Samsung’s Dual Edge AMOLED display not only makes the Galaxy S6 and S7 Edge look unbelievably sleek, but the company’s latest software also makes it rather useful too. Not surprising, Samsung’s competitors have taken note and a new report states that the company is selling its cutting edge display technology to some of its Chinese rivals. Huawei, Vivo, and Xiaomi are said to be releasing curved display smartphones in the near future.
News sources from China report that Vivo is preparing to launch its XPlay5 handset on March 1st, which will feature Samsung’s Dual Edge display. The phone is also said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 6GB of RAM, so it’s clearly aimed at the very high-end of the market. A picture of the handset (below) was recently uploaded to Weibo and clearly shows off a curved display. However, the image was not uploaded by an official Vivo account or by a company representative, so we should treat it as unconfirmed.
Industry insiders are also suggesting that Huawei and Xiaomi are preparing to release handsets packing the same display technology from Samsung, although there don’t appear to be any other rumors to hint at potential specifications or release dates. We initially heard that Huawei may be purchasing curved displays from Samsung back in September last year.
Of course, these won’t be the first companies to have bought some of Samsung’s curved AMOLED panels, the BlackBerry Priv was released last year. Samsung Display is said to be looking to expand its list of customers in search of additional revenue, and the division is investing heavily in increasing AMOLED panel production capacity over the coming years. The company may even be producing AMOLED displays for the next Apple iPhone. Furthermore, focusing on its component businesses is helping Samsung offset the lower revenue that it generates from smartphone sales these days.
We will certainly be on the lookout for official announcements from Huawei, Vivo and Xiaomi in the coming months. Would you like to see more dual edge display smartphones available from a range of manufacturers?