Today, among many other things, Samsung also unveiled a brand new screen for XR headsets, which features a very interesting technology: OLEDoS, or OLED on Silicon. This is apparently the world’s first OLEDoS display with an RGB sub-pixel structure. It’s created by applying organic materials onto a silicon wafer.
It’s 1.03″ in diagonal, and square, and the company promises it has a whopping 3,500 ppi. While Samsung hasn’t mentioned the resolution, some quick math shows it to be about 2,550 x 2,550. XR headsets would of course use two of these, one per each eye.
As this doesn’t need a separate light source, being OLED and all, Samsung promises true to life visuals. Unfortunately the company has stayed mum on the display’s refresh rate. Some speculate it’s 90 Hz, but without anything official, that’s just what it is – speculation.
The screen is created by eMagin, a US-based OLEDoS display maker that Samsung acquired a few months ago. eMagin specializes in making helmets and night vision goggles for military use, and those also use OLEDoS panels like this one.
Samsung announcing a new display usually means Samsung will later make use of it in at least one of its products, so this makes us think a Samsung XR headset is on the way. That, of course, would be anything but surprising considering that Apple’s in the game now with its Vision Pro headset that will start shipping on February 2.
Given Qualcomm’s announcement a few days ago of the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 chipset for XR headsets, it stands to reason that it will be powering Samsung’s device, which could run a special version of Android designed by Google specifically for XR headsets.