Samsung, Lenovo, and maybe LG are coming next year with their own foldable smartphone in 2018.
Samsung with an in-foldable version, Lenovo has the two versions in and out foldable, LG just the out foldable and ZTE this year in a few days is presenting its out-foldable device.
Apple is taking its time and is projecting to present its version in 2020. Meanwhile Apple has team-up with LG Display for a foldable OLED screen for the iPhone foldable version. Not any sign at this time, if it will be in-foldable or out-foldable.
Also the LG Display sister company LG Innotek will develope the rigid flexible printed circuit board RFPCB. Both companies have recently created a task force for these purposes.
LG has been working for 3 years in foldable OLED screens and has improved upgrading the durability and the yield rate.
LG has recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province. The first batch of the production will be shipped to LG Electronics and some Chinese handset makers, while the production for iPhone is expected to start from as early as 2019 when its new plant, called E6, is completed in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.
Apple is considering investing in the E6 plant in a push for LG to beef up OLED production. Sources say the two firms have tentatively agreed on the investment but details have not yet been finalized.
the investor korea