It has long been rumored that Apple is slowly trying to reduce its dependence on Samsung as a component supplier due to the high tensions between both companies over alleged patent infringements. However it looks like Apple isn’t the only company looking to move away from Samsung. According a report from Apple Insider, it seems that Nokia is looking to drop Samsung as their component supplier due to allegations of theft. These allegations are far from official and we have yet to hear from Nokia or Samsung about them, so as far as we’re concerned, they should be treated as rumors for now.
The report has suggested that Samsung has been stealing design ideas from Nokia. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard such allegations of design theft, especially since one of Apple’s biggest issues with Samsung was how some of their smartphones and tablets greatly resembled their iPhone and iPad products. Quoting an inside source supposedly familiar with Nokia’s component orders from Samsung:
“The ‘firewall’ between component sales and smartphones [at Samsung] is about as sturdy as a pile of kimchee.” Noting that Samsung has “a record of getting orders for next-gen components, then canceling the orders. And then they show up in a Samsung phone. When you see a Samsung (certain specialized new design for) OLED phone as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.”
We are not sure what exactly Nokia relies on Samsung for in terms of components, although it has been presumed that the Lumia 8xx displays could be from Samsung. Either way like we said, these are purely rumors at this point in time and should be treated as such, but what do you guys think?