Huawei Teams w/LG Display in New “Porsche Design” Smartphone
April 09, 2018
Business Korea reported back in September 2017 that China's big 4 smartphone brands would use LG Displays and possibly Sony in 2018. LG’s landing of the contract for the super high end Porsche Design from Huawei is a sign of confidence that LG can deliver a brilliant OLED display for smartphones. Whether Apple will adopt the in-display version of LG's OLED displays in their upcoming 6.3” iPhone X is unknown at this time. It would certainly be nice to see the iPhone offer customers a choice of biometric unlocking options in the future. A report last week claimed that Apple would go from 70 million OLED displays to 120 million for Q4 2018. LG could get a piece Apple's OLED business this year and more as Apple's exclusive contract with Samsung reportedly ends in December. Even though LG Electronics has faced with issues of selling its flagship phones, the Korean giant’s subsidiaries are signing up some notable partnerships. LG Display, as reported by Korean publication ET News, has brought on board the world’s third largest phone maker Huawei as well as Xiaomi and will be supplying OLED display panels to them.
Huawei recently launched its luxurious ‘Porsche Design’ Mate RS with OLED displays from LG Display, as LG has apparently managed to combine the OLED panel and on-screen fingerprint reader in a single module. LG Display has been looking to partner with global customers and this would be the very first time that the Korean giant will supply OLED displays to Huawei. The Huawei Mate RS, which was launched alongside P20 and P20 Pro, is one of the most premium devices to ever be launched by the Chinese giant. It not only features a 6-inch curved OLED display but two fingerprint sensors. One under the three-camera setup (from the P20 Pro) and the other underneath the screen of the Mate RS. LG Display started off by supplying OLED panels to LGE, Xiaomi and Google, and have now added Huawei. No word on the number of panels or the volume.
Figure 1: Huawei’s Porsche Mate RS
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