Originally Posted by Whatstreet
It appears that both Sony and Panasonic have revealed the same 56” 4K OLED panel. It seems their partnership may be deeper than just developing manufacturing equipment and manufacturing processes as this demonstrates the sharing of actual device design.
You have mis-read that, in my opinion.
The partnership is to "develop technologies to manufacture OLED displays". It's absolutely nothing more.
The prototype you see was made by neither company, but instead by AU Optronics. It ostensibly --
and I want to emphasize that word because there is no real confirmation -- is proof of that because it uses the "printing" technique they are trying to co-develop.
At this time, if they are successful, each company will have the technologies from the JV to exploit as they see fit. There is certainly no JV to co-design products or co-produce products. The latter is possible, the former is very, very improbable. Neither is close to fruition, I'd say. Of course, the prototype is not close to a product anyway.