There was a time, not so long ago, when China-based handset makers were making phones with crappy hardware to compete with Apple’s iPhone. Today, several Chinese handset makers have their own flagship phones that feature impressive hardware, and they are no longer a piece of crap. The ones we love include the Huawei Ascend P1, Meizu MX, Xiaomi M1, and Oppo Finder. Well, it seems like these handset makers are placing bulk orders for AMOLED panels from a Samsung component distributor.
Recently, there are reports that Coasia Microelectronics, which mainly distributes IC components for Samsung such as CMOS image sensors, multi-chip package (MCP) memory and OLED displays, is expected to get new AMOLED panel orders from several Chinese phone manufacturers. Who are they? Coasia is currently in talks with Xiaomi, Oppo, Gionee and two other Chinese companies (probably Huawei, ZTE, or Meizu). According to industry sources, the shipments to these Chinese phone makers will start later in 2012, probably the fourth quarter, and the deals are estimated at several hundreds of millions of US dollars.
On the other side, Coasia did not confirm the orders and customers, but said that its business in China will expand, including its customer base in China. Coasia also revealed that orders placed by its China-based clients currently account for about 10% of company revenues, and they are looking forward to a 20% increase in the next two years.
As for now, both Huawei Ascend P1 and the Oppo Finder sport a Super AMOLED display, and maybe we could see more Chinese phone makers featuring AMOLED panels in their Android smartphones to stand out at the competition with the Retina Display on Apple’s iPhone. It would be interesting to see the second generation of Xiaomi phone sporting a Super AMOLED display.
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