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Samsung’s Investment In Flexible Displays Delayed, Processing Method Changes Needed

March 31, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagships launched earlier this month, and it seems like Samsung managed to leave a good impression with those two handsets. It hasn’t even been a month since they launched, and new reports are coming from South Korea, claiming that this tech giant is already putting pieces together for their next flagship, but has encountered some issues on the way. Anyhow, let’s see what’s what here.

Samsung Display plans to invest big money into expanding its A3 factory which is manufacturing flexible displays, after they resolve some issues though. Considering that the A3 factory doesn’t manufacture anything else, it’s pretty clear that Samsung is planning to use such displays in the future. These flexible OLED panels are using polyimide (PI) instead of glass, which makes the displays a lot more flexible. There are some serious issues with the manufacturing problems at the moment though, polyamide is not easy to process at high temperatures, and it seems like Samsung wants to resolve all issues as soon as possible.

Any further investments will apparently be delayed, but Samsung official said to ETNews that the expansion of the A3 will come sooner or later because Samsung has already ordered 8 million flexible displays a month for the upcoming Galaxy S7. It’s up to Samsung Display to figure out how to increase production of the A3 factory, and meet the demand. This will most certainly require a rather sizeable investment on Samsung’s part. It will be interesting to see what is Samsung planning for next year, but it’s way too soon to discuss that. It seems like the company is trying to make sure everything component will be available for when the time comes.

This Korean tech giant has definitely stepped up its game with the release of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, not only did they manufacture their first metal unibody handset, but have also cleaned up the TouchWiz UI which comes pre-installed on top of Android. Samsung is also created the vast majority of the Galaxy S6 components, which also gives them an advantage in a way. The company has included the latest UFS 2.0 flash memory in both of these devices, not to mention that the first 14nm Exynos SoC is powering on these devices. Let’s see what Samsung has in mind for next year, flexible displays sure sound interesting.