Samsung is pretty much the king of OLED panels. According to the info that surfaced the other day, Samsung actually controls 99% of the smartphone OLED panel market. As most of you know, OLED panels are becoming increasingly popular, more and more companies are investing money in developing such technology, and are abandoning LCD tech altogether, or at least it seems like it. LCD panels are not going anywhere anytime soon, just to make things clear, but it seems like OLED is definitely taking over.
That being said, a lot of smartphone manufacturers are still using LCD panels on their devices, Xiaomi included, while a number of other competitor companies have been using AMOLED displays for a while now. Having that in mind, it seems like Xiaomi is looking to switch over to OLED panels as well, at least partially. We’ve seen a number of such reports in the last couple of months (though LG was said to be Xiaomi's supplier), and a new one just surfaced, but it seems like Samsung won’t be able to provide such displays to Xiaomi until 2017. A number of China-based companies, including Xiaomi, wanted to get OLED panels from Samsung for their devices this year, but due to the extremely high demand, Samsung had to cut off some companies it seems, including Xiaomi. If this report is to be believed, Samsung has decided to put Xiaomi on a waiting list, and the company will have to wait until next year to get such displays shipped their way.
This info is not exactly surprising, back in 2014, only 21 smartphones (not including Samsung’s devices) were sporting OLED panels, that number more than doubled in 2015, and this year we’ve already seen quite a few devices equipped with such displays, so the numbers will rise once again. Having that in mind, it is completely understandable Samsung cannot keep up, though the company is definitely working on it, they’ve invested quite a bit of money into expanding their production capacity for such displays. It remains to be seen what happens by the end of this year, but it seems like Xiaomi will have to wait in order to start manufacturing devices equipped with OLED panels, unless they find some other way to acquire the necessary displays.