LG could beat out Samsung for Apple’s next big iPhone

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iPhone X Plus could be one of three new handsets launching this year.
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LG will be the sole supplier of OLED displays for an upcoming iPhone X Plus, according to a new report. Sources say the device will arrive during the second half of 2018.

Samsung is the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for iPhone X, and it currently produces more than 10 million units per month. LG’s new manufacturing plant wasn’t ready in time for the handset’s big launch late last year.

LG will produce larger OLED displays

Samsung will continue to produce displays for iPhone X going into late 2018, according to The Investor. However, sources claim that LG will be tasked with producing larger, 6.5-inch screens for an upcoming iPhone X Plus.

The first shipments, expected to take place in the second half of this year, won’t be as significant as Samsung’s. LG will reportedly manufacture around 15 million to 16 million units for the year, which should be enough to meet early demand.

That’s assuming the iPhone X Plus launches in late 2018, around the same time iPhone X launched last year.

LG will produce iPhone X displays at its new E6 plant in Paju, Gyeonggi Province. It has the capacity to produce 6 million OLED displays a month across two production lines, but it won’t reach its full capacity until next year.