One more analyst hints at OLED iPhone 7s in 2017, with all displays supplied by Samsung
2016 is far from over, and there are plenty of interesting high-end gadgets left to be unveiled by the end of the year, including new iPhones, a second-gen Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Note 6 or Note 7, LG V10 sequel, HTC-manufactured Nexus duo, and Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book follow-ups.
But none of those appears to generate as much buzz as two devices expected out sometime in 2017, namely the first ever iPhone with an AMOLED screen and likely all-glass design too, and the so-called Samsung Galaxy X, aka Project Valley, foldable handheld pioneer.
What could the two possibly have in common? The same display provider, it seems, consolidating an unusual yet longstanding alliance between two companies that are primarily arch-rivals.
If Apple indeed decides to use its adversary’s lauded OLED panels, the collaboration will of course be mutually lucrative, although in a way, Samsung has even more to gain than the actual iPhone 7s (or 8) vendor.
Especially if UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois is correct in predicting “100% of the edge OLED display supply for the first iPhone adopting it in 2H17 will be from Samsung”, following visits at several supply chain companies.
Gaudois challenges past rumors about Samsung contributing only a (large) portion of the iPhone 7s screens, but he admits LG remains in contention for a secondary supplier spot as far as the 2018 generation is concerned. No words on JDI or Foxconn this time around, and nothing else to report on the specification or appearance front.