Apple and Google reportedly partner with LG Display on flexible OLEDs for foldable devices


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.

source: ETNews

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18 Comments

1. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

lol looks like no major oem are interested in that pentile super amoled crap.

2. s.mrabet

Posts: 147; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

LOL, pentile is so 2010..get your facts straight :)

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I know you'll praise pentile if apple actually use it on future iPhone, lol...

9. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

I think you didn't read the article it says google and apple will use lg amoled panels and not pentile crap

4. Kumar123 unregistered

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.

5. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Where is LG from?

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You just got his pea sized mind blown.

6. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

haha, quality? just buy mi note 2 from xiaomi and see very bad quality panel oled from lg.

7. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

The reason they are going with lg is because lg are masters in manufacturing rgb amoled panels unlike samsung pentile crap.

10. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You are a big Samsung troll. You are also a brainless version of it. What country is LG from?

11. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Mny nhi socha tha ky bharat may bhy tery jesy CHUTIYA hy... Jub dekho tery pass whey BEKAR or SDY HUI baat milty hy.. 6ka

12. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Mny nhi socha tha ky bharat may bhy tery jesy CHUTIYA hy... Jub dekho tery pass whey BEKAR or SDY HUI baat milty hy.. 6ka

14. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@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.

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

LG is Korean too....

17. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

LG Is a korean company too. Lmaoo

8. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

LG is also a Korean manufacturer, lol.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Lg, Samsung, Kia etc.. all South Korean companies.

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So 2 companies using amoled for years are surprises, while Crap apple who still has nothing is in front of it....OMFG iphonearena, you keep surprising me with this bias...

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