Samsung: Galaxy Fold is the canary in the coal mine of Chinese OLED makers

Samsung: Galaxy Fold is the canary in the coal mine of Chinese OLED makers
The VP of Samsung Display is the gift that kept on giving in the last few days, divulging secrets from the Galaxy Fold re-release kitchen. During the Korean Information Display Society forum in Seoul, Mr Kim Seong-cheol said that his department is on "standby," ready to go into mass production of displays for the Galaxy Fold, as Samsung has apparently resolved the two issues with the screen packaging that rose during the initial preview phase.

While we are waiting on the Galaxy Fold to arrive around the Note 10 announcement, or maybe even a bit earlier, and hope that the teething problems that prevented the original launch date have been ironed out, it's worth pointing out that Mr Kim didn't just dedicate his keynote address to the foldable phone's issues.

He also laid out Samsung's vision of the future for OLED displays to be centered around the switch to foldable devices. The work he charted going forward - low-stress layers, cover films, precision alignment and curl and delamination - all has something to do with the challenges arising from the creation of future phones that bend, as we became painfully aware with the case of the missing Galaxy Fold.


Kim Seong-cheol also didn't mince words when he detailed Samsung's OLED expansion plans. He frankly stated as a fact that the Chinese OLED makers like BOE that supply screens to Huawei or Xiaomi, will surpass Samsung in terms of panels produced in 2020. 

That's not very worrying for Samsung, though, as apparently it intends to keep the lead in OLED superiority with new features and focusing on quality instead of quantity, according to the VP of its Display division. Thus, Samsung's work on the screen technology for the Galaxy Fold will be keeping it ahead of the value-for-money Chinese pack, and we can't wait to see how the Fold issues have been resolved. 

Let's not forget that just last week a Samsung official predicted that the nascent foldable phone industry will hit the sub-$1000 mark with top-shelf devices within two years which should be where mass adoption starts happening and Samsung's bet on bendable displays pays off.

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  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Bring it on

2. Farcaster

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Why bother? BOE will just steal their tech and mass produce it for cheap.

4. alanrock

Posts: 304; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

cheaper/better/faster...

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 566; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Cheaper - Yes Better - Nope not even close the P30 Pro and P30 screens are no match for Samsungs Amoled displays. Right now the S10 screens are the best on any device thats just facts. Faster - Hell No if BOE can make them faster then why on Mate 20 did they go to LG for displays which had the green issues? Samsung makes enough for themselves, Apple and other OEMs like Pixel devices. And between those OEMS that is hundred of millions of displays in 1 year. So nope no one makes it faster than Sammy.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung focusing just now on quality instead of quantity. No wonder why they stick around $200-$300 ASP.

5. Tipus

Posts: 858; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Wat :))

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung VP of Display says it. Please do read the article.

8. Alcyone

Posts: 328; Member since: May 10, 2018

Everytime i read an Android/Samsung article and see your comments, my head atarts to hurt. Your ego, is obnoxious at best.

9. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

He never mentioned anything about ASP. Troll much ?

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