Samsung's 90Hz OLED panels could be bound for MacBook Pro

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in Future Apple Hardware edited September 16
Apple display supplier Samsung Display on Wednesday announced a start to mass production of 90Hz laptop OLED panels, a major advancement that could find its way into Apple's MacBook Pro range.

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While Samsung Display does not specify what panel dimensions are being cut from its 90Hz OLED mother glass, the company notes 14-inch versions of the Asus Zenbook and Vivobook Pro will be among the first laptops to benefit from its high refresh rate technology.

According to Samsung Display, the 90Hz OLED panels exhibit a blur length of 0.9mm during video playback, a 10% improvement when compared against a 120Hz LCD panel. The result is reduced motion blur and clearer movement.

Along with ASUS, Samsung Display has been providing OLED panels to Lenovo, Dell, HP and Samsung Electronics. Apple is not mentioned as a customer, but rumors suggest the tech giant will tap Samsung's "Gen 8.5" OLED line for MacBook Pro panels in 2022.

Whispers of an OLED-equipped 16-inch MacBook Pro circulated in March, but word of a 14-inch variant has yet to surface.

Currently, Apple's MacBook Pro LCDs are set at a default 60Hz refresh rate.

In the near term, Apple is expected to unveil 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with mini LED screens later this year. Recent reports suggest production of the laptops began in August ahead of a launch this fall.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6

    In the near term, Apple is expected to unveil 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with mini LED screens later this year.
    Or rather LCD screens with mini LED backlighting. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    For MBP, Apple switching from MiniLED screen to OLED in one year does not make sense unless price of OLED has come down.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    So OLED has a slow refresh rate compared to LED, and as I've heard is prone to burn in, and costs more. What's the advantage again? Oh the blacks are a tiny bit blacker. I honestly don't understand why people are drooling over them. What am I missing?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,821member
    DAalseth said:
    So OLED has a slow refresh rate compared to LED, and as I've heard is prone to burn in, and costs more. What's the advantage again? Oh the blacks are a tiny bit blacker. I honestly don't understand why people are drooling over them. What am I missing?
    There are dozens of articles on the internet about this.  Google OLED vs LED and find out.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,758member
    crowley said:
    DAalseth said:
    So OLED has a slow refresh rate compared to LED, and as I've heard is prone to burn in, and costs more. What's the advantage again? Oh the blacks are a tiny bit blacker. I honestly don't understand why people are drooling over them. What am I missing?
    There are dozens of articles on the internet about this.  Google OLED vs LED and find out.
    I read those when Apple started using OLED. A bit thinner, draws a bit less power, the aforementioned darker blacks, that many people have said in the real world you can't really notice, and a few other things.  But it sure seems like those advantages are outweighed by the disadvantages. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,774member
    DAalseth said:
    crowley said:
    DAalseth said:
    So OLED has a slow refresh rate compared to LED, and as I've heard is prone to burn in, and costs more. What's the advantage again? Oh the blacks are a tiny bit blacker. I honestly don't understand why people are drooling over them. What am I missing?
    There are dozens of articles on the internet about this.  Google OLED vs LED and find out.
    I read those when Apple started using OLED. A bit thinner, draws a bit less power, the aforementioned darker blacks, that many people have said in the real world you can't really notice, and a few other things.  But it sure seems like those advantages are outweighed by the disadvantages. 
    You don't understand. OLED has nothing to do with LED. OLED is self-emitting pixels. LED is backlighting (either from the side or behind in a grid) behind an LCD screen, which prior to LEDs were backlit with compact fluorescent lighting. You can't compare OLED to LED because they're not even remotely the same thing. LEDs are completely unaware of the LCD in front of them, which do have a refresh rate. 

    ALSO, I have an 120Hz variable refresh rate (similar to ProMotion) OLED TV. So, even if LED had some kind of refresh rate, you'd still be wrong. 
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