Samsung getting chummy with Xiaomi on chips, dual cameras and OLED displays



It's not the first time we are hearing that Xiaomi is in talks with Samsung on a major component supply deal, but this time it seems to be pretty serious. The founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, is apparently expected to land in Seoul for meetings with execs from Samsung's memory chip and display businesses.

This could indicate a major shift to OLED displays and UFS memory chips in Xiaomi handsets further down the road, yet we also had a tip back in June that Samsung will be supplying Xiaomi, Oppo and LeEco with its dual-camera modules. Lo and behold, a fresh rumor from today hints at a Redmi Note 4 equipped with a dual-lens shooter, so where there is smoke, there must be fire, too.

Xiaomi, together with Huawei, have been rumored to start sourcing flexible OLED displays from LG for flagship phones coming down the proverbial holiday pipe, but it seems that they will be hedging their bets by trying to source such panels from their largest producer, too, at least Xiaomi.

In fact, the latest leak about an eventual Xiaomi Mi Pro denotes a future phone with OLED screen and UFS 2.0 memory chip, but the panel is said to be produced by AUO, not Samsung, so maybe Lei Jun will be going to Seoul to jump the gun on Samsung's organic LED displays this time. On the other hand, Samsung had just a 3.2% smartphone market share in China back in April, so selling components to the largest player there, Xiaomi, is a way for it to compensate, and get its foot in the door. In any case, if this deal leads to phones with Samsung components sold at Xiaomi prices, we would all only benefit.

source: KoreaHerald via SamMobile

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26 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Good for both. Xiaomi will get access to the highest quality components.

2. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Sony should do the same.

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Yeh, right because HTC, Moto, One plus all got the highest quality components from the samsung.......................Not. They get 1.5-2 years old amoled display tech from samsung. Highest quality my ass.

6. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

So what you want? Samsung give them latest tech and kicks its own ass.

8. Kumar123 unregistered

The purpose of my comment was to show that idiot iushnt that companies don't get the highest quality components just because become a customer of samsung. Actually they get the worst components. As a supplier Yes, they should give the latest and highest quality to their customer but they are afraid and insecure about their own products so they don't do it. It shows how low class and peasant mentality this disgusting company has. I really hope LG, AUO, JDI and other display company ramp up their oled production soon so smartphone companies don't have to rely on this disgusting company.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3085; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Well your beloved iPhones get components from Samsung too. You mad bro?

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Lol Man! Even Tim Cook isnt going to get as angry as you when somebody praises Sammy! You, along with strong fight from GreenMan, but couldnt cross you anyway, seem to be the direct heir to Bobby Buster, he at least bashes all Android, you seem to have taken your frustration to whole new level. Bashing is completely right but you should have proper reason for it but not in every article, for example, lets say that Samsung promises to give Exynos 7420 chip, they should be giving it and even if they dont there will be ways to prove otherwise. Same with displays too. Being in a Tech site, this kind of behavior makes people totally ignore you after sometime, and it will be you and only you left to f*p yourself. Don't be a blind fanboy. Oh! wait...iSheep!

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They are of the highest quality. Highest quality doesn't mean expensive or top of the line. After all, Samsung builds cheap phones too. How many fo them made the failure list? NONE of them. You seem to be confused as to what high quality I defined as. After all you "think" the iPhone is a "higher" quality than the Galaxy S, when its not. How can it be when all the components cost $220. You didn't show anything. You just showed you're stupid. The One S the latest one retails for $400USD. In order to sell at that price point, they had to buy mid-range offerings. if they had chose top of the line stuff, the phoemn could sell for such a low price. You're complaining about the parts in a basic phone. Would you go to a car dealer, an BUY a base model and then complain it doesn't have the top engine? Or the top features? Knowing you, you probably would because you're stupid. You're crying because an OEM says we want to by your low-end left over so we can build a cheap phone. Its one thing to troll, its another to just be an ignorant troll.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung low end device are the worst on the market. Samsung core are the worst.

26. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Are you sure you are okay? Disgusting yet over 26 million, units of S7 sold!! I like that disgusting.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung gave them what they paid for. Top tech doesn't come cheap. Its obvious a $400 phone doesn't have the top brass of components. Yet he's blaming Samsung because he is an ignorant Samsung hating butt-munch.

7. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple definitely needs to do this.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2024; Member since: May 26, 2011

You act as if you have access to their contracts and know exactly what those companies wanted to order. Don't forget components business is different than their mobile division. If they're not selling the components that their customer (OEMs) want, they wouldn't be able to compete in the market against other components manufacturers.

13. Cicero

Posts: 1113; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Right! Samsung supplies what customer order and pay.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well if that is what they chose to buy, you can't blame that on Samsung. Stupid. if you are the buyer and you make a defined choice to buy older stuff because its cheap, because they want a $300 phone, who's to blame for that? You're an ignorant fool!

20. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

It's more like he's a dumbass moron fool.

18. Papa_Ji

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Samsung's 1.5-2 years old comments are still better than majority of current comments. Dumbass iSheeps like you, will realise this when they will get S6 or S5 (2014) display on your iPhone 8 (2017)..

19. Papa_Ji

Posts: 827; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

*components

21. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Quality and age of tech is two different things. It's simple english.

3. heyhoa

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Xiaomi really needs to improve quality issues. Procuring components from Samsung could be a good solution.

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

S7 camera sensor also incoming in next MI flagship

12. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

A smart move by Samsung. Their sales are slipping away from China so they are probably looking for alternatives to make profit there, such as this. Selling components to XiaoMi

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seems dumb that Samsung would provide another OEM with dual cameras, before even putting them in their own phone. What's up with that Sammie?!

25. JMartin22

Posts: 2368; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

From a business aspect, they want to maximize their revenue. They aren't just a phone manufacturer, they're a supplier. They have a policy that they follow in good faith to their clients; who happen to be their competitors in a different field, that they separate the aspects and limit resource sharing between the different branches as a means of eliminating perceived biases with their partners.

22. foxfoxfox

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 10, 2016

samsung phone with ios and Xiaomi price my dream phone

23. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

You must love fox.?

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