ETNews: Samsung and LGD to supply Apple with its iPhone OLEDs in 2020

Korean site ETNews says that Apple will release three new iPhone models in 2020 - all with OLED displays. There will be a 5.4", 6.1" and 6.7" models.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro photo

For the 5.4" and 6.7" models, Apple will rely exclusively on Samsung Display for its AMOLED displays - and will adopt Samsung's Y-OCTA technology (on-cell touch) which enables thinner panels. ETNews says that SDC offered great terms for Apple to secure the 2020 exclusivity.

BOE sets ambitious OLED targets for 2020 - at least 70 million AMOLED panels

BOE held its annual Innovation Partner Conference in Beijing, and the company's chairman said that the company aims to produce at least 70 million flexible AMOLED panels. This is a sharp increase from what BOE estimated only last month.

Huawei Mate X folding photo

BOE has been known to make aggressive targets - it first aimed to produce 30-50 million AMOLED panels in 2019, but eventually the number of panels in 2019 will be around 20 million.

Samsung starts constructing its A5 flexible OLED fab

In 2017 Samsung Display started to build its largest OLED production fab, the A5 fab in Asan. The fab was supposed to have a monthly capacity of 180,000 to 270,000 monthly substrates (Samsung's A3 line has a monthly capacity of 135,000 substrates).

Following lower demand for OLED panels and increased competition from China, Samsung stopped constructing the A5 fab, but a new report from Korea now suggests that Samsung is now starting to construct the A5 fab as demand for OLED displays is picking up.

BOE: we supply the foldable OLEDs to the Huawei Mate X and the Motorola Razr

BOE announced on its official Weibo channel that it supplies the foldable OLEDs to the Huawei Mate X and the Motorola Razr. We already know that BOE produces the 8" 2200x2480 foldable OLED used in the Mate X, but we did not know that BOE supplies the 6.2" 2142x876 foldable display used in the new Razr.

Motorola Razr 2019 photo

This is a bit of a surprise - as Motorola, on its official specs, says that the Razr uses a pOLED display which is an LGD brand.

China's Anhui Province to establish a display cluster with a focus on AMOLED technologies.

The local government at Shucheng, Anhui Province, China, has launched a new five year initiative where one of the goals is to establish a display industry cluster with a focus on OLED technologies.

Shucheng AMOLED touchscreen project ceremony photo

According to a report from China, the first major display project within the initiative involves the establishment of an AMOLED touchscreen production base - as Shucheng aims to become the world's largest producer of OLED touchscreens.

Huawei MatePad Pro

Huawei's MatePad Pro is an Android tablet that features a 10.8" 2560x1600 (16:10) AMOLED display with a punch-hole camera. Other features include a Kiri 990 SoC, 6/8GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a quad-speaker setup.

Huawei MatePad Pro photo

The MatePad Pro will launch in December 2019 (with a 5G model expected in Q1 2020) starting at $470.

JOLED starts sampling printed OLED panels at its 5.5-Gen Nomi site

JOLED announced that it has started sampling inkjet-printed OLED display panels in its 5.5-Gen (1300x1500 mm) production line in Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Mass production is planned for 2020.

JOLED will market these medium-sized (10-32 inch) panels for use in applications such as high-end monitors, medical monitors and the automotive market. The Nomi site will have a monthly production of 20,000 substrates.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Picture Tubes filed for bankruptcy

In September 2019, CPT (Chunghwa Picture Tubes) filed for bankruptcy - as the company could not repay its debt.

CPT was established in 1971 in Taiwan and was a CRT and LCD display maker. In 2012 CPT started to develop AMOLED technologies and the company established a small-size experimental line. Later on CPT actually started to produce AMOLEDs in low volume, and also developed flexible OLED technologies.

Huawei charges $1,000 to replace the foldable OLED in the Mate X smartphone

A few days ago Huawei finally launched its first foldable smartphone, the Mate X with a 8" 2200x2480 foldable AMOLED display that folds outwards. The price of the Mate X is 16,999 Yuan (around $2,400).

According to a new report from China, Huawei charges 7,080 yuan ($1,000) to replace the OLED display if it fails. That's about the price of a high-end smartphone by itself. The 8" foldable AMOLED display is produced by BOE.

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