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Samsung Galaxy S21 now unlikely to use BOE OLEDs due to quality concerns

The Samsung Galaxy S20+. (Source: Gadgets Now)
The Samsung Galaxy S20+. (Source: Gadgets Now)
Reports from a few weeks ago claimed that Samsung would finally ditch OLED's made by Samsung Display in favor of ones supplied by Chinese manufacturer BOE. That plan may now be dead in the water, however, as new information claims BOE's OLEDs failed to pass Samsung's quality tests.
Ricci Rox,

A few weeks ago, word on the grapevine claimed that Samsung could make the switch from using Samsung Display OLEDs, to using BOE OLEDs on the Galaxy S21 series. New information, however, points towards that now looking unlikely.

Citing Korean sources, leakster Ice Universe has claimed that the Galaxy S21 phones are unlikely to use OLEDs made by BOE. Apparently, the BOE displays were unable to meet Samsung's quality requirements. Ross Young has corroborated the claim, confirming that both BOE and China Star will not be supplying Samsung with hardware for the Galaxy S21 series.

Samsung using BOE displays on its flagship phones would have been a left-field move, in any case. While Samsung Display is independent of Samsung's mobile division, it would have made no sense, as Samsung Display is widely regarded as being the best OLED maker in the world. A cost-cutting measure, in all likelihood.

This does raise a few questions, though, especially pertaining to the quality of BOE's OLEDs. The Chinese company is expected to supply Apple with some displays for the iPhone 12 series, for example. Of course, Apple and Samsung likely don't require the same properties in a display, so it's hard to say.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-06-10 (Update: 2020-06-10)
Ricci Rox
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.