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Foxconn-Sharp duo wants to make OLED panels in China

A prototype of Sharp's bendable OLED panel

TOKYO -- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, and its Japanese subsidiary Sharp might start making next-generation display panels for smartphones in China as early as 2019, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The Foxconn-Sharp alliance is mulling the move as U.S.-based Apple is preparing to adopt the display panels -- made of a thin, bendable layer of organic light-emitting diodes -- for its iPhones as early as next year.

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