Samsung Display will end all LCD panel production by late 2020. As a result Samsung TVs from 2021 onwards will use panels from mainly Chinese and Taiwanese LCD makers, according to Korean media.
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Samsung will source LCD TV panels from mainly TCL's CSoT in China and AU Optronics in Taiwan after its decision to cease in-house production of LCD panels for its high-end "QLED" LCD TVs and mid-range LCD TVs by late 2020.
That is according to Korean newspaper The Guru's industry sources. A previous report from Digitimes claimed that Samsung will also, once again, start sourcing LCD TV panels from Sharp, now owned by Foxconn. However, other reports contradict the claim that Samsung will partner with Sharp.
AU Optronics, or AUO, is expected the become the main supplier of LCD TV panels for Samsung's "QLED" 4K and 8K LCD TVs, the report said.
The news does not come as a big surprise as Samsung Display, the company's display manufacturing division, has been winding down production of LCD TV panels for some time. As of 2019, only around one-third of the LCD panels used in Samsung TVs came from its own production. Samsung also holds a stake in TCL's CSoT, and TCL holds a stake in Samsung Display's China factory.
As the company gradually phases out LCD technology for its TVs, it will invest billions of dollars in display technologies such as QD-OLED (blue OLEDs with QD color converters). It is also investing in microLED (tiny RGB LEDs) and is rumored to be exploring QNED (blue LEDs with QD color converters).
- Source: The Guru