Is Sharp targeting Apple with flexible OLED panel solution?
According to Japanese Nikkei, Sharp has developed at the company’s facility in Tenri, Nara Prefecture a prototype of a flexible OLED panel that is freely bendable. So fard the prototype claims to only have a 3.4-inch screen and utilizes the company’s IGZO (indium-gallium-zinc oxide) energy-saving panel technology.
Sharp has already developed curved LCD panels for vehicle-mounted equipment but is now looking to move to bendable OLED panel technology which is capable of producing sharper images while minimizing power consumption – a prerequisite for the next generation of smartphones and wearable devices.
The flexible OLED panel provides a glimpse of what Sharp is aiming to introduce to the market after the company pumps about $1.80 billion during the next four years into its OLED business following Foxconn’s acquisition.
The Sharp flexible OLED technology revelation underscores the rumours that Apple, which is one of Foxconn’s key customers, is planning to finally adopt OLEDs as an integral part of the smartphone maker’s future generation of iPhones
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