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LG to manufacture 6.5-inch OLED displays for Apple's next iPhone

LG to manufacture 6.5-inch OLED displays for Apple's next iPhone”

LG's new 8K OLED TV will be shown at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicks off January 9 in Las Vegas. This coincides with reports a year ago that Apple would be investing up to $2.6 billion in LG Display to allow the company to build more OLED production lines and dedicate some of them exclusively to Apple's orders.

The company will be headed to CES 2018 with a giant 88-inch 8K OLED TV in tow.

What's more, LG's 8K TV is likely to be considerably more expensive than anything on the market.

Because OLED displays are self-emissive LG claims it has been able to achieve this without sacrificing brightness. So expect nothing less than that for a TV with double the resolution.

LG recently came second in WitsView's Q3 global ranking of TV vendors by shipments, surpassed only by Samsung, who continue to focus on making a QLED a more viable alternative to OLED for prospective premium TV buyers. Regardless, the 88-inch TV is definitely an upgrade from its predecessor, the 77-inch panel with 4K resolution.

While Samsung is following a different path, LG still sees competition from countries like Japan, and the company's display arm has made investments in billions of dollars to increase production and take OLED displays mainstream.

ChannelNews is also tipping that Samsung, Philips and several Chinese brands along with Japanese brand Sharp will reveal 8K TV's at CES.

The product has 33 million pixels (7680 × 4320 pixels), 16 times the resolution of a full HD display (1920 × 1080) and quadruple that of a UHD display (3840 × 2160).

Samsung will reportedly remain on board as the main supplier for Apple's smaller OLED displays. Given that a smaller 77-inch 4K OLED now sells for around £20,000, you can probably draw your own conclusions about retail potential. OLED displays are brighter and offer more vivid colors compared to an LCD display, but are also more expensive to manufacture.



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