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Samsung signs $240M deal to supply iPad displays

updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu March 25, 2010

Company may also gain iPhone contract

Samsung has taken an order of 3 million LCD displays for use in the Apple iPad, an industry source tells the Korea Times. Identified only as a "high-ranking industry representative," the source says that the deal is worth about $240 million. The pricetag is said to stem from the wholesale cost of an iPad screen. "The most expensive component in the iPad is the display and touchscreen interface that costs $80 for all models," the source remarks. "The 9.7-inch display is more than twice the size of the iPhone 3GS screen and costs five times as much."

The company has also allegedly been in talks about supplying LCDs for the fourth-generation iPhone, which should be announced in June if historical trends continue. "As far as I know, Apple will use the LCD panels for its next iPhone models. We are receiving related orders from Apple," an anonymous company executive comments.

The main LCD supplier for the iPad is LG, which has an $800 million deal for 10 million panels. Samsung is also one of the primary flash memory suppliers however, alongside Toshiba and Hynix.

Apple and Samsung representatives have so far issued no statements on the Times report.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Samsung sucks at math

    "The 9.7-inch display is more than twice the size of the iPhone 3GS screen and costs five times as much."

    I hope Samsung is better with displays than math. The display ought to be at least 4 times the size of an iPhone, so 5 times the cost ain't bad.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Absolutely right. I'm sure they were thinking of the diagonal measurement being twice as long, and confused that with screen size (square inches or square cm)..

    If the diagonal measurement is twice as long, the actual size of the screen is going to be more than 4 times as large.

  1. snork

    Joined: Dec 1969


    13 million LCDs???

    Samsung's math aside;) Isn't it kinda premature to be ordering an additional 3 million screens considering they supposedly have 10 million on order from LG and have pre-orders for about 200,000 (if the estimates are to be believed) and the device hasn't even launched yet?

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