Samsung's MicroLED technology has essentially been limited to the company's high-end TVs but that may be about to change. A new report out of South Korea suggests that Samsung has started to commercialize MicroLED technology for smartwatches.
Samsung's Galaxy Watches currently used OLED displays. The company also supplies smartwatch OLED panels to other manufacturers. Commercialization of its MicroLED tech will result in future Galaxy Watch models featuring these advanced panels.
Future Samsung watches may feature MicroLED panels
Samsung is one of the biggest suppliers of OLED panels for the Apple Watch. Recent reports have claimed that Apple wants to shift its smartwatch to MicroLED. This could result in the company not buying as many OLED panels from Samsung as it currently does. By becoming a supplier of MicroLED panels for smartwatches, Samsung Display can ensure that it retains Apple as a customer.
MicroLED panels will offer significant improvements over OLED. They're brighter, have a better contrast ratio, and excellent color reproduction. Visibility is a lot better under direct sunlight. MicroLED panels are also more power efficient, thus enabling smartwatches to extend their battery life.
Samsung Display established a new team to work on this project at the end of last year. The team's objective is to achieve commercialization of this technology in the near future. It's going to be a lengthy process, though, and Samsung Display hopes to complete the development within this year.
If it's able to do that, Samsung Display will be in a good position to meet the demand for the premium smartwatches from both Samsung and Apple.