Google could invest $880 million in LG's Display division to secure OLED panels for the Pixel 2


The next Pixel phone can't come soon enough. With Google I/O conference just around the corner, rumors about the next flagship to be released by the search giant start to pile up. Google had been using a couple of Android partners to build its smartphones, and things will probably not change in the near future.

The previous Nexus phone were made by two companies, LG and Huawei, whereas the current Pixel phone have been manufactured by HTC. However, LG is very close to secure another contract from Google if we are to believe the latest reports coming from the Korean media.

Up to $880 million await LG's decision to allow Google to invest in its display division, which is supposed to enable the search giant to secure enough OLED panels for its upcoming Pixel phone.

Reports from Korea claim Google recently announced it's ready to invest 1 trillion won ($880 million) in LG Display's OLED panel production line. If the South Korean company accepts the offer, Google could increase the size of the investment depending on the details of the contract, such as supply conditions.

Google had been using AMOLED displays provided by Samsung for the Pixel and Pixel XL, but it looks like the Mountain View company wants to switch to another display provider.

The decision may or may not be related to the latest rumors claiming Apple has struck a deal with Samsung for nearly 70 million bendable OLED displays that will be included in the iPhone 8.

We'll see how this goes, but LG Display is expected to provide an answer very soon since the next Pixel phone will be announced in the coming months.

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19 Comments

1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

What for? LG doesn't even use OLED.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They have OLED displays in their flagship TVs. And since Google is investing for their Pixel devices, it wouldn't matter if LG uses them in their G series phones or not. LG can produce OLED displays for other OEMs and still keep using IPS in their own line.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also LG make the OLEDs in the Apple Watch

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

LG does use OLED panels. They've been used in their G Flex line of phones. I believe they've had OLED phone displays for at least a couple years now.

18. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They've made some but the quality was pretty poor compared to Samsung's AMOLED displays, the fact they went back to IPS displays says it all really, they're a few years behind Samsung.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They have used OLED before in mobile devices, keeping this on the subject of mobile devices and not TVs.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Was that called for? They make displays for TVs, makes sense that they could also make displays for phones doesn't it? I didn't realize they made OLED displays for mobile devices already, but I knew they made them for TVs. Quit trying to passively aggressively pick a fight, if you have something to say to me, then say it to me.

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

It's complicated, you're comparing two different types of OLED technology, one well suited for mobile devices due to power efficiency and other better suited for larger displays. Nothing stopping LG from developing their own but they're already years behind Samsung. On the other hand Samsung can't develop competing OLED TV's due to patents LG acquired some time back.

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Dope! This can help keep LG in the mobile business from this profit. LG recently stated that they were focusing more on the auto-tech business due to low smartphone sales.

13. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Lg sell displays to 100 of manufactor apple Xiaomi condor lenovo oppo and other that we d"ont know since the first iphone use lg display for mcbook and ipad and for smartwatch so lg with apple only make billions of dollars i remember in 2015 lg made 3 billions $ only with apple watch

4. bbylizard

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I saw LG and Pixel 2 and thought for a second they would go for an LCD panel, glad that's not the case.

5. burekbrigada

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Another "smart analyze" from PA. Investment or not, production will come in the best case for Pixel 4.

8. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Let's hope Google also invest more in the design department so the Pixel 2 doesn't look so generic and boring.

9. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Slightly unrelated but I hope the pixel 2 is based on the LG G6 or an exact copy actually with a Sd835 instead of the sd821.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No. Why? Because it dosen't have to be and why does it not have to be? Because this isn't the nexus programme where the phone is based off of the hardware manufacturers flagship and even so it isn't lg doing the hardware but htc in this case.

15. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Because that would be the only phone I see that can beat the GS8. Ther's also rumours that both LG and HTC are bidding to manufacture the pixel 2. And since HTC sucks, I want LG to win and make it exactly like the G6 design wise.

12. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Well, the only certainty is that the amoled came to stay. Or change the old LCD or stay back

17. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I doubt this will happen, can't imagine Samsung would too happy with Google investing that much into a competitor.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So what if they're unhappy? It's not Google's job to placate Samsung. Besides, they paid $12.5B for Motorola, also a competitor. Regardless, Google is under no obligation to buy Samsung's panels, and the panels that go into other OEM's devices are not as good a quality as the ones that go into their own. They're selling everyone their castoffs and keeping the best for themselves.

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