Report: Samsung to double OLED panel supply for iPhone 9

We're still about 4 months away from the announcement of this year's iPhone models, but it looks like Apple is already acting to secure display panels for its future handsets.

A hot new report from The Bell suggests that Cupertino and Samsung have recently signed a deal for the shipment of more than 180 million OLED panels, which will be used for the creation of Apple's 2018 flagship, tentatively called the iPhone 9. This is more than twice the amount which Sammie's display division has allegedly agreed to produce for 2017, in which Tim Cook & Co. are said to unveil at least one OLED-powered iPhone model.

Those of you who are actively following the story might be a bit puzzled (we know we are), as less than two months ago, sources from the East Asian country indicated that a two-year deal between the companies has already been sealed. However, said earlier reports didn't mention the amount which Samsung has agreed to produce for 2018, so it is possible that we now have the specifics for that particular period. 

Apparently, next year's iPhone 9 is expected to come in two OLED variants, one with a 5.28-inch screen, and one with a colossal 6.46-inch display. If Apple is truly planning to stop employing LCD panels on its phones from next year, these numbers might correspond with the tech giant's sales expectations. Still, it is advisable that you take this information with a huge grain of salt, as we first need to see Apple's plans for this year before we can safely label this as anything other than speculations.

The Korean media outlet cites an anonymous industry source, who has commented on the agreement:

source: The Bell (translated) via The Korea Herald



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung set to earn big yet again, and it's OLED game is really paying off now. Samsung Display rules!

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

let them enjoy oversaturated burned-in pentile screen... (that's what they said all this time to AMOLED screen, lol..)

16. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Well it was like that during s1 to S3 era. But after S4, Apple Fans and Android fans both started to see the advantages of the AMOLED Displays, since Samsung invested a lot to fix the issues with OLED displays. With s6 it became perfect.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

No, it didn't become perfect with S6. Neither is it perfect now. Please do some research through credible sources instead of unstable sites. Edit: This is a reply to no.16.

45. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

not perfect but just the best display ;o)

32. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The S2 didn't have a pentile layout, just regular RGB. And while burn in was a lot more common back then, my more than 6 year old S2 with over 5 thousand hours of screen on time, has no burn in signs and a setting that allows you to reduce saturation (to the point of looking undersaturated).

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple fans did not. You can go to almost any phone Samsung has released with an OLED display, and you see Apple haters who mention screen burn-in. Don't try to change their/your tune now.

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Take this in a grain of salt. Apple will move away from Samsung as fast as possible because they are the main competitors in the smartphone business. When that happens Samsung will have a hard time selling their stuff and earning money.

21. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yeah, Samsung processors are really struggling now... That was sarcasm. If you want the full details, ask AMD, Intel, Broadcom and everybody else who outsources production to Samsung these days.

27. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple has a history of using Samsung for their processors, DRAM, and NAND Flash, now they are getting screens from them. Samsung must enjoy making money off all the Apple fans that bash their inferior products. Haha

34. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's " Take this with a grain of salt" not " in a grain of salt" LMAO with you dumb comments today. Apple will never move away from Samsung because they need Samsung.

35. Tipus

Posts: 913; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Take this in a grain of salt. " This has to be really painfull for you to accept :))))

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Any article that mentions Samsung doing something, PA always says that...BUT(almost) NEVER IN AN APPLE ARTICLE. Biased hypocrites...yes it is killing them to have to praise of give any good news about Samsung. Samsung is the innovator and the leader in nearly every product category they are involved in and it just makes PA blood boil in hate! PA is equal to Vampires and Samsung is the Sun....What does the Sun do to Vampires?

43. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

come on man...u know apple want and needs is apples go to source and supply LOL...whether apple and iphonies like it or not LOL

47. ph00ny

Posts: 2077; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple has been bailed out by samsung on more than one occasion with their device launches when Sharp and LG were struggling with yield rates on the screen

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple can't move from Samsung yet. Of course we can't wait until they do. Because that it gonna be the downfall of the iPhone. Foxconn did by the display business from Sharp. But I'm not sure of the quality of their OLED tech. Even LG's own OLED tech. falls short of what Samsung has achieved. You hate Sasung so much. Yet th efacts hsow that the parts of iPhones that fail, are not made by Smasung. In fact Smasung parts have the lowest failure rates vs other tech companies in the same market Example, Mac's that use Toshiba or Hitachi drives, had more failures of drives vs when Apple used Samsung drivers. Apple had issues with the 128GB Internal Storage when hey moved also away from Samsung. Considering right now, in just 2 quarters of 2016, Apple had a 62% failure rate on tablets and phones, you need to rethink what moving away from Samsung really means. Because it is goign to mean, that 100% of the parts in side the iPhone will be sourced from China, who is known for shoddy quality and workmanship.

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Samsung FTW

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple is a fool though. Samsug won't provide the best and latest OLED panels, we keep it for our own Galaxy. Hehehe

8. Nopers unregistered

If Apple wants Samsung latest and greatest display, that's what Apple will get.

12. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

It depends. Sony never sells its newest and creates sensor until it's used on its flagships

13. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Newest and greatest *

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

FALSE! I tell you what. How much money you wnat to bet, the iPhone 8 display won't be of equal or better quality than what in the S8? YOU WANNA BET? PHONE FOR PHONE! DisplayMate will certainly compare the S8 display to the iPhone 8. Here is what you can count on. Considering the size of the phone, APple will likely not buy a displ;ay above QHD. So It likely isnt a 18:5 display. So that means its going to have a lower PPI count. Apple will likely choose a display, that is less saturated vs Samsung typical options. It certainly and most likely won't be Samsung's Super AMOLED panel. Also consider, other OEM's buy Samsung panels too and you haven't seen any Super AMOLED panels in them. What makes you think Apple is so special? You better stop smoking that Meth...BOY!!!!!!! Samsung isn't going to sell a product of a competitor and have it be better than their own. After all, Samsung provides Galaxy phones with both the Exynos and the SnapDragon. As you can see the Exynos always has overall better performance.

15. manishmuscat

Posts: 12; Member since: May 07, 2017

why does phonearena never ban this guy

19. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Do you have shares in Samsung? Because you sure make it sound like it.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And you know this how? Also if you made a product and then you also sourced a product, would you sell your best prodyct to a competitor? No matter what OLED display APple chose to buy, it will be better than any screen an iPhone ever had...PERIOD. Likely it is the display found on at leats the S6, which was at the time the best display on the market. It also could be the S7 display, which also received the same form DisplayMate. No it shouldn't be the display on the S8. Why would Samsung who makes their own phone, help a competitor be better or equal? That's not how business works.

4. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 655; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

All those years from Galaxy S2 days to now Samsung always been pushing amoled while others used LCD. Now after many years others finally using the tech Samsung has been perfecting each year. Bravo Samsung hope you make alot of money from this deal.

5. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

No no retina is the best display bla bla, well look ho is comming to the ibandwagon party now.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Markobarko.............don't bark if you don't know what you're saying. Retina display has nothing to do with OLED or LCD. It isn't a technology, but a pixel-per-inch count that's enough for the eyes to not be able to discern between separate pixels at a normal viewing distance from the screen. Next time, carry out some research before opeing your mouth!

33. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's a marketing term, outdated by the fact that many people can and have discerned between greater pixel densities at those " regular" (arbitrary in itself) viewing distances. For the simple fact alone that there's a good variance in " healthy" vision among humans with a rather larger standard deviation at that. Highlighting again how much meaning should be given to an average in terms of vision, combined with an average in terms of viewing distance.

44. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

retina with 720P is the best display ever LOL

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