Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

LG Display joins Samsung as OLED suppliers for the Apple iPhone

LG Display joins Samsung as OLED suppliers for the Apple iPhone

Since the launch of iPhone X, Samsung has been the sole supplier of OLED displays and it could leverage its monopoly status to charge high premiums but now that LG is on board, Apple can get the panels more quickly and might even be able to negotiate cost cuts.

The news come via unnamed sources from Korean Herald subsidiary ETNews, so take it with a grain of salt. Apple had always been planning to bring the Korean manufacturer onboard as the second supplier of OLED panels to reduce its reliance on its sole OLED display panel provider and biggest competitor in the smartphone industry, Samsung.

Competition from LG could lower the prices allowing the iPhones to be more profitable. In addition, the display company is preparing to begin mass-production of OLED panels at two manufacturing lines of its E6 plant, which have been operational only for a test run until recently.

But are the screens good enough?

The sources said LGD's sixth-generation flexible OLED panels recently passed a series of Apple's quality tests.

The display company also has the E5 OLED plant now up and running, but the facility has been utilized mainly for R&D projects. It will be commencing two more OLED manufacturing lines soon so we may not see restricted availability of the XS and the XS Max this time as it was the case with iPhone X past year. The base models of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are priced at Rs 99,000 and Rs 1,09,000 respectively. For those unaware, according to a report from IHS Markit, the priciest component of iPhone X is the OLED screen.

In fact, Samsung was left exclusively in charge of iPhone X display production a year ago, leading to a pretty large gap between the handset's official announcement and commercial release.

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