Samsung may still be first with a bendable phone, as Huawei flips on the launch

Samsung may still be first with a bendable phone, as Huawei flips on the launch
Huawei reportedly tasked one of the world's largest display makers, the Chinese BOE, with delivering flexible OLED panels for its future bendable phone plans. It turns out that making OLED screens with the needed quality and sufficient quantity is not as easy a task as it sounds. BOE reportedly has 70% yield out of its OLED sheets, but if you count the ones that are produced with the quality Apple would demand, the yield actually drops to the single digits.

Thus, Apple may have to forego BOE as its third OLED panel supplier, as it has passed neither the quality, nor the mass production tests, while LG Display has now at least gone through the quality rounds, and will be trying to scale the production up. What does that have to do with Huawei?

Well, remember when the company was rumored to unveil the world's first bendable phones, probably ahead of Samsung even? The speculated November timeframe has now moved to "you will not even have to wait another year," so Huawei could very well release it next fall when it sees what Samsung does with its Galaxy F, or whatever it's called. 

Thanks to the unsuccessful attempts to build OLED lines with enough quality yield, BOE is reportedly delaying its investments into the B11 plant that is meant for flexible panels which were supposed to go into Huawei's bendable phone. That's just one of many possible reasons Samsung may still be first on the block with a Gumby phone, after all, and we can't wait to see the $1500 wonder when it flips open.

source: Die Welt (translated) & ETNews (translated)



1. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Well at least it's something innovative at 1500$ not some Xs, Xs MAX and Xr nonsense at astronomical prices. and was the imbecile to come up with that naming...

3. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You want to pay 1500$ to be guinea pig for beta phone because it's innovative? ok..

5. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

And you want to pay 1000$ for a phone with no innovation but astronomical prices.

7. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

yes? if you mean iPhone X, i owned that phone almost for a year and couldn't be happier. Why would i pay for pointless innovations instead something actually useful? :)

10. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

I meant the iPhone 2018 lineup. Yes you are right, why would you pay for pointless innovations, when Apple already had the bendgate.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You should be thankful that there are people who can afford to buy beta phone so that you can afford to get at least a final product.

4. midan

Posts: 3010; Member since: Oct 09, 2017


2. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Yes at least that justify a price above £1000, non of the current phones should be over £850 Especially the iPhones that is just adding extra profit.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Huawei like to be the first in anything. (and then release the actual product much later)

9. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Why is the author talking as though BOE screens are not good enough for Apple. BOE is the supplier of Apples iPad screens.

11. blastertoad

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Oled screens, not lcd

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