Could QD-OLED TVs and monitors see cheaper prices in the near future? Possibly, teases a new report from BusinessKorea, which discusses how Samsung Display has managed to improve the yield of its new panels significantly. Previous reports had indicated that the production yield rate of QD-OLED displays was only at 30%, but that number has now reached 75%, according to an announcement posted on the company’s internal bulletin board. Samsung Display is now attempting to boost the yield to 90% or higher.
Samsung Display Says Its QD-OLED Panel Yield Has Reached 75% (Business Korea)
Sony is expected to take the wraps off a QD-OLED TV model around June 2022, while Samsung Electronics’ QD-OLED TVs are to be launched as early as this month. Previously, Samsung started receiving pre-orders for QD-OLED TVs through its U.S. subsidiary last month. The factory price is US$2,199.99 (about 2.65 million won) for a 55-inch model and US$2,999.99 (about 3.62 million won) for a 65-inch model.
Samsung Electronics plans to launch QD-OLED TV models in the United States first, and then release them in Asia, including Korea, and Europe. Although industry insiders predicted that Samsung Electronics would introduce QD-OLED TVs as a flagship product in the first half of 2022, an online Samsung global new TV model showcase held at the end of last month did not even mention QD-OLED TV models.
The launch of Samsung’s QD-OLED panels has been marred by early reviews that pointed out some of the technology’s purported deficiencies, such as greyish-looking blacks in brighter environments due to panel coatings. A review from Heise also suggested that the world’s first QD-OLED monitor, the Alienware AW3423DW, suffers from chromatic aberration.