"Price re­mains to be the big­gest stum­bling block that’s pre­vent­ing the wide­spread adop­tion of OLED dis­plays.”

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In fact, price re­mains to be the big­gest stum­bling block that’s pre­vent­ing the wide­spread adop­tion of OLED dis­plays. If we were to com­pare sim­i­lar-sized tele­vi­sions us­ing OLED and LCD dis­plays, the OLED model will cost about 40% more. And ac­cord­ing to IHS Re­search, it is es­ti­mated that it would cost man­u­fac­tur­ers dou­ble to put an OLED dis­play into a PC as op­posed to an LCD dis­play.

New tech­nol­ogy is al­ways costly to man­u­fac­ture, partly be­cause of im­ma­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and also high R&D costs. This was the case for SSDs, too, but look at how af­ford­able they are now. Thank­fully, prices of OLED dis­plays could come down in the next year or so. The tech­nol­ogy is fairly ma­ture now and vol­ume man­u­fac­tur­ing by key play­ers in the in­dus­try looks set to take place in the near fu­ture.

LG has just in­vested US$ 380 mil­lion to build a new fac­tory to ramp up pro­duc­tion of OLED dis­plays, which should help bring down the costs of OLED pan­els by a size­able mar­gin in time. Be­fore LG’s in­vest­ment, Sam­sung an­nounced an even larger US$ 3.6 bil­lion in­vest­ment in Fe­bru­ary last year to build more OLED pan­els. Ja­pan Dis­play, another large pro­ducer of LCD pan­els, also an­nounced that it would start mass pro­duc­tion of OLED dis­plays in 2018.

It seems that what­ever hes­i­ta­tions man­u­fac­tur­ers had about OLED tech­nol­ogy have been al­layed, and it’s likely that OLED could be the pre­dom­i­nant dis­play tech­nol­ogy in the not-sodis­tant fu­ture.

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