Samsung is readying microLED screens for its upcoming Galaxy wearable series according to Sam Mobile.
This idea is not really a surprise, but there is a question about the schedule. With the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 likely to land in mid-2023, you might have to wait for the Watch 7 to see microLED in one of Samsung’s watches.
These reports come shortly after Fleurberg’s Mark Gurman claimed that Apple plans to release an Apple Watch Ultra with an internal microLED display in 2024.
Currently, Apple Watch OLED screens are reportedly largely supplied by LG Display, while Samsung Display manufactures a large number of OLED panels for the iPhone series.
microLED seems poised to become a hot new trend in mobile display technology, and Samsung Display has been pursuing it for several years now, but not so clearly in the wearable device space.
Samsung showed off its microLED TV at CES 2018, a 146-inch monster made from a mosaic of tiny panels.
A range of consumer microLED TVs are also expected this year, with sizes ranging from 50 inches to 140 inches. It remains to be seen how much it will cost.
Some microLED panels made to date have absurdly high pixel densities, but the three main advantages of wearable technology are high brightness, low power consumption, and emitted pixels, just like those of an OLED panel.
The microLED will also not suffer from burn-in and should be able to offer very good color reproduction.
Brightness, color and contrast are not so much of an issue today Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. The more important question here is exactly how much the microLED display can improve the battery life of Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. a smartwatch.
It’s unlikely to be much of a game-changer when less-smart OLED watches can last up to two weeks on a charge. But the microLED can reduce the reduced battery life caused by using “always on” display modes.
The real-world image quality results of microLED and OLED panels are quite comparable, but when OLED uses organic carbon-based compounds to create microLED light, that’s not the case. This use of organic materials is the source of the “burn-in” that has proven controversial for OLED TVs over the years, as the compounds used to generate different colors break down at different rates.