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AUO Showcases Next-generation UHD 4K Wide Color Gamut TV Panels

Monday, August 26, 2013

AUO Showcases Next-generation UHD 4K Wide Color Gamut TV Panels

04:18 EDT Monday, August 26, 2013

Ultra high resolution, innovative value-added applications and integrated touch solutions all on display at Touch Taiwan 2013

HSINCHU, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), the world's leading provider of optoelectronic solutions, today announced its participation in Touch Taiwan 2013 (International Touch Panel and Optical Film Exhibition 2013) from August 28 to 30. With "Picture the Future with Innovation" being the theme, AUO will showcase a variety of ultra high resolution, innovative value-added display applications, and high efficiency integrated touch solutions to unveil a touch of the future with cutting edge display technologies. In terms of high-end TV applications, AUO will showcase 65 and 55-inch UHD 4K Wide Color Gamut TV Panels offering ultra high resolution, fine and stereoscopic images.

Highlights at Touch Taiwan 2013 also include: the world's largest(*) 6.5-inch Full HD OGS Touch Panel for smartphone; 55-inch Super Slim Dual Side Display on its debut; 5 to 6.5-inch large-sized smartphone displays with HD720 and Full HD ultra high resolution; ultra slim, ultra high resolution and flexible AMOLED smartphone displays; Embedded Touch Panel (eTP) offering standardized integrated touch solutions for touch-enabled notebook PCs; a series of ultra slim and high resolution displays for tablet applications.

Next-generation UHD 4K Wide Color Gamut TV Panels

AUO has successfully developed UHD 4K technology and will demonstrate 65 and 55-inch next-generation UHD 4K Wide Color Gamut TV Panels, which are equipped with Wide Color Gamut (WCG) technology with saturation of over 100% NTSC. The panels feature Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 with 120Hz frame rate, and boast true colors with 3D-like effect to offer exquisitely fine images that transform viewers' experiences.

High saturation displays for professional monitors

AUO's 27-inch Adobe RGB High Color Monitor Display, intended for professional graphic designs and image processing, has a high resolution of 2560x1440. Its 100% Adobe RGB presents colors in their most delicate, lifelike manner, with nearly no color difference when compared with actual print. Users can examine more accurately the colors and details of their works on monitor screens.

Integrated Super Slim Dual Side Display for diverse applications

The 55-inch Full HD Super Slim Dual Side Display, demonstrated for the first time, has a module thickness that is 70% less than that of two conventional modules bundled together. The super slim design saves significant space. Separate images shown on both sides create more flexibility for information display in public. The display could be widely applied in public spaces such as shopping malls, retailers, airports, metro stations, banks and financial institutions, museums and exhibition halls. AUO has proactively developed PIDs for fields as varied as business, education, and cultural and creative industries. Innovative technologies and total solutions are offered to create diverse and high value-added application opportunities.

Large-sized, ultra high resolution smartphone displays stretch image quality to new limits

Displays with application for smartphones have become larger in size, slimmer in figure and higher in resolution. AUO will showcase 6.5-inch Full HD OGS Touch Panel, which is currently the world's largest(*) Full HD smartphone display commercially available. The display is equipped with AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) technology and has color saturation as high as 100% NTSC. The super narrow border design allows the screen to appear at its largest in the cellphone's display area to deliver the ultimate visual and entertainment experience, fulfilling users' ultimate desires for high-end mobile devices. In addition, 5 and 5.7-inch HD720 and Full HD ultra high resolution displays will also be exhibited.

Technology of 4.3-inch Ultra High Resolution Full HD Panel with 512 PPI (pixel per pitch) will also be demonstrated, reaching saturation as high as 95% NTSC. High aperture ratio, super narrow border and AHVA technologies altogether raise resolution significantly and reduce around 40% of power consumption when compared with conventional designs.

Complete line of eTP to enhance production efficiency

AUO combines leading TFT-LCD technology with OGS (One Glass Solution) to develop the all new integrated eTP solution that includes touch panels from 11.6, 14 to 15.6 inches. The brand new design easily achieves edge-to-edge like system outlook or narrow bezels for touch-enabled notebook PCs. In addition, eTP's ultra slim touch module, high transmission and standardized specifications effectively increase production rate and cost efficiency due to streamlined integration. AUO's eTP is the best choice for customers seeking integrated touch solutions.

Ultra slim and high resolution displays for tablet applications

In terms of tablet applications, AUO will exhibit 7 and 8-inch AHVA High Resolution Displays for tablets, with a high resolution of 1920x1200. WCG technology on 10.1-inch tablet display will also be on showcased. Its 95% NTSC high color saturation and AHVA design enable users to obtain equally clear views from different angles. AUO will also introduce ultra-slim high resolution 10.1-inch panel technology, in which Oxide TFT is used to achieve a high resolution of 2560x1600, delicately displaying the fineness and details of images. The technology achieves 12% more transmittance, a mere 1.5mm panel thickness, and saves still more power, leading the trend for ultra slim mobile devices with high resolution.

Ultra high resolution, slim and flexible AMOLED technologies

AUO's next-generation AMOLED technologies will also make appearance during the show. In terms of smartphone applications, both AUO's 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with the world's highest resolution(*) and 5-inch HD720 display employ the Company's enhanced pixel designs. As a result, the 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display successfully overcomes challenges posed by fine shadow mask and reaches resolution as high as 443ppi.

AUO will also demonstrate 4.3-inch Flexible AMOLED technology, which adopts plastic substrate and thin film encapsulation to devise a flexible and ultra slim AMOLED panel with thickness of only 0.2mm. In the future, the technology could be applied to smart mobile devices to create a highly satisfactory and revolutionary experience for consumers.

During Touch Taiwan, AUO President Mr. Paul Peng will speak as the Chairman of the Taiwan Display Union Association to deliver a speech titled "Displays Show the Way to New Lifestyles" on Aug. 29 in the FPD International Taiwan 2013 Seminar. Dr. Frank Ko, AUO Vice President of Technology & Strategic Development Office, will also share his views and speak on the title of "Eyeing the Future: Changes & Innovations of the Display Industry". You are cordially invited to witness AUO's diverse advanced display technologies and applications at Touch Taiwan 2013!

* Based on the available market research information as of August 26, 2013.

AUO photos can be downloaded at the Company's website:

http://auo.com/?sn=479&lang=en-US

Any use of photographs must cite the source thereof is from AU Optronics Corporation.

ABOUT AU OPTRONICS

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) is one of the world's leading providers of optoelectronic solutions. AUO offers a full range of panel sizes and comprehensive applications ranging from 1.5 inches to 65 inches. Based on its profound R&D and manufacturing experience, AUO continues to develop advanced display technologies of the next generation. AUO extended its market to the green energy industry in 2008. By building a vertically integrated high-efficiency solar value chain, AUO provides its customers with high-efficiency solar solutions. AUO now houses a staff of more than 45,000 employees, with global operations in Taiwan, Mainland China, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, Czech and Slovakia. Additionally, AUO is the first pure TFT-LCD manufacturer to be successfully listed at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). AUO has also been named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. AUO generated NT$378.5 billion (US$ 13.03 billion) in sales revenue in 2012. For more information, please visit AUO.com.

* 2012 year end revenue converted at an exchange rate of NTD29.05 : USD 1.

Safe Harbour Notice

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO), a global leader of TFT-LCD panels, today announced the above news. Except for statements in respect of historical matters, the statements contained in this Release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements were based on our management's expectations, projections and beliefs at the time regarding matters including, among other things, future revenues and costs, financial performance, technology changes, capacity, utilization rates, yields, process and geographical diversification, future expansion plans and business strategy. Such forward looking statements are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including risks related to the flat panel display industry, the TFT-LCD market, acceptance of and demand for our products, technological and development risks, competitive factors, and other risks described in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15th, 2013.

SOURCE AU Optronics Corp.

For further information: Gwen Ting, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 7259, gwen.ting@auo.com; or Yawen Hsiao, Corporate Communications Division, AU Optronics Corp., +886-3-5008800 ext 3211, yawen.hsiao@auo.com

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