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Report: V30 to be LG's first OLED phone, launch set for September 2017

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The V20 had some innovative features, but LG might have even bigger plans for its successor.

The V20 had some innovative features, but LG might have even bigger plans for its successor.


LG is planning to use OLED panels for its premium phones as early as this year, according to The Investor. Citing unnamed sources, the media outlet reports that the upcoming high-end V30 will likely be the first LG high-end smartphone to make the switch. 

The article also reveals that the handset will be announced and possibly released in September 2017, which is pretty much the exact period when its predecessor, the V20, broke cover in 2016. As LG has a track record of putting the largest possible displays on its V line, we suspect that the V30 could have a size and screen diagonal comparable to the ones on the Galaxy S8+. The source was also quoted saying:

Most OLED screens produced at LG Display's Gumi E5 plant in the second half [of the year] will be used for its sister firm LG Electronics’ smartphones starting with the V30... Some of the OLED production will be supplied to Chinese phone makers who are hoping to catch up with front-runners such as Samsung and Apple.

Finally, the mysterious source disclosed that LG’s OLED panel production is set to start in July, and that the company's 2018 flagship, the G7, will be the second LG phone to make the switch to that type of display. 

It goes without saying that any information from "anonymous sources" should be taken with a grain of salt, but it certainly makes sense for LG to follow a path, similar to the one outlined above. Everyone seems to be jumping on the OLED bandwagon nowadays, and producing your own panels amid such tight supply can be a really profitable move. 

For example, Samsung's longtime commitment to Super AMOLED displays currently puts it in a unique position of holding more than 95 percent of the mobile OLED market, which essentially means that the company has a monopoly established, allowing it to hike prices and secure major contracts with other big players such as Apple. LG undoubtedly wants a piece of that pie, but some time will pass before production picks up speed. A display analyst has commented on the proceedings: 
 
It may take some time for LG Display to reach the similar yield rate of its rival Samsung Display. There are a range of issues to solve such as patents and supply chains for OLED equipment and materials.

source: The Investor

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posted on 16 May 2017, 03:55 8

1. Settings (Posts: 2291; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


First with OLED?
Prior to V30 there are the G Flex line and the Optimus Sol are with OLED displays.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:00

2. shield (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


G Flex P-Oled. Sol use Ultra Amoled. V30 new Oled.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:06 5

3. Settings (Posts: 2291; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Ooohkaaay... So P-OLED, Ultra AMOLED, or even SAMOLED aren't OLED tech?

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:11 3

5. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


For years LG has been supplying Apple with P-OLED displays for every Apple watch. Plus P-OLED has been used on a number of Android Wear watches, including some of LG's own Android Wear smart watches.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:14 1

6. shield (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


E.g. MI Note 2 Amoled from LG but Sunlight 3.228 and Contrast ratio 66800, Oled from Samsung S8 4.768 and infinite contrast ratio.
So it can be seen even though Oled is otherwise modified.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:06 3

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4643; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


LG has been producing OLED TV's for some time now. However smartphone displays are much higher in density than TV's. For instance a 40" TV with a 4k display has a dpi rating under 200 dpi. Whereas a 2k display is over 500 dpi. A 4k 5.5" display is over 800 dpi. Not to mention the brightness has to be much higher on the smartphone displays compared to a TV display.

Not to mention if that smartphone display is used for VR/MR, then every flaw, and imperfection is easily seen and noticed by almost all users.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:18

7. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 313; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


It seems it's finally time to come back to LG, after using G4 and V10 I left LG only cuz of display. Now this news is awesome. LG phones are better performing than Samsung. Even both uses skinned UI. Beside damn high fi DAC + AMOLED will make it best media consumption device.

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:27 5

8. shield (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


V30 Oled plus 3500mAh DAC aka V20, better camera IMX 400 and S835 (or better) 6GB RAM, 64\128GB Internal storage, second display, AOD, Stereo, OIS, EIS, DIS aka V20, AND Kill Note 8.

LG V30 King?

posted on 16 May 2017, 08:35 1

13. PryvateiDz (Posts: 258; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


This!

posted on 16 May 2017, 04:41 1

9. shield (Posts: 479; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Why do you write about Apple when no Oled manufactures it but gets it from Samsung?

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:14

10. Guaire (Posts: 711; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Stupid LG. They should have been switched to OLED a couple of years earlier, especially to flexible OLED after S6 Edge's initial launch, when curved edges became instantly popular. They had the tech, but they were just sitting on it.

Many LG fans were wishing for an G2 successor sans its weaknesses with a great screen to body ratio, great design, a sturdy build quality, top notch specs and great battery life. Even the G6 can't check all the boxes yet, worse Samsung done a better job with the S8.

All the other things being equal Samsung has superior brand recognition. Samsung is #1, but LG is not even in top 10 for years. So LG phones either must be desirable Samsung or meaningfully cheaper if it has an equal device.

This is just first step. LG made OLED diplays probably will be inferior in terms of quality than Samsung made ones. They also need to working on in house chipsets to avoiding supply issues like Snapdragon 835's, and under the screen fingerprint scanner IMO.

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:21

11. Omran2000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Aug 2016)


LG is in the top 10 ...

posted on 16 May 2017, 07:57

12. Guaire (Posts: 711; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I stand corrected.

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:08 1

14. Amir123a (Posts: 81; Member since: 27 Aug 2016)


V30 is the ONLY alternative to s8+ and note 8 devices. Finally, second mobile oled option aside of the industry leading of samsung's!

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:27

15. cGmC11 (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Will be supplied the screen for the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2?

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