15 February 2021
There are many smartphone makers interested in releasing foldable phones but not every one of them has access to the best and greatest foldable display panel out there. This is the reason Samsung has such a good grip on the foldable phone market as its subsidiary Samsung Display is capable of producing foldable displays of the highest quality. But going forward, things could change as new reports suggest a deal between the South Korean tech giant and different Chinese OEMs.
The report is coming from ETNews and claims that Samsung Display is in talks with Chinese smartphone makers for supplying foldable display panels. It is aiming to ship a total of 1 million display panels this year which means we should be seeing a lot of foldable smartphones from different brands in the future. There will be panels of both kinds i.e. vertically folding and horizontally folding which we have seen in the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Fip respectively.
Oppo and Vivo are two of the Chinese OEMs said to be interested in procuring Samsung's foldable displays. Both of these brands currently hold a good market share in the smartphone market, especially in their homeland. Oppo has even shared glimpses of its ambitions for foldable devices as it showed a conceptual phone that can fold in multiple ways for different use cases.
Xiaomi is another Chinese OEM with a keen interest in foldables. It is rumored to launch three foldable phones this year with each of them featuring a different folding mechanism. It seems like the company is targeting all types of foldable phone lovers by delivering an option for everyone.