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Google wants the next Pixel to use flexible OLED panels

Samsung Display is currently the go-to OLED manufacturer with a 99 percent market share as of August 2016. (Source: Mashable)
Samsung Display is currently the go-to OLED manufacturer with a 99 percent market share as of August 2016. (Source: Mashable)
South Korean sources say that Google is prepared to invest $880 million to LG Display for the express purpose of ramp up production of flexible OLED panels for the US company to put in its next Pixel phone.

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.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-04-10 (Update: 2017-04-11)
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I joined Notebookcheck at the end of 2016 after being a dedicated reader of the website for the past six years, occasionally tuning out various lecturers to read reviews of the latest gaming and business laptops. As a writer and tech enthusiast, I focus mostly on smartphones, the latest trending gadgets like VR headsets, and the businesses that create it all. When I’m not admiring the latest graphics cards, I write short fiction and arrange for a cappella.