Samsung finds itself in an enviable position in the smartphone industry, large enough a company to develop a number of its own hardware components, while secure enough in its standing to not just hold its most desirable parts back for exclusive use in its own devices. In addition to Exynos chips, the curved-screen displays Samsung first used on its own Edge-series hardware have subsequently begun to appear in third-party phones, like BlackBerry Priv. Last year we heard that the Priv could just be the start of that expansion, with manufacturers like Huawei reportedly interested in using Edge screen for their own phones. Now we’re checking out what may be one of the next of these devices, as Vivo teases the curved-screen Xplay 5.
The Vivo Xplay 5 may be better known for its promised 6GB of RAM, but we’ve also been paying attention to its curved design. And while one recent render suggested the handset could get curves that went around its short top and bottom edges, a new render shared on Weibo shows a long-edge curve that sure looks like one of Samsung’s Edge panels.
In addition to this pic, we’re hearing a report that claims Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi alike are all signing on to use Samsung Edge panels in their own phones. While nothing’s official just yet, there appears to be heavy interest from Chinese OEMs to produce handsets around these curved-screen displays.
If this is indeed happening we could get our first morsel of confirmation shortly, as Vivo should be announcing the Xplay 5 tomorrow – and seeing as that’s technically right now in China (time zones and all), we could have that news coming in at any moment.