​LG cancels plan to put curved OLED on G6: Report

LG Electronics has cancelled plans to have curved OLED displays on the G6 next year due to supply capacity issues, reports local media.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

LG Electronics has scrapped plans of a curved OLED display for its next flagship phone, the G6, due to supply issues, reports South Korean media ChosunBiz.

The full-metal body and glass cover will also likely be absent due to cost issues, and the company is now planning to change the design, the report also claimed.

South Korea's second-largest electronics firm has also been researching super-fast charging, but due to a lack of sophistication it will not be on the next flagship phone either, it added.

The company has instead opted to put in a flat-screen LCD (liquid crystal display) panel, as it has done for previous phones, after its affiliate LG Display told the firm it currently lacks the production capacity to meet demand.

LG Display currently produces small-sized OLED panels, most of which are being used on the Apple Watch and LG Electronics' wristwatch line-ups. It will be difficult to convert them for smartphones right away, the report said. The firm will only be able to produce them starting the second half of next year, aimed for the next-generation iPhones.

Compatriot Samsung has had dual curved OLED for its flagships since the Galaxy S6 Edge, while Apple is reportedly planning to use OLEDs for its next phone as well.

Much is riding on the V20, to be released in its home country on Thursday, after the failure of the partly modular G5 phone earlier this year. The G5 was praised by critics but sales did not back it up and the mobile division saw a loss of $136 million in the second quarter.

LG's mobile boss Juno Cho initially said the modular concept will continue after the G5 for future phones, but said earlier this month that the company was internally discussing whether they want to apply it to the G6 and have not yet concluded.

LG Pay, the firm's mobile payment solution, has also reportedly been delayed to next year.

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