The long-awaited foldable smartphone of the Samsung is expected to be released next year. The company will use the foldable OLED panels developed by the Samsung Display itself for this device. Recently, a new report from South Korea reported that the Samsung Display will also offer folding screens for Chinese OEMs such as Oppo and Xiaomi.
It is common for Samsung Display to deliver panels to other manufacturers, but there is always a gap when it comes to state-of-the-art technology. For example, curved displays have been unique to Samsung handsets for a long time before Samsung Display began selling them to other companies. They want to keep the news that is the result of their exclusive research and investments in their equipment, at least for some time.
Samsung folding screens can be sold to Chinese OEMs
This may not be the case with folding screens if this report is true. This indicates that there may not be a significant delay in providing panels from the smartphone and business division of Samsung to companies such as Oppo and Xiaomi. This is apparently done with a view to a rapid expansion of the ecosystem of folding screens.
The report also states that Samsung Display even sent samples of its foldable OLED panels to Oppo and Xiaomi. Both companies are assumed to work on their own foldable smartphones. This means that, just after Samsung has launched the long-awaited folding smartphone, Oppo and Xiaomi can market their competitors.
It is possible that the subsidiary that makes the Samsung Displays earns money with these panel sales and the company bets on the growth of the ecosystem.
Foldable smartphones can quickly take their place on the market if there are many more options than just a company with one device. This may be that Samsung can not limit its folding panels to itself. Whether this will really happen or will not remain unknown. Companies rarely comment on stories related to the supply chain and we can not expect either party to confirm or deny this information.
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