Apple and Google reportedly partner with LG Display on flexible OLEDs for foldable devices
posted by Daniel P. / Dec 16, 2016, 6:45 AM
Samsung's near monopoly on OLED display supplies might be challenged a year from now, as Apple, Google and Microsoft are reportedly partnering with LG on the production of flexible OLED panels. While Apple's name comes as no surprise here, as it is heavily rumored to introduce an OLED iPhone 8 next year, and is trying to diversify its screen suppliers, the fact that Google and Microsoft may be in the mix raises some eyebrows.
As per the source of this rumor, Google is interested in flexible OLEDs for future iterations of its Pixels, while Microsoft is actually shopping for Surface line ideas. In any case, there are three powerful potential customers with money and enthusiasm to burn, so LG is said to take the opportunity, and be ready for mass production by 2018.
The other important tip here is that those LG flexible displays are meant to be used into foldable devices, with a mechanism that keeps the screen stretched over the outer surface. Samsung has been developing such panels for a while now, allowing the OLEDs to bend numerous times without picture deterioration at the folding area, but it's the first time we are hearing LG might be up to something similar.
In any case, it seems that we will be encountering much more unorthodox shapes and forms in phones going forward, which can only benefit the end users, if done right. Needless to say, LG Display has denied commenting on its future customers.
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lol looks like no major oem are interested in that pentile super amoled crap.
posted on Dec 16, 2016, 6:51 AM 3
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I know you'll praise pentile if apple actually use it on future iPhone, lol...
posted on Dec 16, 2016, 8:00 AM 14
Yup, It's a good thing that Google, Microsoft and Apple is choosing LG over that korean company. LG will provide high quality flexible display to their partners unlike a certain low class mentality korean company. With other Chinese and Japaneses companies also gearing up their oled production in 2018 soon that korean company's dominance will be over. OLED is good tech but flexible OLED, especially plastic OLED from LG, will be really great for smartphone industry. 2018 Pixel will be a awesome phone that's for sure. Hopefully it'll have a fantastic, unique design, 4K flexible oled display, 7nm custom SoC, atleast 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, a huge battery life that will last a full day with heavy use and a camera system that will perform better than todays 1000 dollars dedicated camera system both in image and video performance.
posted on Dec 16, 2016, 8:29 AM 2
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@Kumar123 LG and Samsung are both South Korean companies. LOL. Low class mentality? Look who's talking. Samsung dominance will be over? HAHAHA. Samsung mobile division is just a tip of an iceberg. It is bigger than Apple and LG combined.
posted on Dec 16, 2016, 12:49 PM 0
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