Thursday in CE: Samsung OLEDs to Blame for iPhone 8 Price Tag?

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There have been plenty of Apple rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 release date and diehard Apple fans can't wait to get their hands on Apple's latest product.

According to the report, OLED displays produced by Samsung for the iPhone 8 cost about $120 to $130 per unit, while the LCD panels used in the past used to cost $45 to $55 per unit. Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have actually been able to establish partnerships with key supply chain partners and so they are able to bring things like bezel-free designs, full displays, Augmented Reality, in-house chipsets, advanced camera features, etc.

Huawei has, for the first time, surpassed Apple to become the world's second largest smartphone maker after Samsung. "This is also why Apple is in urgent need of finding a second source of OLED".

While it was obvious that the new iPhone will be called iPhone 8 after the iPhone 7 models have been launched, now there are some doubts.

Apple needs millions of OLED screens.

Kuo gives some insight as to how involved Samsung is in the production process.

Rumours are rife that Apple is making some serious effort to cut down on its dependence on Samsung for OLED screens. But at the moment, no other company seems to be up to the task.

Apple's upcoming smartphone is believed to have a radical redesign that includes a new OLED screen that reaches nearly the very edges of the phone - leaving only the tiniest of bezels.

The new iPhone will come in at least one brand new colour.

We are going to be live blogging Apple's Keynote that will be held at Apple's new headquarters at Steve Jobs' Theatre. According to Apple Insider, Kuo is quoted as saying, "We believe 3D Touch module could be unfavorable for scan-through performance of under-display fingerprint recognition", and this is the reason the OLED iPhone might not have the feature. The update to Apple Watch has been long overdue since last years' Watch saw more of an incremental update to the first gen device.