Samsung Reported to Be Exclusive Supplier for 2017’s Phablet iPhone AMOLED Panels


Apple has been having difficulty procuring the services of a supplier that has managed to expertly craft AMOLED panels and supply a huge amount in a given time frame. With Samsung securing the largest market share for this particular segment, it looks like industry sources have come to terms that the tech giant is going to be the exclusive supplier for Apple’s iPhone 8 in 2017, but there’s more to this report as you’ll soon find out.

Apple Reported to Use the Regular LCD Panels for Two Models But a High-End One for the 5.8-Inch Phablet Courtesy of Samsung

According to sources close to the matter, Apple is going to acquire the services of Samsung but both companies know that supplies are going to be limited to a single model. Apple has always given preference to the phablet-sized version of the iPhone, and with the iPhone 7 Plus, things are no different with the crisp resolution, larger battery, more RAM and of course how could we forget the dual-camera setup? With the largest iPhone 8 incoming in 2017 said to tout a 5.8-inch display, it is only fair that the best of the best gets outfitted with the best tech expected to be present in next-gen devices.

“Samsung Display will become the exclusive supplier of AMOLED panels for use in Apple's new iPhone devices to be launched in 2017 and can supply 20 million units in maximum a month, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

Apple will launch 4.7-, 5.5- and 5.8-inch new iPhone models in second-half 2017, with TFT-LCD panels to be used in the former two models and AMOLED for the 5.8-inch one, the sources said. Global shipments of the AMOLED iPhone in 2017 are estimated at 60-70 million units, the sources noted.”

Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said about the remaining two iPhone models, which are said to possess screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. This is rather strange that the Cupertino tech firm would go ahead and release a total of three models for 2017, but we are under the impression that the 5.8-inch screen size variant will be charged at a hefty premium compared to the remaining two.

From the report, I personally feel that Apple will stick to releasing a total of two models for 2017, but looking at how the iPhone 8 is said to be a game changer as far as design and functionality goes, Apple would want to take advantage of the situation.