Apple's domination of the OLED supply chain is one of the reasons why three Chinese smartphone makers are seeking out alternative display technology in future handsets, according to a report today by DigiTimes.

Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are planning to adopt mini LED-backlit panels in smartphones launched later in 2018. The three companies believe that Apple "may extend use of AMOLED panels" to iPhones coming in 2018 and occupy even more of Samsung Display's production of the OLED displays.

iphonexretinadisplay
Apple's entry in smartphone OLED displays began with the manufacturing of the iPhone X last year and is expected to increase in 2018 with the second-generation iPhone X and 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus," which should lead Apple to significantly increase OLED display orders thanks to the larger size. The company has also implemented OLED displays into the Apple Watch.

Instead of attempting to fight for OLED display supply against Apple, the China-based smartphone makers are turning towards mini LED this year. The companies have reportedly asked Taiwan-based suppliers to begin producing mini LED backlighting in June 2018 in anticipation of products that would debut in the second half of 2018. Industry sources noted that technological advances in mini LED product designs have the potential to cut production costs, further boosting the smartphone makers' readiness to adopt the technology.

Besides Samsung Display, a report earlier in the month suggested that Apple will add LG Display to its OLED supply chain to help build 6.5-inch panels for the iPhone X Plus. Samsung was the sole OLED supplier for the iPhone X in 2017, and it's predicted that the company will increase supply of OLED panels to Apple with between 180 and 200 million OLED displays in 2018 (for the 5.8-inch device), up from an estimated 50 million in 2017.

Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

69Mustang Avatar
58 months ago
Nice way to spin a story. OLED is "old tech" as far as cutting edge displays go. The next future display technology will be mini LED.
What? The next future display tech won't be mini LED. I think what you meant was micro LED. Not the same thing. micro LED's are self-illuminating. mini LED's require a backlight (as mentioned in the article.)

No one uses "cutting edge" displays anyway. Cutting edge doesn't scale. It's why micro LED is still rumored to be 3-5 years away from mainstream adoption. Ironically, you can get a peak at micro LED at CES with "The Wall". It's a 146" micro LED modular panel.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
heov Avatar
58 months ago
Uh oh... adding LG to the suppliers of OLED? I can already see the threads now...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scottsoapbox Avatar
58 months ago
Nice way to spin a story. OLED is "old tech" as far as cutting edge displays go. The next future display technology will be mini LED.
The age of a product category is irrelevant. What matters is comparing the abilities of the current generation of products.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
58 months ago
Mini or Micro LED? I’m confused. o_O
They are two distinct product categories. Mini LED (I've never heard that term before this article) requires a backlight. Micro LED is self illuminating.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
58 months ago
I believe all the Apple Stores that have been updated to have the gigantic ~40 foot television are also micro-LEDs. So you can go to an Apple store and check them out. In my personal opinion, both the OLED display in the iPhone X and the micro-LED televisions in Apple stores seem to have less color saturation than simple IPS displays. They look very washed out to me. Maybe they're just calibrated to "bland".
I believe this is incorrect. Those aren't micro LED. They are standard commercial displays.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
58 months ago
Nice way to spin a story. OLED is "old tech" as far as cutting edge displays go. The next future display technology will be mini LED.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

2022 back to school apple

Apple Launches 2022 Back to School Offer: Up to $150 Gift Card With Mac or iPad

Friday June 24, 2022 5:08 am PDT by
Apple today launched its annual "Back to School" promotion for college/university students in the United States and Canada. This year's promotion offers a free Apple gift card with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad, rather than free AirPods like last year. Apple is also offering students 20% off AppleCare+ plans during the promotion. Apple is offering a $150 gift card with the purchase ...
airpods pro 2 1

AirPods Pro 2 Said to Feature Upgraded H1 Chip, Find My, Heart Rate Detection, USB-C and More

Friday June 24, 2022 9:48 am PDT by
The next-generation AirPods Pro could come with a long list of new features that include heart rate detection, the ability to function as a hearing aid, and a USB-C port according to a report from 52Audio. The site claims that it has received new information on the AirPods Pro 2, and it has used that information to provide some renders on what the earbuds might look like. Design wise, there...
m2 mac mini screen feature

Gurman: Apple Planning M2 Pro Mac Mini, New Apple TV With A14 Chip, Revamped HomePod With S8 Chip, and More

Sunday June 26, 2022 6:31 am PDT by
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman outlined additional M2 Macs on Apple's product roadmap, including new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and a new Mac Pro tower with M2 Ultra and "M2 Extreme" chips. Following the M2 series of Macs, Gurman said the first M3 series of...
apple ar headset concept 1

Apple Rumored to Announce 'Game-Changer' AR/VR Headset in January 2023

Friday June 24, 2022 2:52 am PDT by
Apple is "likely" to announce its long-rumored mixed-reality headset as soon as January 2023, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated. Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo In a detailed post on Medium, Kuo explained that Apple's headset will be a "game-changer" for the augmented-reality and virtual-reality market. Describing some of the headset's...
widgets ios 16 feature

Gurman: iPhone 14 Pro to Feature Always-On Display Showing iOS 16's New Lock Screen Widgets

Sunday June 26, 2022 7:36 am PDT by
iPhone 14 Pro models are widely expected to feature always-on displays that allow users to view glanceable information without having to tap to wake the screen. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg, Mark Gurman said the feature will include support for iOS 16's new Lock screen widgets for weather, fitness, and more. "Like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 14 Pro will be...