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Apple's move blurs future of Japan Display

South Korea's Samsung Electronics debuted the Galaxy, an OLED smartphone, back in 2010.

TOKYO -- Japan Display will see its mettle tested as smartphone makers adopt organic light-emitting diode panels, with South Korean leaders in the technology looking to take charge of the broader display market.

     Japan Display will increase research and development spending for OLEDs, President Shuji Aruga said in an earnings presentation Nov. 9, explaining projected cost increases this fiscal year. The company sells a large number of liquid crystal display panels to U.S. technology giant Apple, which recently told suppliers that it will release an OLED smartphone in 2018. The newer displays offer sharper colors and lower energy use.

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