Apple’s iPhone 8, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 & Others To Drive Flexible Demand By 135% Next Year


The iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a lot of upgrades. One of these, OLED displays, has been in the rumor mill for the majority of this year. The feature was rumored for the iPhone 7 at first, when the news of Foxconn's acquisition of Sharp hit the shelves. But soon thereafter, we learned that the pair won't be able to churn out workable displays until 2018. Still, with the iPhone 8, you can expect Apple to finally make the jump to OLED. It'll be suicidal for the company not to do so and today, we're hearing about a massive surge expected in flexible display demand next year. Take a look below for more.

Flexible Display Demand Expected To Surge By 135% In 2017 Claims IHS Investments

If you're even a casual reader, you'll know the main focus of the rumor mill over the past couple of months. Both the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8 will feature major display upgrades. Aside from the pair, other manufacturers will also introduce flexible displays on their devices, which will lead to an upsurge in market demand. Or at least that's what folks over at IHS securities believe.

"During 2016, many smartphone manufacturers have pressured display panel makers to supply them with more flexible AMOLEDs for their new smartphone designs, however, due to limited production capacity only a few players had their orders met in quantity," said Jerry Kang, principal analyst of display research for IHS Markit. These conditions will change as manufacturers including Japan Display, Samsung and Foxconn-Sharp expand their production capabilities.

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"With new form factors entering the marketplace next year to entice consumers, smartphone manufacturers will find themselves locked in a fierce battle with one another as they jostle to win marketshare for their new smartphone models featuring dual-edge curved and foldable AMOLED displays," Kang continued. It looks to be a good year for the smartphone as we bid goodbye to old LCD displays on flagship devices. Of course, low end and middle tier devices are unlikely to see such upgrades next year.

"Consumer device manufacturers will eventually move from conventionally designed flat and rectangular form factors to the latest curved, foldable or rollable screens, but only once their product roadmap for newer, innovative devices becomes more mature," Kang said. Alongside standard displays, home buttons are another feature which you should expect to be done away in the future. Both Apple and Samsung are rumored to remove the feature, so the future looks very different at the moment. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.