, Changhong, Konka, and Hisense are expected begin sales from this fall.

 

Consequently, the number of set companies producing 4K OLED TVs will increase to 7 by the end of 2015. LG Display, the only company that can mass produce OLED panel with 4K resolution, is planning to increase production by 4 times this summer to supply these new to OLED TV set companies.

 

As mentioned above, until SID 2015, LG Display and Samsung Display had been the only companies which showed 4K OLED panels, and with LG Display being the sole company able to mass produce 4K OLED panels. However, in SID 2015, AUO showed their own 4K OLED panel during an author interview session, and CSOT and BOE presented paper on 4K resolution OLED panel. This signifies they possess technology needed for OLED panel production, and with proper investment they can begin mass production.

 

Soon LG Display will no longer be the lone supplier of OLED panels contributing toward increase in shipment of OLED panels and OLED TVs. This will naturally lead to lower cost for consumers and energize OLED TV market.

 

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한국과, 중국, 일본의 OLED TV 동맹, OLED TV 시장 본격 개화

OLED TV 산업은 지금까지 한국 기업들이 이끌어 왔다. 미국 산호세에서 열린 SID 2015 (5/31~6/5) 전까지는 LG디스플레이와 삼성디스플레이가 4K OLED 패널을 공개한 유일한 패널업체였고, 현재까지 OLED TV를 대량으로 판매하는 업체는 LG전자가 유일하다. 그 동안, TV 시장에서는 OLED가 LCD보다 명암비와, 시야각, 응답속도, 두께에 관하여 우월하나 비교적 높은 가격으로 인해 시장점유율이 제한되었다. 하지만, 이제 이는 곧 달라질 것으로 예상된다.

그 동안, LG전자는 OLED TV 동맹으로 중국, 일본 업체들과의 협력을 추진해 왔다. 그 결과 중국과 일본 업체들은 2015년 하반기부터 OLED TV 시장에 뛰어들기로 하였다. 일본의 파나소닉과 소니는 올해 하반기에 OLED TV를 처음으로 출시할 예정이며, 중국의 스카이워스와, 창훙, 콩카, 하이센스는 이번 가을부터 판매를 시작할 계획이다.

결과적으로 2015년 말까지 4K OLED TV를 생산하는 세트업체는 7개로 늘어난다. 4K 해상도의 OLED 패널을 대량 생산할 수 있는 유일한 업체인 LG디스플레이는 OLED TV 생산을 시작하는 세트업체들에 공급하기 위해 올 여름 생산량을 4배 증가시킬 예정이다.

위 언급한 내용과 같이, SID 2015까지 4K OLED 패널을 공개한 업체는 LG디스플레이와 삼성디스플레이가 유일했고, 이 두 업체 중 LG디스플레이만이 4K OLED 패널을 대량 생산 할 수 있다. OLED TV를 생산할 세트업체는 늘어나고 있지만 패널 공급업체는 LG디스플레이 한 곳으로서 장기적으로 봤을 때 추가적인 공급업체가 더 필요할 것으로 예상된다.

이번 SID 2015에서 AUO는 author interview 시간에 4K OLED 패널을 선보였고, CSOT와 BOE는 4K OLED 패널 관련 논문을 발표했다. 이는 AUO와 CSOT, BOE가 OLED 패널 제작에 필요한 기술을 보유하고 있다는 것을 나타내고 있으며, 적절한 시기에 투자가 이루어진다면 대량생산을 시작할 수 있다는 것을 의미한다.

따라서 앞으로 증가할 것으로 예상되는 OLED TV 수요에 맞춰 LG디스플레이뿐 아니라 후발 업체들 또한 OLED TV용 패널을 양산할 것으로 기대되어 OLED 패널과 OLED TV 출하량 증가에 기여할 것으로 전망된다. 이러한 발전은 소비자에게는 낮은 가격으로 연결될 것이고 OLED TV 시장은 활성화 될 것이다.auo1

LG Electronics, Not Selling OLED TV? Or Can’t Sell?

OLED TV business that LG Electronics ambitiously prepared for is remaining at a standstill for more than 2 years. Korean media is reporting that the OLED TV sales in Korea reached 3,000 units per month, but this figure is too weak.

 

The money that LG Display have invested in line establishment for OLED panel for TV is already exceeding approx. US$ 1,400,000,000. Annual depreciation cost for equipment investment alone, excluding cost of labor and material, is approx. US$ 280,000,000.

 

Considering the current cost for FHD OLED TV is approx. US$ 1,800 – 3,300, monthly sales of 3,000 units in Korea only result in approx. US$ 9,400,000. With approx. 10,000 units per month being sold in the world, monthly revenue is merely US$ 23,000,000.

 

Although LG Display is aiming for 600,000 units of OLED panel for TV shipment this year, with LG Electronics’ first quarter world OLED TV sales of approx. 30,000 units, there is concern that only 100,000 – 200,000 units will be sold in 2015.

 

It is difficult to understand whether this uncommonly low sales of LG Electronics’ OLED TV is because they are not selling them or unable to sell them.

 

It seems plain that the initial price of OLED TV in 2013, approx. US$ 14,000, was set in order to not sell. LED TV at the time was being sold at approx. US$ 2,800, and the 5 times more expensive price was too high to be considered a normal premium price. Consequently, the 2013 OLED TV market stopped at around 10,000 units, and in 2014 remained around 100,000 units.

 

At this point, feasible production rate for LG Display’s 55 inch FHD OLED panel needs to be compared. In 2013, LG Display’s M1 line yield rate was approx. 40% with annual possible production of 50,000 – 100,000 units. As the yield rate increased to 80% in 2014, it is estimated that 200,000 units or more would have been produced.

 

Compared to LG Display’s investment cost and production potential, the LG Electronics’ OLED TV sales results are too shabby.

 

Of course, as the current main product on the market is FHD, when the newly released UHD OLED TV market actively opens the figures could always change. However, with 55 inch UHD OLED TV having to compete with Samsung Electronics’ SUHD TV, the market is not so easy. SUHD TV costs approx. US$ 3,700, and UHD OLED TV costs about 25% more with US$ 5,100.

 

Compared to the initial price of FHD OLED TV, approx. US$ 14,000, 2 years ago the UHD OLED TV price is low enough to be quite reasonable. However, with the performance of past 2 years it appears that LG Display might be inadequate to widely open the OLED TV market.

 

It makes one wonder how Samsung Electronics became the world leading company with their OLED panel equipped Galaxy series achieving 20% mobile market share, a market that used to be dominated by LCD panel.

LG전자, OLED TV 안 파나? 못 파나?

LG전자가 야심차게 준비한 OLED TV 사업이 2년이 지나도록 답보 상태에 머물고 있다. 최근 한국 매체에서 한국에서 OLED TV 판매량이 월 3,000대에 달했다고 보도하고 있지만, 이 숫자는 너무 미약하다.

LG디스플레이가 TV용 OLED 패널 라인 구축에 투자한 돈은 이미 1조 5천억원을 넘어가고 있다. 인건비와 재료비 등을 제외한 장비 투자에 대한 연간 감가상각 금액만도 3,000억원이다.

FHD OLED TV 가격이 현재 200만원~350만원 정도인 것을 감안하면 국내 월 3,000대 판매 금액은 약 100억원에 불가하다. 현재 LG전자가 전세계에 판매하고 있는 월 약 10,000대 정도이기 때문에 월 매출은 겨우 250억원 정도이다.

LG디스플레이가 올해 목표로 하고 있는 TV용 OLED 패널 출하량은 60만대이나, LG전자의 1사분기 OLED TV 판매량이 전세계 약 30,000대 정도이기 때문에 2015년 예상 판매량 10~20만대에 불가 할 것으로 우려된다.

LG전자의 OLED TV 매출이 매우 적은 것은 안 팔기 때문인지, 못 팔기 때문인지 이해하기 힘들다.

분명 OLED TV가 처음 나온 2013년의 1,500만원이라는 숫자는 안 팔려고 한 금액이었을 것이다. 당시 LED TV 가격이 약 300만원 정도였기 때문에 5배나 높은 가격은 통상적인 프리미엄 가격이라고 받아 들이기에는 너무 높은 가격이었다. 그 결과 2013년 OLED TV 시장은 1만대 정도에 그쳤고, 2014년은 약 10만대 수준에 머물렀다.

이 시점에서 LG디스플레이가 생산 가능한 55인치 FHD OLED 패널 생산 가능량은 어느 정도인가를 비교해 볼 필요가 있다. LG디스플레이의 2013년 M1 라인 수율은 약 40%였기 때문에 연 생산 가능량은 적어도 5만대, 많으면 10만대 수준이었고, 2014년에는 80%에 도달했기 때문에 20만대 이상이었을 것으로 추정된다.

LG디스플레이의 투자비와 생산 가능량에 비교하면 LG전자의 OLED TV 판매 실적은 너무 초라하다.

물론 현재 팔고 있는 주요 제품은 FHD급이기 때문에 새로 출시된 UHD OLED TV 시장이 본격적으로 열리면 수치는 언제든지 변할 수는 있다. 하지만 55인치 UHD OLED TV는 삼성전자의 SUHD TV와 경쟁해야 하기 때문에 만만치 않은 시장이다. 두 제품의 가격은 SUHD TV가 약 400만원이며, UHD OLED TV는 이 보다 약 25% 정도 높은 550만원 정도이다.

FHD OLED TV 초기 가격이 1,500만원 정도였던 2년전과 비교하면 UHD OLED TV 가격은 매우 합리적인 가격 수준으로 내려왔다. 하지만 지난 2년간의 과거 실적으로서는 LG전자가 OLED TV 시장을 화~알 짝 열기에는 역부족인 것 같다.

삼성전자가 LCD 패널이 주력이었던 smart phone 시장에서 OLED 패널을 탑재한 Galaxy로서 세계 시장의 20%를 점유하며 시장 1위를 차지할 수 있게 된 이유가 새삼 궁금해진다.

 

LG Electronics Actively Release 55 inch UHD OLED TV, Begins Intense Competition with UHD LCD

LG Electronics’ 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV, soon to be released, have been revealed on USA’s Amazon.com (www.amazon.com) in the 3rd week of April for the first time. With the price of US$ 5,499, it is US$ 3,500 lower than 65 inch UHD curved OLED TV (US$ 8,999), and US$ 1,500 higher than Samsung Electronics’ equivalent 55 inch curved SUHD TV (US$ 3,998).

 

Comparing LG Elec.’s 55 inch curved FHD OLED TV and 55/65 inch curved UHD OLED TV with Samsung’s equivalent LED TV and SUHD TV in terms of price on Amazon.com in the 3rd week of April, the price difference are shown to be approx. US$ 1,100 for 55 inch FHD, US$ 1,500 in 55 inch UHD, and US$ 4,000 for 65 inch UHD.

 

The release price for this 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV is more reasonable than previously released models and future market for next generation TV is expected to be fierce; 55 inch FHD curved OLED TV was released at US$ 15,000, and 65 inch UHD curved OLED TV was at US$ 12,000, which were more than twice the price of LCD TV of equal specification.

 

As the price of FHD curved OLED TV is falling by approx. 60% annually since its release, UBI Research’s White OLED Display Annual Report (published on April 15) forecast that UHD curved OLED TV will be able to compete with Samsung’s SUHD TV in terms of price if they can achieve FHD OLED TV level of yield.

 

On the other hand, during the 1st OLED KOREA Conference, LG Display revealed that FHD OLED TV panel yield rate exceeded 80% and that they are aiming for 80% of yield for UHD OLED TV panel by the end of 2015.

Price Difference between LG OLED TV and SUHD TV

 

LG Electronics’ 55 inch UHD curved OLED TV, www.amazon.com

LG전자 55inch UHD OLED TV 본격 출시, UHD LCD와 본격적인 경쟁 시작

LG전자에서 출시 예정인 55inch UHD curved OLED TV가 미국 아마존닷컴(www.amazon.com)에서 4월 3주차에 처음으로 공개 되었다. 가격은 US$ 5,499로 65inch UHD curved OLED TV(US$ 8,999)보다 US$ 3,500 낮으며, 동급인 삼성전자의 55inch curved SUHD TV(US$ 3,998) 보다는 US$ 1,500 높은 금액이다.

4월 3주차 아마존에서 LG전자의 55inch curved FHD OLED TV와 55/65inch curved UHD OLED TV를 동급의 삼성 LED TV, SUHD TV와의 가격차이를 비교했을 때, 55inch FHD는 약 US$ 1,100, 55inch UHD 에서는 약 US$ 1,500, 65inch UHD에서는 약 US$ 4,000의 차이가 나는 것으로 나타났다.

이번 55inch UHD curved OLED TV의 출시 가격은 기존 제품인 55inch FHD curved OLED TV의 출시가격이 US$ 15,000, 65inch UHD curved OLED TV 가격이 US$ 12,000으로 동급의 LCD TV와 2배 이상의 가격차이를 보였던 것에 비해 더욱 합리적인 가격으로 출시됨으로써 앞으로의 차세대 TV시장의 경쟁이 더욱 치열해 질 것으로 예상된다.

유비산업리서치에서 4월 15일에 발간한 White OLED Display Annual Report서는 FHD curved OLED TV의 출시부터 매년 약 60%의 가격 하락률을 보이고 있는 만큼 UHD curved OLED TV도 FHD OLED TV수준의 수율 확보가 된다면 삼성의 SUHD TV와 충분히 경쟁할 수 있는 가격을 형성할 수 있을 것으로 전망하고 있다.

한편 LG Display는 제 1회 OLED Korea conference에서 FHD OLED TV용 panel 수율은 80%를 넘어섰으며, 올해 말까지 UHD OLED TV용 panel의 수율 80% 확보를 목표로 하고 있다고 밝힌바 있다.

LG OLED TV와 삼성 SUHD TV 가격 비교

LG전자의 55inch UHD curved OLED TV, www.amazon.com

[MWC2015] Smart Watch Market, Struggle Expected in Google OS Sector

In MWC2015, various companies, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Huawei, and Asus, exhibited smart watch. Since 2014, Samsung Elec. and LG Elec. began to sell smart watch, Asus and Huawei are shipping smart watch equipped with rigid AMOLED panel. Apple, a latecomer but also strongest rival, is planning to actively sell smart watch, with LG Display’s plastic OLED, from April.

From the outside, all 5 companies have smart watch with AMOLED, but other than Apple which uses iOS, and Samsung Elec. that uses Tizen, the insides of the other 3 companies are the same. This is because they use Google OS. Hence the software of these 3 companies’ products are similar, and without the smart watch exterior the functions are almost identical. The only differentiations are due to smart watch design. Huawei’s smart watch face design is similar to LG Elec.’s, and the back design practically cannot be distinguished from LG Elec.’s products.

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In MWC2015, Google sector showed how difficult it would be for any company to conquer the market.

 

LG’s Plastic OLED, What’s Next?

LG Electronics showcased smart car related technology collaboration by supplying components for Gea. Gea, revealed by Italdesign Giugiaro on Mar 3 (Korean Time), in Geneva International Motor Show 2015 (Geneva Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland) is an autonomous luxury concept car.

LG Elec. and Italdesign’s concept car technology collaboration items are in-car display, tail lamp/camera, and IoT (linked with smart car).

For in-car display, 6 inch HD curved plastic OLED (P-OLED) was used in the front and rear console, and 12.3 inch full HD display was supplied for dashboard and CID (Center Information Display), and the passenger side. 19 inch LCD has been converted into to provide large screen for RSE (Rear Seat Entertainment). As thin and flexible design is possible with plastic OLED, it is suitable for the interior of a vehicle with its various formation. It is also appropriate for automotive display as advantages such as the high contrast ratio and fast response time reduce driver’s eye strain. Therefore, in-car display is estimated to be new application for OLED display in future.

Concept Car, Gea, a technology collaboration product between Italdesign of Volkswagen Group and LG Elec., The Geneva International Motor Show 2015   Source: LG Elec.

Concept Car, Gea, a technology collaboration product between Italdesign of Volkswagen Group and LG Elec., The Geneva International Motor Show 2015 Source: LG Elec.

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 LG Display, panel supplier of LG Elec., have made an announcement of their target to secure 30% of world’s market share in automotive display in 2018, and revenue of approx. US$ 2 billion. In CES 2015, held earlier in the year, they presented 13.1 inch automotive display and new 21.5 inch curved products for dashboard and CID. LG Display is planning to target automotive navigation/dashboard/entertainment display.

[MWC2015] Smart Watch Trend, LG Electronics is On It

The rapidly rising product to become the key item for IoT industry is a wearable device, smart watch. Various companies are already producing numerous products for the smart watch market. Beginning with smart band, the majority of smart watches had square face, but since LG Electronics joined this market, the trend started to change into a classic watch design.

In 2014, LG Elec. revealed G Watch in various events and became involved in its sales. Following the existing watch, they employed high-end sports watch design. While many experts estimated smart device with differentiated design from existing watches would become popular, the actual market responded to a round faced watch design, more familiar to the public after more than 100 years of use.

Subsequent to G Watch, LG Elec. revealed LG Watch Urbane in MWC2015. Compared to G Watch, Urbane arrived with higher class appearance.

Chinese set company Huawei introduced a smart watch with round shaped AMOLED in MWC2015, reacting to the success of G Watch. Samsung Elec. is also expected to release circular faced device for the next smart watch.

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