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Galaxy M41 could be the first Samsung phone to use OLED display from third parties

Samsung Display also controls the tiny OLED display market (i.e. phones, watches, tablets), mostly at the back of the sister Samsung Electronics company but still high-profile consumers such as Apple. Now the company's searching for local suppliers to supply OLED displays.

The Galaxy M41 would be the first handset to use a non-Samsung OLED according to sources. Samsung has already selected China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), owned by TCL.

However, BOE has also been viewed by the company as a possible alternate supply line, perhaps even as a source for displays on future flagships such as the Galaxy S21 (but that doesn't happen).

Both Xiaomi and Motorola selected CSOT to create displays for the Mi 10 and Edge phones, respectively. Similarly, Samsung Electronics is free to select the component manufacturer that best suits its price and feature needs (such as not always using Exynos chips), Samsung Display does not receive special treatment.

The first renders of the Galaxy M41 emerged earlier this year, displaying a flat screen and a punch hole camera (with a fingerprint reader on the rear). There hasn't been any fresh knowledge about the phone yet, though.

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