DSCC sees 5G as a catalyst for OLEDs: Page 2 of 2

December 19, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Reviewing the 24 5G smartphones brought to market so far, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) observed that 20 of them or 83% are using an OLED. Why is the OLED adoption attach rate so high? The analysts ask, before offering some explanations.

While nearly all of the initial 5G smartphones were OLED, there is now a flurry of lower-priced LCD 5G smartphones priced as low as $285 for the 6GB/64GB Redmi K30 5G. For consumers less concerned about the thickness, weight and power penalties, these low-end LCD 5G smartphones will be attractive.
Also negating some of the optimism around high-end 5G smartphones is the use of a 5G discrete modem chip which has caused existing 5G smartphones to overheat and drop to 4G. As ARS Technica pointed out in a 2012 Qualcomm press release, “Typically, the more chips that are involved in building a device, the more challenging it is to conserve battery life while maintaining performance. Consolidation means good things for your battery."
So, batteries will be challenged with this implementation of 5G, but will benefit from a thinner, flexible OLED which will not only consume less power, but also enable the use of a larger battery in the phone. 

​Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) - www.displaysupplychain.com

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