14There are only a few foldable display makers in the market and it seems like Samsung is the most favored of them. According to a new report from ET News, Samsung will provide foldable displays to both Huawei and Xiaomi.
Huawei procured displays from LG and BOE for the Mate X. However, due to quality and quantity related concerns, the Chinese giant is apparently going to get foldable screens from Samsung Display.
In fact, the report says that the South Korean giant has already started developing foldable OLED panels for Huawei. The company will apparently use them in a foldable phone expected later this year.
For now, Huawei will likely stick with BOE for a revamped version of the Mate X, which will probably be unveiled at MWC.
According to an industry insider, Huawei might still keep BOE as an additional supplier if it increases production. However, given the fact that the company cannot install Google's apps and services on its phones for the time being, we wonder if it will be able to sell its foldable handset in large numbers.
Similarly, Xiaomi is also apparently planning to add Samsung to its supply chain. The company had previously installed Visionox's bendable screen in its tri-fold prototype smartphone. However, due to yield issues, the company will now supposedly use Samsung's panel instead.
However, do not expect a foldable Xiaomi phone in 2020. The report claims that due to certain problems such as changes in design and component supply, the release has been delayed.
Demand For Samsung's Foldable Displays Is Apparently High
Other Chinese mobile manufacturers such as OPPO and Vivo had reportedly expressed interest in Samsung's foldable OLEDs too. However, since the company was focusing on its foldable phones, it apparently delayed shipments.
However, from this year, Samsung is likely to increase the foldable phone output. This will allow it to expand supply to Chinese vendors.
According to a previous report from the same outlet, even Apple, Google, and Microsoft are interested in Samsung's foldable displays. Earlier, it was believed that these suppliers will procure bendable screens from LG.
Apparently, Samsung has already supplied samples to various vendors including Huawei and OPPO. However, while Chinese vendors are likely to choose Samsung, it is unclear if Apple and Google will also do the same. Moreover, it doesn't even seem like these two are planning to launch a foldable phone anytime soon.
Since Samsung will have to increase the production volume, we can hope the price of foldable displays will come down. As a result, the price of bendable phones might reduce in the future.
In fact, even the Galaxy Fold successor is likely going to be much more affordable than the company's first bendable device. According to reports, the clamshell phone will cost around $1,000.
The handset will likely have an ultra-thin glass cover instead of a plastic one. This will result in increased durability. The flip phone will supposedly be followed by another foldable handset later in 2020. Samsung is aiming to sell 6 million foldable phones globally this year.