With the iPhone 8 just under two months away from its official unveiling, Samsung will reportedly be ramping the production of its OLED panels to meet Apple’s demand from later this month. As per ETNews, Samsung has dedicated seven OLED production lines to meet Apple’s demand for the iPhone 8.
The ramp up will see the production line capacity increase by seven fold — from 15,000 panels per month to 105,000 panels. Samsung has been investing heavily in its OLED production line to bring it up to speed.
In 2015, the company’s A3 OLED production line — situated in Vietnam — had a production capacity of 15,000 panels per month. Since then, the company invested heavily in plant and equipment to increase its capacity to 105,000 per month.
The increased production capacity should be good enough for the Korean company to meet Apple’s demand for the iPhone 8, though there might be some supply issues initially. Samsung is the sole supplier of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 this year. While Apple is looking for alternate OLED suppliers, other companies are still in the process of setting up their OLED factories or their yield rates are negligible to make any impact.
The iPhone 8 will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display with a notch bezel-less design. In addition, it will sport a glass design with a metallic chassis. It will also come with wireless charging, fast wired charging, a vertical dual-camera setup at the rear, facial recognition, and more. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus — both of which will continue to make use of LCD panels this year — in September.
[Via ET News]