Samsung's OLED Monopoly Blamed for Higher iPhone 8 Price Tag

Samsung's OLED Monopoly Blamed for Higher iPhone 8 Price Tag

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Samsung's current position as the only major OLED display panel supplier may explain why the iPhone 8 is rumored to cost around $1000, reports KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The analyst says the new iPhone's display will include a flexible OLED panel, an OLED touch panel, a 3D Touch module, and an OLED panel module. Samsung is likely responsible for supplying each of the parts with the exception of the 3D Touch module.

Since there are no other suppliers Apple can turn to, Kuo believes Samsung will charge more than twice as much per unit as the LCD panels used in the iPhone 7 Plus. The OLED unit cost is estimated as $120-130 versus $45-55 for LCD panels.

Additionally, Apple's pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology may be why the company abandoned Touch ID on the OLED iPhone. Kuo believes that OLED creates unfavorable scan-through performance for the fingerprint sensor.

Apple has officially announced a September 12th iPhone event that will take place at the new Steve Jobs Theater. We're likely to see the launch of three new iPhones at the event - an iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus. The iPhone 8 would be Apple's tenth anniversary smartphone. It's believed to feature an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display with a notch in the bezel at the top for the earpiece and front facing camera. It will use a virtual Home button in place of the traditional physical Home button at the bottom of the device. The device will purportedly incorporate a revolutionary 3D sensor that is years ahead of the competition to enable facial recognition and augmented reality features. It's also said to feature a glass back to facilitate inductive wireless charging. The latest reports claim Apple was not successful in embedding Touch ID under the display and so the iPhone 8 will only feature Face ID (Pearl ID) for biometric security.

Apple is expected to offer the iPhone 8 in black, silver, and gold (copper?) colors and 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities, all with 3G of RAM. In addition to the next iPhones, Apple is also expected to unveil a new Apple Watch with LTE support and a new Apple TV with support for 4K video.

It's suggested that Apple could release its new iPhones 10 days after the event on September 22nd.

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[via 9to5Mac]

Samsung's OLED Monopoly Blamed for Higher iPhone 8 Price Tag

blindedppl - September 11, 2017 at 4:51pm
for yrs ive read battles on this site..but no one ever seems to say that if they are competitors..but they buy parts from each other...who does that...think ppl
D4xM4Nx - September 7, 2017 at 2:57am
Samsung should be worried since Apple will push harder to have more manufacturers and competitive costs. No doubt they're having fun for as long as it lasts, hope it'll be short-lived.
Dumb D4xM4n - September 7, 2017 at 3:23am
You are very dumb to think Apple will push for competitive prices if they make their own shit. Apple products would be ten times as much. You do see Apple buying other Companies and or Partnering up with the likes of LG and Toshiba to name a few. Trying to cut out the middle man and get more freaking greedy. Don't be fool you dummy.
shyyrgt - September 7, 2017 at 2:17am
Chris+ Not we could of. We could have
Chris+ - September 6, 2017 at 10:14pm
Funny that the NEW iPhone will have an OLED display and wireless charging! hmmm what new technology is this? Sounds like Samsungs has been years ahead of Apple. Why pay $1000's for something we could of gotten years ago on a samsung. Sounds like it to me that Apple is falling way behind! Wait.....maybe they'll release the new headphone jack!! haahahah Stupid.
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