Google wants the next Pixel to use flexible OLED panels
Google could be looking to LG for their flexible OLED display for their next Pixel smartphone if rumors are correct. South Korea’s Electronic Times reported that Google has offered to invest 1 trillion won ($872 million) to LG Display with a goal to increase production of the panels to ensure sufficient availability for this year’s Pixel.
The deal has yet to be finalized, however, as LG Display is allegedly in the process of discussing Google’s offer. There’s also little to no information on what these flexible displays look like. The current flexible OLED panels produced by LG Display are used in the Apple Watch and LG’s own smartwatches, but LG has yet to apply the technology to smartphones.
The current Pixel and Pixel XL use AMOLED displays by Samsung, but a number of flagships this year are looking to make use of the flexible displays we’ve already seen in the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Apple, too, is joining the bendable OLED bandwagon for the iPhone 8 and recently made a deal to purchase 70 million of the displays from Samsung.
Based on previous leaks, the next Pixel is expected to feature a Snapdragon 83X processor and as you might expect, upgraded cameras.