Samsung and LG to face competition for iPhone OLED panel supply, Sharp and Japan Display entering the race

Samsung’s display division may have been the sole OLED panel supplier for Apple in 2017, yet there are strong indications that things are about to change this year. Recently, it became clear that LG Display could be taking a piece of the iPhone pie in 2018, but if a new report is anything to go by, other manufacturers also harbor ambitions of providing panels for future Apple smartphones. 

According to information from DigiTimes, Japan Display (JDI) and Sharp will try to compete with Samsung and LG for Cupertino’s business. Foxconn-owned …


International arbitration panel orders BlackBerry to pay Nokia $137 million to settle a dispute

BlackBerry today said that it would go along with a ruling announced by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration. This ruling orders BlackBerry to pay $137 million to Nokia to settle a contract dispute between two of the earliest smartphone manufacturers. The dispute centered around certain payments that Nokia claims it was owed by BlackBerry under the terms of a patent license contract.

On November 29th, the Arbitration panel ruled in favor of Nokia, saying that the latter was owed $137 million by BlackBerry. The dispute between both firms was not related …

Alleged Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) panel reveals bezel-less design, dual selfie camera

The most advanced Galaxy A series smartphone that Samsung plans to launch in the coming weeks, the Galaxy A8 (2018) will surely surprise fans with some design choices.

Firstly, just like the Galaxy A5 (2018), the more expensive Galaxy A8 (2018) will feature a bezel-less design. The picture of a Galaxy A8 (2018) front panel that leaked over the weekend clearly confirms the smartphone will feature thin bezels.

Another unusual design decision is the addition of a dual-camera setup on the front side, just above the display. A dual selfie camera isn’t something common in the world …

OnePlus 5T to come with a Samsung-made AMOLED panel again?

As you’ve probably heard, the OnePlus 5 has gone out of stock, and the rumor mill is spinning like crazy with speculation that a OnePlus 5T is about to be launched. The company’s head honchos are also fanning the flame by tweeting cryptic hints and teases. Yeah, a new phone is coming from OnePlus.

The reason we call it the “OnePlus 5T” is because around this time last year the OnePlus 3 was replaced by the OnePlus 3T. So, while it’s not an official name, it’s quite possible that’s the title it will come with. If you want to check out everything we know about it, check this rumor review …

Alleged Huawei Mate 10 Pro front panel shows a 17:9 display with no rounded corners

Think of any device released in the past year or so that has one of those fancy new “bezel-less” designs — notice the one thing they all have in common? All of them — the Mi MIX, the G6, the S8, the Note 8, the V30, etc. — have the edges of their displays rounded off. This is a purely aesthetic choice (even though LG really wants you to think otherwise), and helps reduce the initial shock of the extra tall aspect ratio.

So when news first broke out that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will feature its own take on the full-screen design philosophy, …

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 front panel emerges, design coincides with alleged live pic

The announcement date for Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2 is just around the corner, and, as usual, more and more leaks are starting to come in. We’ve already seen alleged images of the phone’s back and front, and today, we have another leak for you coming straight from Chinese website Weibo.

As you can see, this new photo pretty much coincides with the supposed live image of the device’s front – there are three extra thin bezels on the left, right, and top, while a slightly thicker chin is situated at the bottom. Up till now, the general assumption …

Photo of Xiaomi Mi MIX 2's rear panel allegedly leaks out

We’ve known for quite some time that Xiaomi’s planning on releasing a successor to its much-lauded Mi MIX handset from late last year. But apart from an official 3D concept video, we haven’t seen pretty much any news regarding the Mi MIX 2.

Today this might change, however, as an alleged photo of the device’s rear shell has just surfaced online — and it’s in a tasty white color to boot. The photo shows a pretty similar back panel to the one in the original Mi MIX, with the most major differences being that the panel is now made up of only one piece …

LG V30 to feature 6-inch OLED panel with a larger screen but smaller body than the one on the LG V20

LG has pushed out a release for Thursday morning (while it is still Wednesday in the U.S.) to make some interesting comments about its next major flagship smartphone release, the unannounced LG V30. LG says that its next new flagship will be the first to use a plastic OLED FullVision display. Can you remember the last LG smartphone that featured an OLED panel? It was the LG G Flex 2 from 2015. LG plans on taking advantage of the fact that OLED screens are perfect for use with VR applications, an area of the smartphone market that is showing growth.

Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile …

Sharp Aquos S2 leak alleges bezel-less 4K panel, and in-display finger scanner

Sharp may soon be announcing a few “bezel-less” handsets of its own, judging from two sketchy renders that appeared not long ago, and now another purported leak is making its way over at the Chinese blogosphere, which is not exactly known for credibility. Still, Sharp has been a pioneer of the whole ” bezel-less” trend, having phones with very high screen-to-body ratio before it was cool, so it’s not hard to fathom that the Japanese could simply capitalize on their already significant experience in the realm of all-screen phones.
The eventual new Sharp phones …

Apple may take OLED panel production in own hands to reduce reliance on Samsung

Although Samsung has been widely suggested to be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the upcoming iPhone 8, Apple is actively working toward reducing its reliance on supply from the Korea-based tech giant.

According to a new report by Korean publication ET News, Apple has procured a number of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines that are used in OLED manufacturing with the intention to set up its own panel line in Taiwan. Although previous reports suggest that Apple’s partnership with Samsung may continue throughout 2018, when Apple is expected to introduce …