In the spring of 2016, Foxconn aggressively acquired Sharp so that they could move into Apple's OLED display supply chain. In early 2017, it was rumored that Sharp was planning to produce OLED displays in a plant that made iPhones. In early 2019, Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is considering a major switch to OLED for their entire iDevice Line-up by 2020 and that Sharp could be a big winner in this plan, followed by BOE.
Reuters reported Friday that Sharp announced that their new facility in Vietnam starting next year would create flat screens, electronic appliances and air purifiers. During the opening of a plant in Vietnam, Sharp's parent company Foxconn assessed the sale of the new $ 8.8 billion display facility. Even Foxconn's proposed US plant plan is in limbo and will likely abandon screen production.
While the Reuters report listed "flat screens", they did not clarify whether they were large OLED TVs or OLED screens for smartphones.
For clarification, we found a Business Korea report on Friday that may have cleared things up to some extent. The report noted that "Japanese Sharp will eventually withdraw from the business of producing organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels for smartphones. The company lost competition with Korean and Chinese display manufacturers.
Sharp sent a total of 60,000 OLED panels into the smartphone in other quarter, according to data released by IHS Markit in late July. However, Sharp has not produced OLED panels for smartphones since July.
IHS Markets said: & # 39; Sharp will no longer manufacture OLED panels for smartphones which has lost in technological and price competition with Korean and Chinese companies. & # 39; "
The Korean report added that" At the beginning of this year, industry analysts expected Sharp to strengthen the smartphone's OLED panel business. Since Sharp's parent company, Foxconn, Apple's largest broadcasting producer, was expected to develop OLED panels for the iPhone.
In the smartphone OLED panel market, Sa ranks msung Display first with 87.2 percent share, followed by BOE with 5.9 percent, Ever Display with 3.2 percent and Tianma with 1
LG Display currently has only a 1.0 per cent market share, but wants to turn the tide by expanding its customer base. It will begin delivering display panels to Apple in the third quarter. 
LG Display sent only 1.38 million smartphone OLED panels in the second quarter, but is expected to ship 5.6 million units in the third quarter increasing its market share to 2.4 percent. "
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