As well as entering the iPhone supply chain, BOE is also expected to enter the screen supply chain of the Samsung Galaxy S series. In April, research firm Display Supply Chain sreported that Samsung’s mobile division was in talks with BOE to purchase screens for future Galaxy S/A-series phones.
Samsung Electronics today made a formal offer to the Beijing-based manufacturer after a full month of preliminary talks, according to industry sources. This means that the screen will be introduced into the supply chain of the Galaxy A/S series, and requests for quotations from the smartphone industry are usually issued about half a year before the trial.
Samsung is currently only seeking an offer from BOE for the Galaxy S21 series, the sources said. While it’s unclear whether the Galaxy S21 will still offer three different models, the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s successor should have its own OLED screen, while the introductory Galaxy S20e’s successor will most likely adopt a BOE screen.
According to South Korean insiders, the offer request to BOE only involves 90Hz screen specifications. That’s because the domestic OLED panel selling Samsung wants to order is not intended to support a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is the main selling point of this generation’s flagship machine.
Parts of the Galaxy S21 series are being handed over to BOE, which will undoubtedly reduce the cost of manufacturing the next generation of Android’s flagship. Given the current instability in the mobile phone market, Samsung now thinks it’s imperative.