Larger OLED laptop screens are coming sooner than we anticipated. Samsung Displays announced
that it has made a 15.6-inch 4K laptop display and will begin producing the panels next month. The company plans on providing them to other manufacturers to put into their premium notebooks. Samsung's 15.6-inch display has a brightness range of 0.0005 to 600 nits, and its spectrum of 34 million colors is double that of similar, 15-inch LCD panels. Samsung claims that its panel can produce blacks that are 200 times darker than those of LCD panels, and whites will be more than twice as bright. These attributes contribute to the HDR capabilities of the panel, and the company claims that the panel passes VESA's new DisplayHDR TrueBlack standard. While OLED panels provide better contrast ratios, color gamut, and brightness levels than most LCD panels, they're also more expensive to produce. Lots of manufacturers have skipped OLED panels for their premium laptops because they cost more to put into the device, thereby driving up the retail price for consumers. Also, OLED screens have burn-in problems that some consumers don't want to deal with—neither in their smartphones nor in their laptops.
Regardless, Samsung's announcement will be exciting for those who have been itching for larger, higher-resolution OLED panels in the newest laptops. It's unclear which manufacturers will be the first to get Samsung's OLED panels, but plenty of OEMs including HP, Lenovo, and Dell have laptops with OLED screens slated for launch this year.