Google Wants Curved OLED Screens For Next Pixel Phone Says Rumors

Posted: Apr 10 2017, 5:45am CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

Google Wants Curved OLED Screens for Next Pixel Phone Says Rumors

Google moves to secure curved OLED production from LG Display

Google is trying to secure a supply of flexible OLED displays for its next Pixel smartphone according to a source from the supply chain. The rumor claims that Google has offered to inved $880 million in LG Display Co. in an effort to secure its own supply of curved OLED screens. According to Business Insider, Google and LG Display haven't yet made the deal exclusive.

Reports indicate that LG is currently considering the investment offer. If this deal doesn't work out for Google, it may not be able to secure a supply of flexible OLED displays for the foreseeable future. Samsung Display has most of its supply tied up with a deal it has in place with Apple that sees it making 160 million curved displays thought to be for the iPhone 8.

The only other major screen maker out there is Japan Display Inc and it has already stated that it will not have the capacity to build flexible OLED panels until sometime in 2018. If LG Display says no to Google, the hopes of Pixel fans for a curved screen smartphone, at least in the next year, will be dashed.

At the same time if Google is able to wrap up a massive amount of production from LG Display for its own Pixel line and Apple has most of Samsung Display's production wrapped up this likely means no other major smartphones will be offered with curved OLED screens because there aren't enough panels available to go around.

Other Pixel rumors suggest the next smartphone in the series will also have a much better camera than the original Pixel. Google is also tipped to be working on a version of the next Pixel that will have pared down performance and features aimed at emerging markets.

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