Report: Samsung Display will supply foldable panels to Chinese makers

Peter, 27 January 2021

ETNews reports that Samsung Display has signed a deal to supply foldable displays select smartphone makers in China. The plan is to start shipping the displays in the third quarter and to deliver 1 million units before the end of the year.

This will lead to several foldable phones being announced in the second half of 2021. According to insiders, Oppo and vivo will be launching phones, other companies may be involved as well. The company will be supplying both large horizontal folding screens (like on the Z Fold) and smaller vertical folding screens (Z Flip).

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Oppo Foldable phone prototype shown off at MWC 2019

So far the only buyer of Samsung Display’s foldable panels has been Samsung Electronics (which uses them in the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip phones). SD has been trying to sign on other buyers for the last few years, but things didn’t go as planned.

Huawei was lined up to make a purchase, however the US sanctions against the company threw a wrench in those plans. Instead, Huawei has been using foldable displays from BOE. Another company in China that is making foldable displays is CSOT.

Samsung Display is currently the only one using Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) in its foldable displays, which gives it the edge. However, reports from November indicate that BOE plans to launch panels with UTG as well.

Number of panels for Samsung Electronics for Chinese makers
Vertical folding screens 7,845,000 800,000
Horizontal folding screens 3,155,000 260,000

Anyway, Samsung Display is forecasted to produce over 10 million foldable panels this year. Only 1 million of those is headed for China, the rest are going to Samsung Electronics. The table above shows shipment predictions for panels of each type.

Source (in Korean) | Via


Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Jan 2021
  • 802

High end segment is above 2000$. Android dominating there. No iPhone to be found there. Cheap products will always remain in low end cheap category below 2000$

  • Anonymous
  • 28 Jan 2021
  • mIm

When it comes to industrial espionage - yes, absolutely. How would you feel if someone stole from you?

I know they are making the Z flip affordable. But here I was clearly talking about Z Fold series like inward folding foldables.

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