Survivability of OLED: all the information about reliability and efficiency

OLED displays are made from organic materials and therefore cannot last forever. Quality losses in terms of brightness and intensity of color display should also be feared in the case of some modern OLED panels. However, this technology has improved significantly in recent years.

OLED: how long is the lifespan?

In 2013, LG promised that its OLED TVs could last up to 36,000 hours. In 2016, the survivability of the panels was already increased to 100,000 hours. Thus, the durability indicators of LCD-panels (about 70,000 hours) were covered with a tangible margin.

If the display works for 10 hours a day, then with a survivability of 100,000 hours, the panel will last about 10 years. Thus, in the case of LG’s current OLED TVs, battery life is no longer a topic of discussion.

However, there are several manufacturers that offer a wide variety of OLED technologies and numerous different display models. Thus, there are many efficient and durable OLED panels, but there are also white crows among them.

OLED: reduced lifespan due to burn-in

If an OLED display shows the same content for a long time, the picture may burn itself onto the screen. After all, this is exactly the problem with the Google Pixel 2 XL OLED displays.

Google Pixel 2XL
Pixel 2 OLED display

When an image burns out, it begins to appear stronger or weaker even on top of other content. Damaged areas appear somewhat darker.

Currently, unfortunately, no one can say how good the new generation of OLED displays will look after several years of operation. However, as the Google Pixel 2 XL example shows, not every OLED panel can be relied upon yet.

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