Last year, the Huawei Mate 10 was launched with an LCD screen whereas the Mate 10 Pro had arrived with an OLED screen. Based on the information received through industry sources, ET News, a South Korean publication has claimed that China’s BOE will be supplying flexible OLED panels to Huawei for an upcoming strategic smartphone that is slated to get unveiled in the second half of 2018. Hence, it is now being speculated that the forthcoming Mate 20 Pro will be featuring a flexible OLED screen.
South Korean companies like Samsung Display and LG Display are leading the flexible OLED business with the former accounting for 90 percent market share. BOE is one of the popular suppliers of LCD panels. Compared to its rivals, it has entered the OLED market a bit late.
BOE has recently struck a deal for OLED panels with Huawei, the third largest smartphone maker in the world. This shows that the quality of the OLED panels of BOE is such that even major smartphone manufacturers are considering working with the China-based OLED manufacturer. The production of flexible OLED panels is still a problem for the company even though it had heavily invested in the sixth generation OLED panel in 2017.
The publication claims that the mass production of flexible OLED panels for the Mate 20 Pro from this month. The Mate RS Porsche Design premium smartphone that was unleashed earlier this year features a flexible OLED panel by LG Display. The smartphone features a dual edge curved screen like the recent Galaxy flagship phones by Samsung. Hence, the upcoming Mate 20 Pro may feature an OLED panel with curved edges. It could be equipped with an in-screen fingerprint reader like the Mate RS.
The upcoming Kirin 980 chipset is expected to power the Mate 20 Pro. It could be equipped with five cameras with three sensors on the back and dual selfie snappers on the front. As of this writing, there is no confirmation on whether the Mate 20 smartphone that is likely to debut alongside the Mate 20 Pro will also feature a flexible OLED panel. The Mate 20 series is slate to get announced in October.