Apple hogging OLED display supplies for future iPhones? No problem, say Huawei and Oppo, we'll make our own panels

OLED iPhone 8 concept image by Matteo Gentile

OLED iPhone 8 concept image by Matteo Gentile


Apple often sits on the sidelines regarding a new and unproven technology, and when it matures enough, it decides that it's good enough to be applied on a grand scale. Case in point is the OLED screen tech, and grand scale in Apple's case might mean that up to 70 million such panels might be needed for a premium iPhone 8 model with curved display next year.

The iPhone/S7 edge mashup Vivo Xplay 6 sports curved screen, dual camera, Snapdragon 820 and 6 GB RAM

The iPhone/S7 edge mashup Vivo Xplay 6 sports curved screen, dual camera, Snapdragon 820 and 6 GB RAM

Samsung has allegedly signed on a deal with Apple for up to 100 million panels already, and it is the globe's chief supplier of small-size OLEDs, so there will barely be anything to spare for a third maker, after Samsung and Apple are done outfitting their flagships with such screens in 2017. 

That duopoly, however, is not the only one that uses OLED screens in their phones. The Vivo Xplay 6 that was just announced, for instance, is equipped with a 5.7" Dual edge display of the type that Samsung used for the Note 7, as you can see in the image on the right.

That is why a group of Chinese phone makers - actually, the ones that currently hold the most market share in China - are teaming up to form a consortium and scale up production of OLED displays from sources other than Samsung or Apple suppliers, tip supply chain sources:


Oppo, Vivo, and Huawei, which collectively moved more than 70 million handsets last quarter, will be investing in Royole - an OLED screen maker you've probably never heard of - to ramp up its production significantly in the next year or two, and are also exploring other independent options. 

That has to be a lot of ramping up, given that those options are said to be able to produce only a hundred thousand panels monthly, but when there is a will, there is a way. The Chinese makers aren't really concerned about 2017, as Apple is expected to have only one OLED iPhone model then, but rather for the 2018-2020 period, when it is likely to hog all extra supply while trying to diversify from Samsung to other partners in OLED making like Sharp or JDI.

source: DigiTimes

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17 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Miss Independent......

2. twens

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I thought amoled screens were a gimmick on the other fence. Guess it wouldn't be anymore. Lol

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

- 2k is useless - OLED suffer from burn-in - OLED is over-saturated at least 2 of those 3 argument will be gone next year... when apple use it and sheep will lick their own spit

16. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All three are gone for over a year.

3. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Fans of Apple iPhone with curved AMOLED or OLED display (or the Super Mega Retina HD Pro "marketing name" of the screen) be like: "Wow. First in the world. Such innovation. Samsung and other Chinese smartphones will copy this tech. Apple should patent it immediately. Amazing. Premium. Wow".

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Apple comes the others will leave. Sorry guys but this is Apple.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That makes literally no sense. If what you said was true, Apple would be the only smartphone manufacturer around.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well I think he means that Apple shows up when others leave or, in other words, move on to the next gen technology. That is usually the case and he is probably just being critical of Apple's lack of cutting edge tech adaptation.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's hilarious, attributing that sentiment to him. He's a diehard Apple troll.

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Have you never read one of his posts before? He's a complete Apple fanatic and really not that deep of a thinker.

5. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Not gonna lie, that black concept in the article is one sexy looking phone. I want it.

6. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

They should've invested in sharps displays

7. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

"The new ioled by, Apple."

9. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Gosh I want that Vivo phone. If that xplay 6 has stereo speakers like the Xplay3S and a brilliant camera setup like the xshot I'll be all over this one.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Lovely, s**tty low level unknown oled makers providing panels to Chinese phones meanwhile top of the top samsung/lg panels goin to them respectively and Apple. lol

15. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I these iSheeps have been saying that OLED is a gimmick and isn't a good technology to begin with. Now I see, they love it.

17. tech_mate

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 30, 2016

Vivo xPlay 6 seems to be a child from an extra marital affair of Samsung and Apple.

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