Samsung is one of the most well-known brands in the foldable smartphone world. The company has already released three models, but it appears that it will extend its market share by supplying foldable OLED displays to other phone makers. Google, Xiaomi, Vivo, and Oppo are among the makers.
The first reference of Google's foldable phone was first mentioned in documents leaked in August 2020. Google's foldable phone, codenamed "Passport," is expected to be released in Q4 2021. The exact specifications are unknown, but according to a recent report, it will include a 7.6-inch foldable OLED display.
Later this year, Vivo expects to debut its first foldable phones. This phone will have a 6.5-inch OLED display and an 8-inch OLED display, although only the former will be made by Samsung. BOE will manufacture the 6.5-inch screen.
Xiaomi, which introduced a foldable smartphone in March, plans to release another by the end of 2021. It will have an 8-inch OLED panel and a 6.5-inch OLED panel, similar to Vivo's foldable phone.
Oppo is the most likely of these four companies to enter the foldable phone market. Its foldable phone launch has been pushed out to 2022 to comply with Samsung's OLED production. This phone should have a clamshell form with two screens: an inner screen that is 7.1 inches and an outside screen that is 1.5 to two inches.
Samsung will supply foldable OLED displays to third-party phone makers as well. Samsung reportedly expects to release two more foldable phones later this year, according to the rumour.
Although none of these screens appears to be the same as Samsung's S-Fold display from earlier this year, the technology that powers them should be similar.
Foldable phones have yet to get into the mainstream, but as more phone manufacturers come on board, that could change soon. Furthermore, as more foldable phones enter the market, competition will increase, perhaps lowering the price of such devices.