Screen technology is one of the most important factors for consumers when they are buying a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. On the computing side, having a good laptop screen is a desirable spec, especially for gaming laptops. Samsung Display has revealed its plans to take laptop display technology to the next level.
Specifically, the screen-focused division of the South Korean tech giant will create 90Hz OLED panels. According to Samsung Display, these are the “world's first” such laptop screens.
OLED is widely accepted as the leading display tech because of its excellent reproduction of blacks. However, this technology has previously been limited to 60Hz on PC. Samsung's new OLED panels for laptops and notebooks will change that.
According to CEO Joo Sun Choi, the first panels will roll off production lines in March and will be 14-inch displays.
This could have a big impact on Windows 10 PCs, which will not be able to have OLED panels with better performance. Especially in the gaming market, which is quickly becoming a major part of consumer Windows PC sales.
While a 60Hz refresh rate will be decent for many games, the evolution to faster frequencies is well underway. In fact, most gamers will already have monitors capable of 120H or 144Hz. However, for laptops, those kinds of refresh rates for OLED screens are off limits at the moment.
Yes, 90Hz is not as high as a dedicated monitor, but it will provide a solid display performance for what is essentially portable PC gaming. Samsung Display has yet to say when it ramp up production to include other screen sizes, but a wider product line through 2021 seems likely.
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