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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire, and since the iPhone AMOLED flame is constantly exacerbated by tipsters pouring gasoline all over it, you can bet the farm on Apple’s move away from LCD technology happening sooner rather than later. Probably not this year, though. Granted, OLED smartphone screens are already cheaper to produce than their liquid-crystal display counterparts, but no major component suppliers can commit to the kind of numbers Cupertino needs to satisfy its fans’ rampant demand. Hiring more than one company to furnish the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus organic light-emitting ...

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    With plenty of reservations and $3.5 billion, Foxconn finds itself the majority shareholder of Sharp. Now what will they do? "I am committed to make speedy investments in Sharp to help develop the next-generation display technology," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou said when the two companies met in Osaka to seal the deal. That display technology is OLED — something Samsung does so well in, it makes more than 95 percent of the market supply according to research firm Sigma Intell. As Apple is reportedly scouting out as many sources for as many displays as possible for an iPhone without an ...

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    Samsung, Xiaomi and Meizu better watch out. The future Apple is coming after them. Or something like that. It's always fun to pick around and see how the fortune tellers in office buildings see the future. In our case, it's especially fun to talk about some stellar hardware. Ming-chi Kuo has been a highly regarded analyst for a while at KGI Securities and he got the iPhone SE (mostly) in the bag. Didn't catch that part about the iPhone 5s dropping out of the race, huh? So, what's Kuo dealing this time in a research note on the 2017 iPhone? Maybe it'll be a big enough break from tradition ...

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    Sharp has found its suitor to help the company out of its financial rut. And even after Foxconn watered down its offer after surveying even more of Sharp's financial liabilities it didn't learn about earlier, it looks like the offer was something the Japanese electronics manufacturer couldn't refuse. Sources for Reuters have relayed that Sharp will officially accept Foxconn's takeover bid, now worth in the neighborhood of ‎¥400 billion, down from the previously reported ¥489 billion ($4.3 billion) and once valued at ¥700 billion ($6.1 billion). Both companies will hold board ...

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    Smartphone users are nothing if not a group that has some strongly-held preferences. Manufacturers, operating systems, carriers, screen sizes: it feels like everyone's got a preference about something, and we've seen some heated debated emerge between users with opposing views. That extends to the tech that makes up the displays on our phones, and while there are lots of different ways these panels can be fabricated, they largely fall into two camps: LCD and OLED. Are you a fan of LCD panels and their ubiquitous nature, or do you love the deep blacks and more-vibrant-than-real-life color ...

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    Is it an inevitability that Apple will transition to OLED screens for future generations of the iPhone? A number of industry sources would sure have us think so, and it feels like there's no shortage of rumors claiming that Apple's looking to make the switch sometime within the next few years. Even if we take that move as given, when would Apple actually move forward with this plan? Sometimes we hear rumors talking about Apple going OLED as soon as next year with the iPhone 7s, while other rumors have looked further out, suggesting that 2018 would be the more likely year to see an OLED ...

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    It took a while, but Apple's finally come around to the idea of selling smartphones with multiple display sizes: already we have the standard 4.7-inch iPhone, as well as 5.5-inch Plus model, and sources sure seem confident that the company's about to launch a new 4.0-incher in a few weeks. But then yesterday a new rumor surfaced that suggested Apple could have plans for even larger iPhones yet, talking about a possible 5.8-inch handset that could help introduce OLED panels to the company's smartphone hardware. Do users really want a phone that's even larger than the iPhone Plus? A new ...

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    Apple's near-term smartphone future may include a return to smaller screens, but for the longer outlook some recent rumors haven't been talking so much about size, but about screen tech: and namely, when we might see Apple move past the LCD panels it's been using for years and give us an iPhone with an OLED display. We've heard industry reports suggesting that Apple could bring us an OLED iPhone as soon as next year (though others suggest a slower timetable), and now the latest adds another twist to this OLED story, claiming that the iPhone that brings us OLED screens could be Apple's ...

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    Nikkei's Chinese branch publication is reporting that Apple will switch its iPhones from LCD panels to OLED ones starting in 2017 following the signage of a reported deal between the company, LG and Samsung, worth up to $12 billion. Cupertino will apparently have enough inventory to build them into a theoretical iPhone 7s. Other reports have suggested a 2018 or, in KGI's case, a 2019 switch-over. But Nikkei claims that Apple is in a rush to keep sales growth going as it has not been doing too well with iPhone 6s inventory and would need a major aspect tweak in order to get through another ...

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    The deal needs clearance from regulators and shareholders. It might even need to clear the court of the Japanese public opinion. Sharp's corporate board said yes to Foxconn's proposal to take over the company, one valued at ¥700 billion or $6.24 billion. The bid had outdone a government fund's buyout plan and now potentially takes a 103-year-old Japanese firm out of domestic ownership. Foxconn manufactures many of Apple's mobile products while Sharp provides the LCDs that go into them. The latter company has gone into deep financial trouble trying to turn around its production line from ...

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    The sorry financial state of tech conglomerate Sharp has left few options for its creditors and potential acquirers in Japan. But Taiwan-based Foxconn sees a chance to gain a brand name and a crack at making products for its own profit. Chairman Terry Gou told press that the company had signed for prioritized negotiating rights with Sharp as part of a bid to take over the company. Sharp released a statement contrary to Gou's assertion, but indicated it would be negotiating with Foxconn through the end of the month. Inside sources say that Sharp currently favors a Foxconn proposal worth ...

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    We know that Sharp does a very, very mean LCD. But we've also been talking about Apple's edging away from those liquid crystals and more towards those organic light-emitting diodes. Samsung may be making some panels for a future iPhone. Japan Display says it will soon start making them, full stop. Its OLED production will ramp up during 2018 as it chases LG Display. That company's in the process of starting its own OLED factories. Sharp, LG Display, Japan Display and Samsung have all supplied LCD screens for iPhones. To tie Sharp into this story: Japan Display's biggest shareholder, a ...

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    Samsung Electronics may not be making the guts that will go into the next iPhone, but it will be making the Snapdragon 820. But applications processors aren't the only components the manufacturer makes; it's also into displays. And with Apple looking to change up its display technology come the year after next, what better time than now to prepare for things. Reports from inside sources say Samsung will invest up to $7.5 billion in facility expansion and new equipment to produce flexible OLED displays per month for future iPhones. Apple will order between 30,000 and 45,000 displays a month ...

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    Even the most ardent iFans have to admit Cupertino very rarely makes costly technological strides when there’s a cheaper alternative, and as far as iPhone screens are concerned, the move from IPS LCD to OLED is simply not considered a priority… yet. But sooner or later, it will become one, once the latter’s production is ramped up, and adoption expenses are reduced. For that to happen, Apple is reportedly working on a large-scale collaboration with Samsung and LG, two of its strongest handheld-designing rivals, but at the same time, two old and reliable component-supplying partners. ...

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    We've been talking a lot lately about OLED displays for smartphones, learning about manufacturers investing huge sums in their ability to produce such panels and fielding rumors about the possible move from LCD to OLED in a future iPhone. A lot of these stories are all based around talk of expenses: that lots of companies would like to build more phones with OLED screens, but right now they're just not super-competitive when compared to easier-to-produce LCDs. With all these new investments, there's good hope that could change, but it's been sounding like it could be several years before ...

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    Do you like OLED screens in your mobile gadgets? Sure, who doesn't? And are you excited to see what sort of products will arise from the growing availability of OLED screens that are super-durable and flexible? You, my friend, are not alone. Any fan of OLED tech is going to want to keep a close eye on LG going forward, as the company makes a sizable investment in its ability to produce such screens. LG is dropping some $8.7 billion on its investment in a massive plant for the production of OLED screens, not just for big television displays, but also those that will appear in the next ...

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    Is it just a matter of time before Apple releases an iPhone with an OLED display? It's one of those rumors that we hear every so often, thought it's really been heating up in recent weeks. About a month back we heard that Apple could turn to Samsung for OLED panels to be featured in the iPhone 7, though more recent reports repeated a rumor that was floating around over the summer, claiming that while a Samsung-made OLED screen could show up in a future iPhone, it probably wouldn't come in time for next year's iPhone 7, and it could still be three years or so before this change is ready to ...

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    In a sense, we have two struggling properties connecting a relay with this order. Xiaomi's been trying to prop up its popularity in lieu of its next flagship while LG is still trying to plod on with its combined electronics ambitions. One bright spot we saw from its recent earnings report was in the displays unit fittingly enough. It's been getting more orders and serving more customers. Xiaomi and LG Display are reportedly finalizing negotiations for the former to receive OLED smartphone displays from the latter. Signatures will be inked by the end of the year with shipments starting ...

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    Apple has had a long standing relationship with both LG and Sharp for its display needs. LG's IPS LCD technology has clearly satisfied Apple's needs years now, and this has even extended to Apple adopting LG's OLED displays for the Apple Watch. Surely there was a time when Samsung's AMOLED displays were not as great, but that has dramatically changed over the last two years, and it seems that Apple has taken notice. Inside sources claim that Apple and Samsung have already begun flirting about bringing Samsung's OLED displays to the Apple Watch. The source claims that Apple is already ...

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    When looking at smartphones and tablets, we often obsess over cores and gigs and screen sizes. While all those are important to weigh when evaluating a device, the component we see the most - that we interact with the most - is the screen. When talking about computers in days gone by, the fight was between LCD (liquid crystal display) and CRT (cathode ray tube) - with CRT eventually becoming all but a footnote in the annals of history. Today, the battle is between LCD and LED (light emitting diode) - more specifically between IPS and AMOLED. IPS LCD IPS (in-plane switching) was ...

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    It used to be that if you wanted a bright, saturated, high-contrast OLED display on your Samsung mobile device, that meant going with one of its smartphones; for years we've associated such panels with flagship models like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Despite a singular OLED-based tablet years ago, Samsung's tablet lineup had become firmly associated with LCD panels. But still, occasionally we'd catch wind of rumors that Samsung was working on a new OLED tablet project, and last year all that talk finally came to fruition in the form of the Galaxy Tab S. We got both 8.4-inch and ...

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    For quite a while now, we've been hearing talk about Samsung returning to the idea of outfitting tablets with bright, colorful OLED displays. These are the panels that make the company's flagship smartphones look as nice as they do, but for the overwhelming majority of its tablets, Samsung has been using LCD screens, instead. Rumors have slowly been circling around a pair of models that might bring OLED displays on tablets back to the forefront, and today we catch wind of a report that attempts to describe these tablets in a healthy amount of detail, as well as offers a name for this new ...

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    Samsung seriously has its hands full when it comes to Android tablets at the moment. We had the TabPROs and that one NotePRO at CES, and last week the company introduced the lower-end Tab4 lineup. With sizes running the gamut from 7.0 inches up to 12.2, and the differences in screen resolution and processing power between the families, you'd think that Samsung had all its tablet bases nicely covered. But there's still been this persistent rumor that Samsung has even more tablets on the drawing board, and it could be planning to bring OLED displays back to its tablet offerings with a few ...

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    Samsung has already introduced a nice spread of tablets this year, launching its new TabPRO and NotePRO models, but we've been under the impression that even more devices are on their way. We've seen plenty of evidence pointing to some lower-end Galaxy Tab4 models, and Samsung itself seemed to confirm their existence on its own site. Beyond that, we've been talking about the idea of Samsung returning to OLED displays for a tablet or two, and have been following some possible contenders. Today we see one such model return, alongside a slightly smaller tablet, in GFXBench performance ...

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