Samsung is known for its OLED display panels, which the company uses in its own Galaxy series smartphones. Samsung also supplies the panels to multiple other brands with Apple being the most renowned names and has reportedly placed an order for over 70 million display panels for the upcoming iPhone 8. Samsung now has another brand under its belt, Xiaomi. The South Korean manufacturer will reportedly manufacture the AMOLED displays for upcoming Xiaomi devices.
Initially reported by the Korean publication, The Investor, Xiaomi was initially to seal the deal with LG. However, owing to delayed production timelines, the brand decided to go ahead with Samsung instead. Samsung already has all the processes in place for the creation of the OLED panels and can supply the panels to Xiaomi without any delay. LG, on the other hand, is still setting up the E5 plant and the production will not commence before August. The deal is reportedly for the 2018 Xiaomi flagship.
Xiaomi is believed to have initially placed an order for 1 million OLED displays in the first month followed by 2.2 million displays in the second month. The production of the displays is already underway. The display is most likely to be a 6.01-inch rigid OLED display, meaning Xiaomi will stick to the standard panel and not switch to a curved display in the next series. Considering the size, the display could be for the upcoming Note series smartphone. ALSO READ: Xiaomi 5X might be the first smartphone to launch under Lanmi-brand: Report
Interestingly, the order Xiaomi was to place with LG mentioned a smaller 5.9-inch display. There has been no reason attributed to the change in the display size and the reason for the change. It could either be that Xiaomi has slightly modified the device dimensions or increased the screen-to-body ratio marginally. Considering the launch is still more than some way off, it will be interesting to see what other features the smartphone boasts of.
This is not the first time Xiaomi is working with OLED panels and in the past too, the company has worked with AMOLED display in flagship devices. Leaks surrounding upcoming Xiaomi flagship codenamed Xiaomi ‘Chiron’ hint at a 6-inch display and the order falls in line with the leaks. Image leaks have shown the smartphone with a 2.5D curved display and a missing bottom bezel. The smartphone is also said to come with a 93 percent screen-to-body ratio, the highest ever on a smartphone. Additionally, Xiaomi Chiron will reportedly run a Snapdragon 835 chipset and will sport 6GB or 8GB RAM. Xiaomi is expected to announce the smartphone in early 2018.