[ET NEWS] Samsung Electronics has decided to adopt its own on-cell touch solution Y-OCTA for the upcoming Galaxy S9, industry sources said on Aug. 2.
Based on flexible OLED, Y-OCTA integrates a touch-screen layer into the display, which makes a smartphone screen lighter and slimmer while reducing the panel production costs by 30 percent.
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Samsung is expected to launch two models for the S9 in 5.77- and 6.22-inch screens -- the same size as the current S8 and the S8 Plus. The Korean tech giant used the Y-OCTA solution for the 5.77-inch S8, while the upcoming Note 8 is not using the technology.
Sources said the solution’s wider adoption comes as its display-making unit Samsung Display is beefing up panel production. Following the ongoing expansion work, the current monthly capacity of 3 to 4 million screens could surge to some 10 million units next year.
Considering Samsung produces 5 million units of the S series phone and 3 million units of the Note monthly, the company seems to have elevated the yield rate of the panel production enough to cover its two flagship phones.
“It is a matter of time for the wider adoption of the Y-OCTA,” an industry source told ET News. “Due to its cost benefits, Samsung is likely to adopt the solution for its new display and smartphone technologies.”
In the meantime, sources said it seems unavoidable for parts makers such as those who have supplied the touch-screen layer to Samsung and related parts and materials to be hit hard by their largest client’s strategic shift.
By Yoon Kun-il (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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