TCL is planning to unveil its first – and possibly the first – QD-OLED TV next year at IFA 2021, according to a report in Display Daily.
First QD OLED TVs
Samsung has been developing QD-OLED display technology, a new OLED panel type where quantum dots are used as color converters, but TCL may be the first company to offer such TVs on the consumer market.
- "TCL might show a quantum-dot (QDOLED) TV made with inkjet printing (IJP) at IFA 2021," the report said citing TCL Product Development Director for Europe, Marek Maciejewski. "Prototypes are available now."
TCL's Product Development Director revealed that JOLED (Japan OLED, a joint venture between Panasonic, Sony, and Japan Display) will be one of its panel suppliers, and that there will be more than one.
That last tidbit could suggest that Samsung Display, which is Samsung's display manufacturing arm, will also be supplying TCL with panels. Previous reports have claimed that Samsung Display will start mass production of QD-OLED regardless of Samsung Electronics' plans to launch QD-OLED on the consumer market.
Earlier this year, TCL announced that it has teamed up with JOLED to develop inkjet printed OLED TVs, which is different from LG Display's production method that involves deposition. Inkjet printing is said to have the potential to bring down production costs.
JOLED'S 21.6" PRINTED OLED DISPLAY
No plans for double layer LCD
The report also touched on TCL's plans for dual cell LCD TVs, also known as double layer LCD because two LCD panels are layered. The technique can improve picture quality but it results in significantly higher power consumption.
- "I asked if TCL was pursuing dual cell. Maciejewski said that TCL discussed that internally and decided the power consumption is too high for the European market."
TCL is currently selling affordable mid-range LCD TVs as well high-end LCD TVs with miniLED backlight and zone dimming capabilities.
- Source: Display Daily