New Samsung Galaxy Edge phones may use LG components
As we're waiting for Samsung to officially announce the Galaxy Note 7 (which will seemingly be the first Note to sport a dual curve screen), we have an interesting thing to share about some of Samsung's future smartphones: according to South Korean publication Chosunn Ilbo, Samsung is seriously considering using LG-made components inside its future curved handsets.
The Chosunn Ilbo reports that Samsung is eyeing a certain "2 metal chip-on film" made by LG Innotek (one of LG's main subsidiaries which directly competes with Samsung Electro-Mechanics). This LG component is used to connect display panels to main circuit boards, and it's said that it's the only one that can be folded, which makes it ideal for Samsung's curved displays. LG plans to begin mass producing its 2 metal chip-on film in the second half of 2016, so Samsung Galaxy Edge (and maybe Note) smartphones from 2017 could certainly use it.
This would be the first time (as far as we remember) for Samsung to rely on an LG-made component for its smartphones. It's well known that Samsung and LG are big rivals - not just when it comes to phones, but also as tech companies in general.
The Chosunn Ilbo notes that Lee Jae-yong, Samsung's current chairman, wants the company's devices to use the best components, regardless of their maker. As long as the end products are better, we as users won't mind, right?
source: The Chosunn Ilbo