Samsung will start mass production of 7-inch, 720p resolution OLED panels as early as June, with an initial target of slightly less than 1 million units per month, the person said. The displays will be shipped to assemblers around July. Representatives from Nintendo and Samsung declined to comment.
Nintendo president Toshiro Guchuan said in February that the company did not announce plans for a new switch host “in the near future.”. Samsung’s participation is a strong sign of Nintendo’s upgrading switch host, and it is a great improvement.
“Compared with current LCD panels, OLED panels consume less power, provide higher contrast and possibly have faster response time,” said Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of DSCC, a panel supply consultancy
Nintendo’s decision to use rigid OLED panels on its new models is a cheaper but less flexible option, with the latest switch host offering 4K resolution in TV mode, people familiar with the matter said. However, this may aggravate the long-standing complaints of developers, who need to work hard to solve the resolution difference between handheld mode and TV mode, and now the gap between the two is even bigger.
Samsung benefited from the deal as the market price of rigid OLED panels has been falling due to oversupply. Acquiring customers like Nintendo will also help the South Korean giant consolidate its production plans.
The resolution of the new switch display is the same as the current switch and switch Lite, but the screen size has been upgraded (switch is 6.2 inches, Lite is 5.5 inches). If the overall size of the host remains unchanged, the new switch may have a higher screen share.