More Affordable OLEDs Coming? Everything You Need to Know

More Affordable OLEDs Coming? Everything You Need to Know

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Table of Contents

  • OLED Production Ramp-Up
  • How This Impacts Consumers
  • OLED Display Technology Explained
  • Potential Challenges and Timeline

OLED Production Ramp-Up

LG Display, the primary supplier of OLED panels to major television and electronics brands, has announced a significant investment in expanding its OLED production capacity. The company plans to invest roughly $1 billion to boost production, addressing increasing demand and potentially lowering costs for OLED displays across various devices.

This move comes amidst the growing popularity of OLED TVs and increasing adoption of OLED in other devices like laptops, tablets, smartphones, and computer monitors.

How This Impacts Consumers

For consumers, the primary benefit of increased OLED production capacity is the potential for lower prices. Here's why:

  • Increased Supply: Currently, the high price of OLED devices is largely due to constrained supply. When LG Display and other manufacturers increase their output, it will lead to greater product availability in the market.
  • Greater Competition: More available OLED panels will likely encourage increased competition among device manufacturers. This could lead to more aggressive pricing strategies, making OLED devices a more accessible option for consumers.

OLED Display Technology Explained

To understand the significance of this development, here's a quick breakdown of OLED technology:

  • Self-Emissive Pixels: OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Each pixel in an OLED display produces its own light, rather than relying on a backlight like in traditional LCD panels. This is a key difference.
  • Benefits: This self-emissive property offers several advantages:
    • True Blacks: Pixels can be completely turned off to achieve true blacks, resulting in exceptional contrast.
    • Vibrant Colors: OLED displays boast a wider color gamut, leading to rich and saturated colors.
    • Faster Response Times: OLED pixels switch on and off incredibly quickly, offering smoother motion in videos and games.
    • Viewing Angles: OLED displays generally provide superior viewing angles compared to LCDs.

Potential Challenges and Timeline

While the LG Display announcement is promising, there are some factors to consider:

  • Time to Market: It takes time for new manufacturing facilities and processes to become fully operational. Immediate and drastic price drops are unlikely. The benefits may be more noticeable over the next couple of years.
  • Component Pricing: OLED displays involve multiple components. The focus on ramping up panel production is important, but the prices of other parts will also affect overall device costs.


LG Display's investment in OLED production is welcome news for consumers who desire the superior image quality that OLED can offer. Although immediate, dramatic price changes may not occur, increased production capacity could pave the way for a future where OLED devices are more accessible and affordable. We expect a greater variety of devices to feature OLED displays as the technology becomes more cost-effective.