It looks like many smartphone makers are preparing to introduce smartphones with OLED panels. While several reports have hinted that the next Apple iPhone 8 may feature an OLED screen, the latest reports claim that Xiaomi is the new player who has signed a deal with Samsung for the supply of millions of OLED panels.
Interestingly, it was said that Xiaomi had tried to fix a deal with LG that was reportedly canceled because of the delay in the construction of a production plant. LG’s OLED screen is said to be 5.5-inch in size, while Samsung’s offering is a 6-inch with a flexible form-factor. The report also claims that the production will start in December, supplying 1 million to Xiaomi, and then 2.2 million for the next month.
While the smartphone, which will use the OLED panels is still in question, there were earlier reports that the Mi 7, with the rumored Codename as Chiron, is also expected to feature a 6-inch screen. But these displays may not be from Samsung because the source had specifically mentioned that the panels will be produced by JDI. So, either these sources from different reports may not be legit, or that Xiaomi is working on two different flagship models, which can be the Xiaomi Mi 7, and perhaps a successor to the Xiaomi Mi MIX.
And we would like to guess that it’s the latter one. The Mi MIX is certainly another breed of smartphones with a screen that has very low bezel sizes for larger screen estate. It's truly a futuristic smartphone, up until when Samsung and LG had unleashed the Samsung Galaxy S8 series and the LG G6 with 18:9 screens. These companies are also preparing to launch more flagship smartphones with next-generation displays, such as the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note8 that is expected to mount a large 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity display and the LG V30 with a large OLED panel and 18:9 aspect ratio.
That being said, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, or whatever could be the official name, is also expected to hold an OLED panel and fewer bezels. Xiaomi is already known for selling high-end smartphones are lower rates. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the Apple iPhone 8 that are expected to sell at very high prices, Xiaomi’s version of the curved OLED smartphone may be considerably cheaper. There isn’t any word on when this new model will hit the stores, but one can guess that it will see the light of the day in 2018.