WAITING GAME: No one knows if buyers will be put off by foldables’ high price tags, but the firm is putting more resources into developing such displays, Paul Peng said
Date: Feb 27, 2019
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter
AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電) yesterday said it is working with clients to offer flexible displays for
their new foldable phones, likely later this year, an early sign that the industry is embracing such dual-screen phones for lack of major killer features.
That could be a breakthrough for the LCD panel maker, which has been supplying OLEDs for smaller devices, mostly wearables, in the past few years.
AUO’s remarks came after the world’s two biggest mobile phone companies — South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co and China’s Huawei Technologies Co (華為) — recently showcased their latest foldable phones, the Galaxy Fold and Mate X respectively.
Such foldable phones “are a novelty that adopts display technologies in a new way and make such phones a new hybrid of mobile phones and tablets,” AUO chairman Paul Peng (彭雙浪) told a media briefing. [FULL STORY]