OLED iPhone 8 Panel’s Curvature To Be Smaller Than Galaxy S7 edge

Contradicting a recent report, Japanese outlet Nikkei Asian Review wrote Wednesday that Apple’s rumored 5.8-inch iPhone will have a display based on active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) technology that’s slightly curved on the sides, but not as curved as Samsung’s Galaxy series.

A source familiar with the handset’s design said the curve of the iPhone 8 screen will be “gentler” than the screen curvature of Samsung’s Edge handsets because of the challenges of making curved glass covers to match screens.

Apple is going for a screen with less rounded curvature due to the difficulty in making cover glass with an identical amount of curve. The curved display will have a viewable area of around 5.2-inches and will solely be present for design purposes and not offer any new functionality or feature.
The curve will be gentler than screens in Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. This is partly due to the challenges of making curved glass covers to match screens, according to the source.

Some reports suggest in recent days that Apple will only give the premium handset a flat display, but the source said that would not be using OLED optimally. Nonetheless, the design has not been finalized and could still change.
Here are other advantages of OLED and AMOLED screens over LCD ones:
  • Higher resolution
  • Lower power consumption
  • Sharper images
  • Thinner and lighter display assembly
  • Better color accuracy
  • Better visibility under direct sunlight
  • Deeper blacks
  • Better color saturation
  • Better viewing angles
  • Higher peak brightness

The report argues that because AMOLED screens have been adopted by most Android smartphones Apple may be unable to offer any game-changing functions with iPhone 8’s curved screens.

“Some reports suggest in recent days that Apple will only give the premium handset a flat display, but the source said that would not be using OLED optimally,” reads the report. For what it’s worth, Nikkei’s source stated that iPhone 8’s design has not been finalized and could still change.

According to Soneira, flat AMOLED screens based on a glass substrate “cost considerably less” and are available in “much higher production volumes” than curved screens based on flexible plastic substrates.



 


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