Huawei on-cell OLED from BOE
According to the report, people with knowledge of the matter said Monday that the BOE will be the first to supply Huawei on-cell OLED panel, its touch sensor embedded in the panel.
The person said that the success of Huawei to win the order shows that the Chinese display giant is narrowing the technology gap with South Korea’s Samsung Display and LG Display Company in the OLED panel.
On-cell OLED panels have a touch electrode on a thin-film package layer inside the panel, making them thinner and cheaper than previous add-on OLED panels, which had a touch film attached to the top of the panel.
Samsung Display, the market leader in small-size OLED panels, was the first to commercialize the technology, called Octa for rigid OLED panels and Y-Octa for flexible OLED panels.
According to the report, BOE’s panels will be used in the Mate 40 series that will be launched between September and October, which is expected to come in two versions: Standard and Pro.
The report claims that BOE is the exclusive supplier of on-cell OLED panels for the standard version of the Mate 40 and that the company is supplying panels for the Mate 40 Pro along with Samsung Display and LG Display.
In the first half of this year, BOE reportedly tried to supply Huawei’s P40 series with on-cell OLED panels, but failed to get orders and only supplied the P40 Pro series with add-on OLED panels. Samsung Display and LG Display provided on-cell OLED panels. Huawei will likely use on-cell OLED panels on all of its flagship smartphones in the future.
BOE is the only Chinese display maker to successfully secure an on-cell OLED panel supply deal with Huawei, with fellow Chinese companies Huaxing Optoelectronics and Visionox also producing panels but failing to secure orders from Huawei.
BOE will also gain an edge in its deal with Huawei, possibly supplying its OLED panels for Apple’s iPhone series. The Chinese display giant failed to secure an order from Apple this year but is expected to continue to try to win orders.