OEM may refer to a company that purchases for use in its own products a component made by a second company Under this definition. if TCL purchases LCD panels from Samsung to put in its TVs, TCL is the OEM, and Samsung would classify the transaction as an "OEM sale"
Samsung is dedicated to supporting OEMs with a variety of leading edge innovative solutions including LED backlit TV modules, multi-touch mobile displays, and advanced technologies including AMOLED and plastic TFT products.
He didn't say that either. He pointed out that TCL is one of the OEM's of Samsung, which is true.
The key is, why did he point out that fact? To me, he was implying that TCL is a Samsung OEM, therefore also implying that TCL uses the same panels that are in Samsung TV's, which you stated.
While some Samsung TV's contain TCL panels, therefore these Samsung TV's contain the same panels of TCL TV's, it is worthwhile to note that:
1. Not ALL Samsung TV's use TCL panels
2. Not ALL TCL TV's contain panels found in Samsung TV's
3. Since TCL is not the sole OEM of Samsung, nor does TCL produce only Samsung TV's, it is likely that TCL TV's will not be of the same quality as Samsung TV's
Therefore, it should not be implied that TCL TV's use the same panels as Samsung TV's, vice versa.
Same reason that you cannot imply Foxconn and Apple both use the same motherboards, but based on the generally favorable reviews of TCL TV's, they seem to be a great value.
Actually, I think he was pointing out that given that this company produces components for reputable brands, they are a legitimate brand and not a cheap knockoff. Does that mean that the quality will be the same as those top brands? Not at all. But it's not like buying a Folex watch in Chinatown either.
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