Samsung will win with the folding, whether or not you buy a Galaxy Z, because its best flexible OLED LTPO panels will be in practically all the folding of 2021.
It seems that effectively this year 2021 will be the year of folding mobiles, or at least that is clear from the enormous amount of news around this type of device we are seeing lately, with Samsung's Unpacked already in the making and confirmation that South Koreans will be the biggest suppliers of flexible panels in the entire industry.
And these are not statements that we simply put on the air, as the most reputable sources in the mobile sector talk about new folding smartphones from Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo and even Google itself for this second half of 2021, since Samsung's sales have been increasing and it has been shown that there is indeed interest on the part of users in these devices.
Today we also know that Samsung will keep winning whether or not your Galaxy Fold3 and Galaxy Flip3 are sold, depending on the folding market will be dominated by the Seoul giant in a key section, which is none other than that of flexible panels and their protection which will finally be opened to other manufacturers.
Experts in the mobile sector say that Samsung will become a ‘partner' and supplier of practically all manufacturers that prepare a folding mobile, turning its flexible panels and its ‘Ultra Thin Glass' into a de facto standard.
The truth is that the aforementioned analyst and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants has been quite clear on his Twitter account, who also stated that Samsung is not going to keep the best part of its technology to itself, also providing their one of the best flexible panels it is capable of manufacturing.
So we can already hope that Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo or Google have at least a quality similar to that of the Galaxy Fold in their flexible screens, with OLED LTPO panels up to 120Hz with variable refresh rate, protected by that layer of ultra-thin glass that Samsung implemented last year, greatly improving the touch in the Galaxy Z although with a plastic protection that also arrives factory placed on top.
Today's leak – All 2021 foldables using panels from Samsung Display will be 120Hz and LTPO. This of course covers the 6.70 “Z Flip 3, 7.55” Z Fold 3 as well as the 7.57 “foldable from Google, 7.11” from Oppo, 8.2 “from Vivo and 8.1” from Xiaomi.
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It should be remembered that this type of LTPO panels are capable of modify the refresh rate between 1 and 120 hertz according to needs to save energy, not like the previous AMOLED set in predefined intervals of 60, 90 or 120 Hertz did. This is one of the main improvements, and it seems that Samsung, fortunately, will not keep it exclusively.
In addition, we know that there is talk of 7.11 inches for the OPPO mobile, 8.2 in the case of vivo, 8.1 inches for the Xiaomi folding and 7.57 inches for the Google Pixel Fold, so the South Korean giant will adapt the diagonals to the manufacturer's needs, without specifically focusing on the 6.7 inches in portrait format of its Z Flip3 or the 7.5 inches that are rumored in the case of the Fold3.
Google should be one of the manufacturers with its most advanced folding mobile, inheriting the experience of the Galaxy Z Fold2 and with possible agreements with Samsung on the horizon to bring software improvements natively to Android.
For now It has been Samsung with its Galaxy Z who has reopened the melon of a new market, so in this case it is the one who has advanced the furthest and who can contribute the most experience. It is a case similar to that of smartwatches, so it is possible that those agreements that we have seen with Wear OS and the new Galaxy Watch4 are reproduced with the Pixel Fold.
Not surprisingly, it has transpired in previous news that both the panel and the UTG glass will be present in Google's folding mobile, which will adopt a format similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Fold2 taking to Android natively the software enhancements that enable advanced multitasking and productivity in the large format of these screens.
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