Samsung Display still dominates the small OLED display business (i.e. phones, watches, tablets), largely on the back of the sibling Samsung Electronics division but also high-profile customers like Apple. Now the company is looking to source OLED displays from external manufacturers.
The first phone to use a non-Samsung OLED will be the Galaxy M41, according to insiders. They add that Samsung has already chosen China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), which is owned by TCL.
However, the company also looked at BOE as a potential alternative supply line, perhaps even as a source for displays on future flagships like the Galaxy S21 (but that is not happening).
Samsung Galaxy M41 (or M51)
CSOT was chosen by both Xiaomi and Motorola to make displays for the Mi 10 and Edge phones, respectively. Similarly, Samsung Electronics is free to pick the component manufacturer that best suits it price and feature needs (like it doesnt always use Exynos chips), Samsung Display doesnt get special treatment.
Earlier this year the first renders of the Galaxy M41 appeared, showing a flat screen and a punch hole camera (with a fingerprint reader on the back). There hasn’t been much new info about the phone since, though.