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Samsung might lose its iPhone-exclusive OLED business to a Chinese company

By Cookie Monster - on 29 Nov 2017, 2:00am

Samsung might lose its iPhone-exclusive OLED business to a Chinese company

Samsung might be the exclusive supplier of OLED panels to Apple for two years, but a Chinese company could potentially win OLED orders for future iPhones. 

According to Korean publication ETNews, China's largest display manufacturer BOE reportedly offered to build two massive OLED production lines which would be used exclusively for Apple's orders. BOE is said to have proposed the multi-billion dollar deal to Apple during a recent visit.

In February 2017, Bloomberg reported that Apple tested AMOLED screens from BOE for several months and could consider the Chinese display manufacturer as a potential supplier. Another potential supplier could be LG Display; it has plans to invest $13.5 billion over the next three years to produce flexible OLED and is rumored to be working with Apple on a foldable iPhone. Apple is also developing its own OLED technology to reduce its reliance on Samsung. 

Although BOE's technical capabilities are inferior to Samsung and LG, the Chinese display manufacturer is working hard to catch up with its peers. It recently started the mass production of 6th generation flexible OLEDs and had a prototype panel similar to the one on the iPhone X. 

Source: ETNews via 9to5Mac

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