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Japan-Update

Sharp to churn out OLED screens for its smartphones

Manufacturer would be first to do so in Japan, but trail Samsung by wide margin

Sharp smartphones on display at a story in Tokyo.

OSAKA -- Electronics maker Sharp will this spring begin commercial production of OLED screens for its smartphones, beating Japanese rivals to the punch as it seeks a slice of a market dominated by South Korea's Samsung Electronics.

The Japan-based manufacturer smelled opportunity with smartphone titans like Apple of the U.S. and Samsung ramping up production of devices equipped with organic light-emitting diode screens. It will get out ahead of the Japan Display group, which hopes to crank out the screens as early as next year.

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