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LG G6 design scrapped due to cost issues, apparently

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LG appears to have decided not to outfit next year’s LG G6 with a curved screen after all.

A new report claims that LG has scrapped plans for the rumoured LG G6 to feature a curved OLED display. South Korean news outlet ChosunBiz reports that the company has struggled with supply issues for curved panels, which meant that including the feature was no longer feasible.

The report also claims that the full-metal body and glass cover that were previously rumoured have also been scrapped due to cost issues. Apparently, these significant supply chain problems have meant that LG is now having to completely redesign the phone, just months before the expected launch.

LG is now reportedly planning to include a more traditional flat-screen LCD screen on the LG G6, just like previous LG flagships. The irony is that the supplier said to be struggling to meet demand is LG’s own subsidiary: LG Display.

The display-making division spends most of its time building huge OLED panels for televisions, but also produces smaller screens for smartwatches – such as the Apple Watch. But LG has yet to transition to producing its own OLED screens for smartphones, with the majority of that market held by Samsung’s display division.

It was expected that Samsung would include a curved display on the LG G6 in a bid to take on Samsung, which is now outfitting many of its handsets with curved screens, most recently with the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7.

The LG G6 is expected to debut in the first half of 2017, but no official plans have been revealed to the public yet.

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