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One of the biggest features the Nintendo Switch Pro was tipped to have was the option to output at 4K resolution when docked, but the Switch OLED will only output at 1080p, just like the regular Switch. TechRadarNintendo Switch OLED release date, price, specs, and why it's not 4K

OLED is having a moment – and not just with Nintendo Switch

TechRadar 08 July, 2021 - 11:10am

DSCC’s quarterly report raises the global revenue forecast in 2021 to $42.5 billion (around £30 billion / AU$57 billion), up 9% from its previous forecast.

The company cites a host of factors for this increase, including “increased OLED smartphone volumes” as well as more OLED panels being used in laptops. Samsung alone is expected to rake in $1bn in OLED panel revenue before 2021 is out.

These numbers only get bigger in the coming years, too. DSCC predicts a 43% increase between 2021 and 2025, with only more smartphones, tablets and laptops set to use the panel technology going forward. Monitors are expected to see the biggest uptick, though, with a 238% increase expected between now and 2025 as Samsung Display and LG Display target the OLED monitor market more aggressively.

So why has OLED captured the imaginations of manufacturers and consumers around the world?

Despite the thrall that LCD screens still have across much of the market – being generally cheaper and easier to produce – OLED panels are becoming more accessible, with ramped-up production lines allowing for lower manufacturing costs per unit. LG Display finally opened a new factory last year in Guangzhou, China, which should help it to almost double OLED TV output in 2021.

OLED panels also make for far slimmer devices on the whole, given OLED pixels can emit their own light and don’t require an additional backlight behind the panel to make images visible. 

For a world of luxury smartphones that need to fit into the average pocket or handbag, or smartwatches that need to fit comfortably on the wrist, slim design is crucial – and there are certainly aesthetic and space-saving benefits for laptops, monitors and TVs in the home.

OLED panels may now be reaching a point of saturation, though. While growth is ongoing, it’s also slowing, with DSCC forecasting a lower year-on-year growth for the next two or three years, with a hesitant uptick expected by 2025. But, of course, if OLED demand starts to stall, it’ll likely only be because Mini LED and Micro LED challengers are starting to take hold.

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