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LG OLED displays get brighter and longer-lasting as ‘Tandem’ design branches out to laptops

2024, the year of OLED?
Last Updated on June 24, 2024
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As we make our way through 2024, it’s becoming more and more evident that OLED technology is getting bigger than ever. In fact, there are stats to back us up here, as this year has seen record-high OLED sales. The next chapter of the story takes us to LG, one of the leading manufacturers of OLED displays. Today, LG Display has announced that they’re kicking off mass production of the ‘industry’s first Tandem OLED for laptops’.

We delve a little deeper into what this means, but on the surface: the unique design allows for a longer lifespan, improved brightness, and even lower power consumption. While the Tandem tech isn’t absolutely brand-new, it marks a milestone that could be a sign of things to come. It looks like the current best OLED laptops are soon getting some real competition.

LG OLED Tandem for laptops starts mass production

The big announcement comes from LG directly, or rather LG Display, in this press release dated June 24. Mass production has now officially begun for the first 13-inch Tandem OLED panel for laptops. This technology was first commercialized in 2019 but is now being applied to laptops for the first time, tailor-fit for laptop use with some key specifications already disclosed:

  • 13-inch panel
  • Double the lifespan of single-layer OLED displays
  • Triple the brightness of single-layer OLED displays
  • Around 40% thinner and 28% lighter than existing OLED laptop screens
  • WQXGA+ resolution (2880 x 1800)
  • 100% DCI-P3
  • DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification
  • Touch sensor

LG’s Tandem technology works by combining two stacks of RGB (red, green, and blue) OLED layers. With a dual-layer design, LG can offer better durability and performance overall.

Marketing photo for LG Display Tandem OLED laptops, source: LG

Is it only available for laptops?

LG reports that mass production is kicking off with the first 13″ Tandem OLED panel designed for laptops, but the technology has been found elsewhere before. For example, Tandem OLED technology is already available in the M4 iPad Pro – as detailed by Apple here, reportedly provided by LG as a main supplier. Another example is the luxury Honor Magic 6 RSR Porsche Design smartphone.

The newly announced production of laptops should bring Tandem OLED closer to the mainstream, especially if the new iPad Pro is not your cup of tea. While we’ll probably have to wait a while for this kind of technology to make its way up to larger monitors or even TVs, we can’t be too dissatisfied with what’s currently available, the LG C4 OLED TV for example.

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