iPhone 8 could challenge Samsung Galaxy S8 for best display around
As rumors and reports about the next iPhone pile on, so do chances Apple is upgrading its forthcoming smartphone’s screen go up.
Apple appears to be in need of a massive supply of active-matrix light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays, which could support past rumors that the iPhone 8 will sport a souped-up screen, according to industry sources of DigiTimes (as reported by PhoneArena ).
AMOLED screens provide a high level of contrast and vivid color, though are also more costly and time-consuming to produce than conventional LED and LCD displays.
Samsung has traditionally dominated the display game, with handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge already rocking AMOLED screens and the Galaxy Note 7 regularly taking home top display honors .
While some reports point to the Galaxy 8 screen upgrading to 4K, it wouldn’t surprise us if Samsung stuck with AMOLED for its next flagship. Apple could very well be stepping up its own visuals game to give the incoming Samsung Galaxy S8 a run for its pixelated money.
Get the AMOLED out
The same report also claims that Chinese mobile production companies Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and BBK are investing in flexible OLED producer Royole, also headquartered in China.
These team-ups are said to help ensure there are enough AMOLED displays to go around – for Apple as well as any other companies interested in using the technology.
Concerns over supply may mean that it might take some time for AMOLED displays to really catch on, calling back on a previous report that Apple may be considering reserving top-tier displays for a higher-end model of the iPhone 8 .
iPhone-ing it in too soon?
To add more fuel to the AMOLED rumor fire, possible Apple display partner Sharp plans to invest heavily in making OLED screens with the help of electronics factory giant Foxconn, though the company won’t start production until 2019, according to DigiTimes .
This could mean a long wait before Apple has a stable supplier for AMOLED screens, further increasing the odds that not all versions of the next iPhone will come with a maxed-out display.
Rather, the supposed AMOLED iPhone 8 could be one of three models, with the other two likely featuring less-powerful displays to keep prices low. This would follow a similar line to how the iPhone 7 Plus gained a special dual-lens camera over the single lens of the iPhone 7 .
As is with the case with most whispers surrounding the tight-lipped tech giant, however, it’s best to take things with a grain of salt leading up to the official word from Apple.
If nothing else, an eye-popping display will make the supposed plans to replace the iPhone’s iconic home button with a screen all the more intriguing.
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