Samsung Display invests millions in OLED production lines, possibly to supply next-gen iPhone screens


It looks organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays are indeed the way forward. English-language publication Business Korea reports that Samsung Display made a $325.73 million (400 billion won) investment in its existing flexible OLED manufacturing lines in Tangjeong.

The company spent its millions on purchasing production gear from 10 OLED equipment manufacturers for production facilities in a bid to double the factory's output from 15,000 pieces of mother glass to 30,000 pieces monthly. Mother glass is the largest possible size of glass produced that won't break under its own weight. It gets its name as it "gives birth" to many smaller flat-panel screens. Most of what makes a screen, the pixels and what connects them, are "grown" on the mother glass through layering materials and chemical processes.

The Tangjeong factory will become Samsung Display's largest flexible OLED production base. eBEST Investment & Securities Co. forecasts that Samsung Display's total flexible OLED panel production capabilities will be increased by more than two times, from the current 39,000 sheets per month to 90,000 sheets per month. The new lines are likely to start operating early next year.

Industry watchers speculate that Samsung Display has made the investment in a bid to meet demand for flexible OLED panels by Apple. There is strong buzz in the industry that Apple has decided to use OLED screens in the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8, and is cooperating with major display manufacturers, including Samsung Display, JDI, and LG Display. Japanese newspaper Nikkei claims that Apple is looking to switch to OLED as early as next year, and is close to signing contracts with Samsung and LG's display divisions to supply OLED panels. Both are already busy making flexible OLED displays for the Apple Watch.

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67 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wonder when Apple would switch to Amoled, will they change iOS colors to mainly blacks? Currently iOS has a lot of white backgrounds and while this improves readability, it would be a battery hog with Amoled

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you haven't been following AMOLED technology for quite some time. In fact AMOLED displays are using far less energy period. Even if they show off all white pixels. Also they offer the thinnest profile. You clearly are a clueless rebel.

12. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

he is not clueless. Amoled consume more power while displaying white. Amoled is the future. LCD will die away slow.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong. With the latest and thinnest OLED panels, they consume less energy compared to IPS displays. Another thing to remember here is Samsung is not investing in OLED production lines for Apple. As if Samsung gives a $hit whether Apple buys OLED displays from Samsung or not. Samsung is investing in the their own lines for the own displays. As well as all the other oems, and not just for Apple. This is click bait.

57. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed @ sgodsell. Nek minit people will be thinking that Samsungs Bns of $$ invested in UFS memory tech will be for the iPhone 7 as well. When will these self centred apple w***es realise its not always about Apple!!!!!

60. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Wrong.. Samsung bent over backwards to get the deal to produce Apple A chips.. It got to the point where Samsung was practically giving them to apple for free to win the majority of the order.. Samsung cares is very much about getting this deal.. It would be a huge boost to profit and I bet you Apple will be getting a very nice price cut for choosing Samsung. As it stands no one can produce enough OLED to supply Apple.. Samsung can barely meet their own demands.. This makes silence if Samsung was to meet their own demand as well as an other OEM.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yes Amoled made progress and has been more power efficient than before,even with whites. But it doesn't take away the fact that whites uses more than blacks. And I doubt it will be less power hungry than an LCD based screen with mostly whites screens.http://www.anandtech.com/show/9394/analysing-amoled-power-efficiency Awwww another one trying to attempt to be humorous with an old lame joke. Nice try though.

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My ips screen on my moto x play use less power than amoled on the S6 so yeah if they dont make it more dark its will use more power for nothing. Personally i love Amoled colors and deep black but i hate the durability of those screen. They dont like Very cold or too much direct sunlight its can eventually damage those

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The S7 amoled is the best screen out there at the moment, one of the reasons I pre-ordered the S7 Edge. Even with an IPS screen at the moment, most of my apps are set to black themes anyway. Easier on the eyes

43. mitchytan92

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

How did you tell if the Moto X Play IPS display consumes more power than AMOLED?

52. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

How did you measure this power usage? What kind of gear? Which screen likes very cold or too much direct sunlight?

2. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But fanboys say apple doesn't need it that Apple screen is the best without it (lol yeah right) once again Apple will copy, oh I for got it only Samsung that copies, Apple never copies , lol right

4. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you are holding on to very, very old arguments...Who says that? If the technology is finally ready, then im all in.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

How is that Touch ID, glass and metal design, Samsung pay, gold phone, S voice working out for you?

28. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Samsung had a fingerprint scanner on its phones from the same supplier about 7 years before Apple "came up with the idea". Samsung had gold phones years before Apple, even the typical gold color that Apple first used, had already been seen on the Alpha, in metal too. Samsung Pay was an evolution of Google Wallet (years older than Apple Pay), just like Google Pay, S Voice was a direct evolution of Vlingo, used by Samsung before Apple introduced Siri on its phones. Next nonsensical and uninformed argument.

61. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

The original finger print scanner from Samsung was a joke, slow, unreliable.. It was never moved to its more popular devices. Apple not only got it reliable but it wasn't slow and incorporated it deep into the OS.. Something Samsung again failed to do besides the 5s. Samsung might of beat Apple to it but they didn't do it as good as Apple did. Google created Google Wallet and did NOTHING with it, Google was first but wasted the opportunity, Apple Pay came about before Samsung pay

66. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Still, Samsung was earlier than the Aplle copycats on all those features. Apple can't innovate s**t.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Gold phone?

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

As much as I am annoyed by those who says Apple is copying blah blah blah It is also annoying that people always say "Apple waited fot it to become ready/mature" nonsense.

13. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

why? Is that not the truth? Its well known Apple doesnt exactly invent stuff but includes things when its ready. Do you not remember those pentil amoled screens?

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope its not the truth.. Amoled screen cost more but cost are comming down. So now thats the cost are lower and apple need to add more because otherwise next iphone will fail well they wil use amoled. Its all a question of keeping margin at high as possible not a question of technology ready... its been ready since years!

29. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's always been a supply issue for Apple. even for LCD they need three suppliers, and they barely meet the demand. of course no company would be able to meet Apple's demand if they use AMOLED.

30. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Yes, I do. They had lower brightness, but better contrast to make up for that in bright light. Their calibration did not match any of the existing widely used standards such as sRGB, but 3rd party software could fix that on the S1, 6 years ago. Thus that had nothing to do with the tech, everything with choice of calibration. My 5 year old S2 with 5000 SOT has zero burn in and all the benefits were already there: partial display use, much better contrast, much less loss of contrast under an angle, much more comfortable in dark environment due to deep blacks, etc. In the meantime, hundreds of millions of panels have been sold and are in use, more than 70 million by Samsung last quarter alone. And still, some claim it isn't or hasn't been mature. Comedy of the day. By mature, Apple means cheap enough to keep their high or increase their high margins. No benefit for the customer in holding back progress.

41. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Apple Wait to it came cheap to add

45. Unordinary unregistered

Guess my friends Note 5 had a special burn-in feature they didn't tell us about :) SIGNMEUP!!!

54. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I only saw burn-in on display phones on malls, because their screens are on at max brightness for more than half of the day, my 3 year old Galaxy S3 has no such burn-in. I also owned a Note 4, no burn-in happened.

55. Unordinary unregistered

Explains my friends scenario I guess. Dudes on his phone 70% of the time I'm with him, playing CoC lol.

56. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, that's very very far from "normal usage", no wonder he got burn-in. Your friend need to chill LOL

58. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Not ready or mature. Cheap, so that they can charge more for their phones (at least a $100 bump I bet in the range) and gain more profit from it. Soon the base model 16gb iPhone will be well over $1k USD. And apple will use every trick in the book to convince you i5heep that its worth every penny... lolz to you guys

62. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

It isn't Nonsense.. In 2013 people were calling things like OLED the future but too expensive and a immature technology with a short lifespan compared to LED.. And with extreme limited supply.. Even today no one would be able to meet Apple demands for OLED if they swooped over today. Apple waits.. See what works.. And comes out with what works..

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