Apple placing bets on LG’s display for an upcoming foldable smartphone

Apple, according to a new report by The Investor, could be taking LG’s help in bringing flexible displays for an upcoming foldable smartphone. These OLED displays could be made by the LG Display division. It has been also mentioned that LG Innotek is already gearing up to start producing rigid flexible printed circuit boards or RFPCBs for smartphones.

The report adds that Apple could be launching its foldable smartphone by 2020. This will give LG ample time to build a market for flexible OLED screens. It could also act as the Curpertino-based tech firm’s alternative to Samsung in terms of display.

Past rumours also added that Apple could be pouring in as much as $2.6 billion in LG’s new display plant. The deal however, is said to have not been finalized yet.

Foldable smartphones will take some time to arrive. Out of all the OEMs, Samsung could be the first one to come with a foldable screen as soon as next year.

According to a report from Android Guy last month, a new smartphone named ‘Samsung X’ has passed South Korea’s NRA certification or National Radio Agency. The highlight of the smartphone is said to be its foldable screen.

The Samsung Galaxy X is said to come with a model number SM-G888N0 and is being called as ‘Project Valley’ internally.

While there is no word as to when exactly the company plans to launch the upcoming smartphone, the listing at least confirms the existence of the device.

As reported by Associated Press earlier this month, Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics seemingly confirmed that a foldable smartphone is coming next year (2018). It was also mentioned that the smartphone will arrive under the Galaxy ‘Note’ branding.

However, it was also mentioned that several hurdles were being faced in making the final product with bendable display. If these are not solved, the handset’s arrival could be pushed back.

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