Apple to drop LCD displays for OLED in 2020 iPhones

After rumors about Apple’s transition from LCD panels fitted on iPhone XR to the all-new OLED panels by 2020, a WSJ report points in the same direction. Posted recently, WSJ stats that Apple is making its transition from LCD displays and will replace it with OLED panels in its iPhone lineup by 2020 to facilitate flexible handset design and more.

Although Apple hasn’t come forward claiming the same, there are certain pointers that are directing towards the possible transition. Rumors suggest that Japan Display which is a sole supplier for LCD panels that were mounted on iPhone XR is reaching out to investors in order to put firmer grounds before Apple switches to OLED panels later next year.

According to the WSJ report, Japan Display Inc. has asked the Silk Road Fund and Taiwan’s TPK Holdings Co. to invest with a 30% stake and a possibility of further greater control over the company.

Apple to drop LCD displays for OLED in 2020 iPhones

Cupertino-based Apple is bailing out of procuring LCD displays from Japan Display due to stagnating and even worse, dropped sales of iPhone XR which was up for sales in November 2018 and overall acute sales drop across all smartphones worldwide.

In fact, Apple has dropped the price of iPhone XR in China and has halted the manufacturing of the same to cut down on loss or say reduced revenue because its Apple and it is worth more than few larger companies like Twitter, Ford, Coca-Cola, Facebook, and many others combined.

Reportedly, Apple has asked LG Display that supplies OLED displays for its iPhones along with Samsung Displays, to increase production and has even asked to build an R&D site in Taiwan for the OLED panels. OLED or Organic Light-emitting Diode are way efficient than LCD or Liquid-crystal displays because the latter needs a whole component to backlight while each pixel in an OLED display is individually controlled thereby allowing the OEMs to design irregular shapes of the screen without any hitch such as a curved display, etc.

2019 iPhone lineup is touted as more of an iterative changed design, however, we could hope for a radically changed design for the 2020 iPhone when Apple is expected to roll out an outward folding phone too which will follow an inverse solution i.e. rather than being larger in its base form to become even larger when unfolded. Indeed, it will be a mini iPhone that will be converted into a tablet-like screen real estate because Apple loves innovation and that’s what it could do although the aforementioned solution is still a rumor and there is no evidence for the same.

Samsung introduces a 5.1mm image sensor for hole-in & notched phones

Samsung Electronics, the semiconductor manufacturing wing of Samsung, has developed the smallest image sensor ever to snuggly fit into smartphones covering a less space and allowing for greater screen real estate but retaining high-quality images.

Known as ISOCELL Slim 3T2, the image sensor is at 1/3.4-inch width i.e. 5.1mm diagonally with 20 million pixels of 0.8micrometer pixels each and delivers a high-octane 20MP resolution at the best of quality. The sensor is designed to fit various sensor configurations and for both front and rear-facing cameras.

With the growing technology advancement and the stagnant smartphones sales, innovation and technology are few driving factors. Also, smartphone makers are trying to fit in high-end specs in mid-range smartphones which pushed Samsung to develop a smaller image sensor without compromising over the quality. Thus, here is the ISOCELL 3T2.

An article posted on Samsung Newsroom stated that the image sensor has 20 million sensors. The sensor promises optimum clarity and color fidelity backed by the ISOCELL Plus technology that enables the pixels to absorb more light that simply translates into higher image quality, accurate color reproduction with even sub-micrometer-sized pixels.

The 3T2 takes the same space as Samsung’s 13MP sensor while having a prowess of a 20MP sensor. This will allow OEMs to innovate their smartphone design since they have a larger space to decorate due to the snuggly image sensor that can be placed both in the notch and in the hole-in display.

At the back, the sensor can be used in many sensor configurations such as a telephoto sensor that maintains 60% resolution even at a whopping 10x digital zoom and it is still 7% smaller than Samsung 1/3-inch 20MP sensor.

Furthermore, the 3T2 uses tetracell technology too that merges 4 pixels in one or it is also known as Super Pixel or pixel binning that allows higher light absorption and greater resolution by converting the 0.8micrometer sensor into a 1.6micrometer sensor in terms of light sensitivity at 5MP.

Finally, Samsung Electronics has stated that it will begin mass production by the first quarter of this year while the phones with this ISOCELL 3T2 image sensor could roll out by the second or third quarter of this year although this is just an assumptive timeline and not at all confirmed by the tech giant as of now.