Never mind Netflix: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't have HDR displays, the iPhone X does

While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now in the official list of Netflix-certified phones that can display its HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, you won’t be getting the real HDR experience, as the standard’s requirements are only covered in full by the upcoming iPhone X. Not that Apple has been claiming otherwise, as it does list just the iPhone X as fully HDR-compliant in its own specs comparison table with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

So, why did Netflix list the two new iPhones in its mobile HDR roster? Well, the same reason that the G6 popped up as …


Shortages of all-screen displays likely to increase smartphone manufacturing costs in 2018

Bezel-less smartphones have already become a trend in the industry. Few major smartphone brands have yet to launch an almost bezel-less handset, but come 2018 those few will probably embrace the new trend as well.

Unless there won’t be enough all-screen displays that these smartphones require. In fact, there’s currently a shortage of smartphone panels, which is expected to continue into 2018. The main cause is the strong demand for “customized all-screen panels” and not enough manufacturers to fulfill it.

Apparently, the all-screen panel size requirements …

Apple's smartglasses may come with 3D cameras, but with no dedicated displays

Back at the end of June, we told you how former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster said that the Apple iPhone will eventually be supplanted in popularity by the company’s rumored pair of AR smartglasses. Munster says that iPhone sales will peak in 2019 with the launch of Apple’s smartglasses beginning the following year. It is hard to believe that a pair of glasses with Augmented Display will become more popular than one of the most beloved smartphone brands in the world. 

Smartglasses are going to be a whole new ballgame, although at first blush the product will drive iPhone sales since …

What's the future of LED displays? Apple already working on own micro-LED units, reports say

Back in 2014, Apple acquired LuxVue to develop advanced micro-LED screens – a technology that is still not in mass production, but looks promising to be the ‘next big thing’ in display tech. A recent report suggests that Cupertino has been working actively on concepts that make use of mico-LED diodes, together with infrared sensors, and what not. The emerging screen tech holds massive potential, in terms of energy reduction, capacity for unseen before display features, as well as a much better all-round visual experience.

In recent months, various official and semi-confirmed …

Samsung working on a 4K '800ppi' phone screen, and 7th-gen AMOLED displays

Tucked neatly in the info that Samsung will be starting production of 7th generation AMOLED panels from Q2 next year, is this little nugget: “Samsung Display has continued research to diversify its OLED portfolio to include foldable OLED, chip-on-plastic OLED and 800ppi high-resolution OLED.”

Well, we are not surprised that the 7th generation will be upon us next year, while every other OLED screen maker is still tooling up for the 6th, and with every new generation we get better panel quality, less power draw, and the like, but it’s the other three things mentioned that piqued …

Red discoloration of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ displays upset buyers in Korea

After last year’s fiasco with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it was very important for Samsung to have no problems at all with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. So the company took extra time, unveiling the phones a month later than usual to make sure that the flagship models would launch without any issues. But over the last few days, several Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners in Korea started complaining about a reddish tint that was showing up on their devices.

Pictures of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ popped up on social media sites as insecure device owners asked others if they …

Top 5 smartphones with curved screens and edgeless displays coming in 2017

With “curved screen” and “edgeless display” designs becoming distinguishing features of truly modern smartphones, odds are good that we’ll be seeing plenty of such specimens pop up throughout 2017. The technology is available, Samsung and LG’s flexible OLED screen factories are firing at full capacity, and people seem to love the sleek, futuristic look of smartphones like the Galaxy S8, the LG G6, or last year’s Xiaomi Mi Mix.

The path is clear for all manufacturers willing to update their flagship phone designs, and that’s a great thing! This year, we are very …

Netflix: sorry, our UHD streams don't support the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 HDR displays for now

As you can see in our chat with Netflix reps below, only devices that are certified as being able to display its streaming UHD content can show it in its full glory. Both the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 aren’t among those just yet, despite being tagged with “Mobile HDR Premium” and “Dolby Vision” displays, respectively. Thankfully, Netflix is said to be working on mobile-first streaming, so we hope that these two flagships’ HDR abilities will be in the mix, along with more coming down the pipe, like Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, which actually has a 4K display, and is HDR compliant …

LG's next flagship phones will likely feature FullVision displays (à la G6)

Released last week in South Korea (and coming soon to the US), the LG G6 features a display like no other. Called FullVision, this is a 5.7-inch panel with a unique 1440 x 2880 pixel resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen also has round corners, and there’s very little bezel around it, this making the G6 the most compact 5.7-inch phone to date.

If you like the idea behind this new display, but you’re not particularly impressed by the G6 as a whole, you may want to wait for LG’s next flagship smartphones, as these will almost certainly feature FullVision …

Patent application reveals how Apple might use flexible OLED displays in future devices

A recently published Apple patent application might have just given us an idea of how Cupertino will employ the flexible OLED display technology in the future. This application is named “Electronic devices with retractable displays”, and it describes a scroll-like portable device hosting such a screen which retracts into two cylindrical casings.

Before you start looking for a high-tech toga to match, it is worth noting that we probably won’t see Apple pushing this type of gadgets on the market soon due to the current high production costs and limited availability …