Samsung will start producing foldable OLED panels for Google, vivo and Xiaomi in October
Last week ETNews reported that Samsung Display will supply Google and others with Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) for their upcoming foldable smartphones as well as flexible OLED panels. Now Elec adds more details.
In addition to Google, the company has also entered into agreements with vivo and Xiaomi. These three are planning to announce their collapsible devices in the fourth quarter of this year, so Samsung Display will mass-produce OLED panels for them in October.
The collapsible Google Pixel has a 7.6 ”foldable screen according to the publication.
Vivo uses a larger 8 ”panel for its foldable, it will have a square 10.2: 9 aspect ratio. These panels will be made on the A3 lines in Samsung’s Asan factory. This model also has a 6.5 ”external monitor made by BOE from the B7 factory.
Samsung demonstrates its flexible OLED panels
The screen dimensions of the Xiaomi foldable are unknown, but Samsung makes the foldable panel, while CSOT makes the external.
Oppo was also supposed to release a collapsible phone using Samsung panels, but the launch has reportedly been pushed back to 2022. The phone has a clamshell design with a 7.1 ”LTPO panel inside and a small 1.5-2 inch external monitor. Earlier rumors also mentioned an 8 ”model, but there may have been put on the chopping block.
Apparently, Huawei also had plans to use a Samsung Display panel, but they fell through. The company used BOE panels for Mate X and Mate X2 (they were manufactured at the B7 factory).
Samsung Display will of course also supply OLED panels and UTG for Samsung Electronics’ upcoming Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, which will be unveiled next month.