In addition to Samsung, Huawei, Motorola and Xiaomi, other mobile OEMs are also expected to introduce new foldable phones. The unconventional device category could soon expand as more companies are considering entering the field of foldable smartphones. There could be Vivo NEX and OPPO foldable phones in the near future. At this point, Samsung is at the forefront of foldable smartphone sales. The South Korean tech giant is now slated to launch two more foldable phones: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3.
Chinese display manufacturers supply such ultra-thin glasses to original equipment manufacturers. Samsung is the biggest customer right now, but it won’t just be the only customer as more foldable smartphones are in the works.
Samsung went from using polyimide films to UTG. The latter was already used in the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the original Galaxy Z Flip. Unlike Samsung, polyamide films were used in the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold and the Huawei Mate X2. That may change soon, as Chinese companies will now use UTG.
Interestingly, Samsung Display will supply Xiaomi with the Mi Mix Fold 2 main screen. CSOT will supply the 6.52-inch external screen. The previous Xiaomi folding phone featured CSOT displays on both sides.
Samsung Display is also said to supply the main folding screen for Vivo. BOE will supply the other screen. Honor, Huawei’s former sub-brand, also features a foldable phone. The Honor Magic Fold will use BOE’s UTG on both sides.
Google is also reported to introduce its own foldable phone as also mentioned two years ago. The Google Pixel folding phone could be 7.60 inches long and it will use UTG. It is also believed that OPPO will launch a foldable phone next year. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is said to use UTG from Corning and Schott.