Neither Samsung Galaxy S5 nor Apple iPhone6 to launch with flexible OLED displays in 2014.
WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.
An investement delay in the A3 line for flexible OLED panels might be the cause why Samsung is unlikely to launch smartphones with curved or flat flexible display in year 2014.
“The current capacity for flexible panels is not high enough for the Galaxy S5, which will be rolled out early next year. Curved ones will be unveiled late next year as a Galaxy variant rather than as a flagship model,” said Kim Jong-hyun, an analyst at Seoul-based Eugene Investment & Securities.
Currently, the company is capable of handling 8,000 5.5-generation sheets per month to produce up to 500,000 flexible panels for smartphones, with a 30 percent yield. With the A3 line investment, the capacity may rise to 1 million panels late next year, said a source close to Samsung who declined to be identified.
Samsung’s Galaxy Round, with a battery that is not curved and a display composed of both glass and plastic, will reportedly sell only 50,000 units domestically.
Apple is not expected to adopt curved displays for its iPhone 6 either, as the only capable flexible suppliers ― Samsung Display and LG Display ― cannot even meet their own needs. LG Display is capable of handling 12,000 4.5-generation sheets per month, reportedly producing fewer panels than Samsung.
“It is difficult for Apple to adopt curved display next year, though 2015 is more plausible,” said John Seo, an analyst at Shinhan Investment.
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