Looking at what LG did with the release of the G6, going for a 2016 processor instead of waiting for the release of the 2017 flagship processor, it’s easy to argue that the LG V30 will be the company’s 2017 ultimate flagship smartphone.
Since the LG V10, it’s actually been obvious that the V series is more of a flagship offering than the G series. To add more weight to this argument, a new report from South Korea says that the LG V30 could be the first LG phone to come in with an OLED display screen, something that definitely explains why the company has plans to expand OLED production.
When you hear of OLED or rather AMOLED smartphone screens, the first thing that comes to your mind is possibly Samsung. Over time, the tech giant has been releasing phones with what it calls Super AMOLED panels, including the latest Galaxy S8 and S8+, but LG is about to change this perception when the V30 comes in. The reported expansions in OLED production, according to the report, are aimed at beefing up the supply of OLED panels for the LG V30.
It gets even more interesting as the report, which comes courtesy of a South Korean outlet known as The Investor, adds that the LG V30 will just be the first of future LG flagships that will be shipped with an OLED screen. In short, next year’s LG G7 could join the party when the time comes.
Last year’s LG V20 was confirmed in August and it was the first device to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. If the company does a repeat of this, the LG V30 could also be the first to ship with the new Android O out of the box, possibly in August this year, which is just two months away.
If this indeed materializes, the LG V30 will not be the only phone to ditch LCD panels used on its predecessor in favor of new OLED panels. We’ve heard rumors that Apple’s iPhone 8 will also feature this display technology for the first time, but reports claim that Samsung Display has been given the entire deal of supplying the OLED panels to Cupertino.
According to sources, LG Display was overlooked by Apple due to its low yield rates that have seen Samsung grab a massive 95% of the entire OLED market share. Apparently, Samsung has proven over time that it’s more mature in the OLED business and as a result, LG might only be considered for the job at a later time when it sorts things out.
On the contrary, LG seems to have its own plan in place, with reports claiming that Google has plans of investing close to a billion dollars in LG Display in a bid to boost the company’s OLED production. If anything, it could turn out that LG Display remains to be the sole supplier for Google Pixel 2 AMOLED panels as well as take care of its own devices, which include the LG V30.