In Word: Samsung is one of the most prominent entities in the foldable phone market. The company has already launched three models, but it looks like it will further expand its influence in this market by selling foldable OLED displays to other phone makers. Those manufacturers include Google, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo.
Google’s foldable phone was first mentioned in leaked documents in August 2020. Codenamed “Passport,” Google’s foldable phone is reportedly due to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021. Specifications are still unknown, but a recent report claim (is It will feature a 7.6-inch foldable OLED screen.
Vivo also plans to announce its first foldable phones later this year. This phone will come with an 8-inch OLED screen and a 6.5-inch OLED screen, but only the former is from Samsung. The 6.5-inch screen will be manufactured by BOE.
Xiaomi, which launched a foldable phone in March, plans to introduce another in late 2021. Like Vivo’s foldable phone, it will feature an 8-inch OLED panel and a 6.5-inch OLED panel.
Oppo will likely be the last of these four companies to join the foldable phone market. The launch of its foldable phone has been brought to 2022 alongside Samsung’s OLED production for the company. This phone should have a clamshell design with two displays: a 7.1-inch inner screen and a 1.5-inch to two-inch outer screen.
Samsung won’t just focus on selling foldable OLED displays to third-party phone makers. The report also indicates that Samsung plans to launch two more foldable phones later this year.
Neither of these displays appear to be the S-Fold display that Samsung showed off earlier this year, but the technology that powers them should be similar.
Flip phones have yet to make it to the mainstream segment, but as more phone makers jump on the bandwagon, that may soon happen. In addition, as more folding phones are introduced to the market, competition will increase, leading to a possible reduction in the price of such devices.
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