The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung Display’s ultra-thin glass (UTG) technology has so far been exclusively supplied to Samsung Display Samsung Electronics for its popular line of foldable smartphones including the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Galaxy Z Flip.
However, a new report claims that competing smartphone brands will soon be using Samsung Display’s foldable glass panels as well.
The Google Pixel Fold could use Samsung’s UTG technology
Sources to be spoken to ET News claims Samsung Display is actively looking for new customers to buy UTG panels. The aim is to strengthen the foldable display business and ultimately to be one step ahead of the competition. As more and more customers order UTG displays and the production volume increases, the total price for foldable panels should also decrease. Hopefully this will lead to lower prices for foldable smartphones and benefit customers directly.
Samsung Display will begin shipping its durable foldable displays to new customers in the second half of 2021. One of the biggest companies to be named a new Samsung UTG and OLED customer is Samsung Display Google.
The internet giant is reportedly working on its first foldable smartphone tentatively named Google Pixel Fold, although not much is known about the exact form factor and specifications at the moment.
Even so, an announcement is expected either in late 2021 or early 2022. Tipster Jon Prosser, who has a decent track record when it comes to Google leaks, has broken the record with this timeline.
Regardless, display industry analyst Ross Young previously pointed to a release of Pixel Fold in the second half of 2021. So it looks like the leaflet next to that could be advertised Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in the fall.
It is rumored to be so Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are also working on foldable or rollable smartphones. Although it is currently unclear whether their products will use Samsung Display’s UTG panels or opt for a cheaper alternative.