You can't say the words 'Xiaomi' and 'display' without also mentioning the Xiaomi Mi MIX
If you thought Apple was the sole winner of Samsung Display's recent expansion
of its smartphone OLED display business, think again. A new report from Korean publication The Bell
says Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi has recently signed a deal with Samsung for a supply of several million panels for its upcoming 2018 flagship.
The deal reportedly went through following a failed cooperation with LG Display, which fell through due to a delay in the building of a new plant. Curiously, this shift also impacted the unnamed device's design, as LG's display was 5.5 inched in diagonal, while Samsung's is now a 6-inch one instead.
The shipments are reported to start this December, with an initial supply of 1 million, and a subsequent one of 2.2 million more the next month.
When hearing this piece of news, it's easy for one's mind to jump straight to the rumored Xiaomi Mi 7
(whose code name is reportedly "Chiron"). And on first glance, it seems to fit the bill, as reported specifications for it include a 6-inch display, and it certainly fits the bill for a "flagship." However, the source of these specifications claims the display will come from JDI, which has nothing to do with both LG and Samsung.
So there's two possible options: either that one of the two sources has their info wrong, or the device in question isn't actually the Chiron at all. So when it comes to flagships, we have a couple of other options to choose from: either something in the company's Redmi series, or perhaps even the long-awaited successor to last year's Mi MIX
Whatever the case, though, the move to 6 inches is giving us the impression that this might be yet another device to adopt the trend of the ultra tall display ratio — sure, 16:9 6-inchers are nothing new, but they have historically been more niche devices, and usually don't sport high-end specs. Or in other words, they don't fit the bill when it comes to the term "flagship."