LG plans to introduce a 20-inch OLED panel by the end of the year, and unlike other offerings of this size, it will be used in consumer devices.
LG is a leading manufacturer of OLED panels for several other types of devices, and the company already makes panels for watches, TVs and smartphones, but this will be the first time the company has made OLED suitable for computer screens or small TVs.
South Korean electronics site The Elec reported details of LG Display Vice President Kang Won-seok’s speech at the Korea Display Industry Association.
The CEO also revealed that the company is working on OLEDs for mixed reality devices, a new 77-inch transparent OLED size, and a bendable OLED where the user can directly adjust the size of the curve.
It’s unclear when the 20-inch panels might make their way into purchasable devices. The announcement that the panels will be available in late 2022 means they will be available to electronics companies that want to use them in their products, but it will take months for these new products to hit store shelves.
If the panels have the same characteristics as the ones LG makes for TVs, it could be big news for the PC monitor business.
Real-world tests by Rtings and other display technology experts show that LG’s OLED TVs far surpass most desktop monitors on the market in every aspect of picture quality, from contrast to grayscale uniformity. Recent LG OLEDs make good gaming monitors with competitive response times and refresh rates.
Currently, most of the market for high-end computer monitors is focused on color accuracy for creative professionals, or ultra-fast response times and refresh rates for dedicated gamers, often at the expense of image quality. The quality and consistency of most computer screens are quite poor by TV and smartphone screen standards.
For example, most computer monitors use LED technology, but high-end LED TVs do not have local dimming technology. This means that the contrast ratio is relatively low and backlight loss is a common problem. OLED avoids these problems. Furthermore, PC gamers playing on a desktop monitor often miss out on the full effect of HDR (if it’s supported) because few PC monitors can display the brightness of an LED or OLED TV.
There have been some OLED displays in laptops, and last year other OLED desktop displays started appearing outside of LG. The first signs are promising. So far this year, LG has released a 42-inch version of its OLED TV, which has become popular among high-end PC gamers. But it’s still too big to be practical for many people looking for a screen to use in that situation.
We’ll have to wait to see what we get next year (probably) as it may be a compromise to produce panels of this size. And this could be just the beginning. A 20-inch OLED panel will be fine for some users, but most will want larger sizes like 23, 24, 27 inches, etc.