Apr 11, 2017 05:56 AM EDT
It seems like all premium smartphones are going to implement the curved screen as part of its design from now on. The upcoming iPhone 8 is rumored to have a curved display, and now Google Pixel 2 also said to feature a similar design. What's more interesting is, it seems like not only the curve display but the OLED screen will also be implemented on both of the models.
The curved display was first introduced by Samsung with its old model the Galaxy Round back in 2013, and it was further implemented to its 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 edge, as well as Galaxy S7 edge and the infamous Note 7. The Korean tech company since then made the curve screen native to both of its current flagship models - the Galaxy S8 and S8+.
AMOLED screen, on the other hand, has been implemented on many of Samsung devices, most significantly on its Galaxy S-series. Google also features the AMOLED type on its Google Pixel. Apple's iPhones, on the other hand, have been using LCD screen to replace the TFT display for a while now. With the race to create the perfect smartphones, OLED screen is now a thing since it can make the device thinner, more flexible with curves display and requires less power to support longer battery life. OLED screen also provides more vivid colors to the display.
Although there are not many leaks about the upcoming Pixel 2, Google has reportedly offered to invest $800 million in LG Display to ensure there will be enough supply for OLED panels for the Pixel 2. While there is not much further response from Google (and LG) about the news, it does make sense since Samsung has recently secured a $4.3 billion deal to supply OLED screens for the next iPhone - building on a previous agreement to supply 100 million OLED screens for the device.
Google previously launched its first Pixel last year which features the 5.5 inch OLED display, but was short in supply. With the agreement with LG Display, this could provide the solution to avoid shortages in the future for its next flagship smartphones.
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