Originally Posted by irkuck
Samsung is pushing their small OLEDs for years, technology is ready but the barrier is the price several times higher than LCD. Apple adopting it will only mean OLED is making inroads into high-end but one should not forget Apple is marginal in the overall market. Expanding OLED down the cost ladder will require major decrease in prices. Tablets and notebooks are even much tougher from this point of view. Note the news OLED manufacturers see automotive as most promising and that is due to panel flexibility and robustness.
It's not several times higher at this size range
. You can upgrade to an OLED panel on various 12"-14" devices right now for a mere ~$200 extra. That's nothing. And as for Apple's adoption and what that would mean for the high-end, aren't we only primarily concerned about the high-end here anyway? While I'm not an Apple consumer, my point is that they could at least serve as a 'good soldier' towards quicker adoption for OLED as a whole. There's always going to be demand for high-end notebooks/convertibles and many such consumers are/would be excited to benefit from an OLED option. Overall, in the short to medium term, OLED enthusiasts shouldn't really be concerned about when OLED will reach the level of the 'disposable' notebook.
As for Samsung, yes, they've used OLED off and on in their tablets dating back to 2011, and currently offer the 12" OLED Samsung Galaxy Book to try and compete with the MS Surface Book. However, they've never offered an OLED option on any of their own previously branded notebooks. Whereas, Samsung Display has/does supply OLED panels to other PC OEMs like Lenovo and HP.
Originally Posted by NintendoManiac64
This is doublely true when one considers that WOLED may in fact have less power consumption displaying white than Samsung's RGB OLED, and PC applications and web sites have a ton of white (which is RGB OLED's worst-case scenario power-wise).
Consider that WOLED is made of a yellow and blue, two elements, which together make white (presumably the white subpixel is unfiltered).
RGB OLED is made of red, green, and blue elements, one per subpixel. White however would require all three elements, and last I checked, 3 > 2.
Now of course displaying something like pure red, pure green, or pure blue on RGB OLED would use less power than WOLED, but those colors are far less common than white. Similarly, the worst-case scenario colors for WOLED (yellow, cyan, or magenta) are also much less common, so they should have much less of an effect on power than white on RGB OLED would.
Yes, excellent points about WOLED for the entire 5"-17" range, as Samsung's RGB OLEDs in this segment have had their fair share of QC issues.
LG Display will apparently be the back-up supplier for Apple's upcoming 5.1/5.2" OLED iPhone. And according to the latest that I've read, LG Display has a good chance of being the main supplier for Google's upcoming Pixel 2 line. So there's already competition in the 5"-17" range for phone, phablet, tablet, notebooks/convertible. (And the Japanese and Chinese will also soon be manufacturing small OLED panels as well (and most likely for TV too).