The rumors were accurate – Samsung is going to introduce the first smartphone with a plastic-based display as soon as next month.
Talking at the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 in South Korea, Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing D.J. Lee said the company is planning to release a device with a curved display in South Korea in October. While Samsung has teased devices equipped with plastic-based displays for years, this is the first time we get official confirmation on an actual product release.
Park Sang-jin, the president of Samsung SDI, the conglomerate’s battery making division, clarified that the device will be rigid and that it will have a unique design:
As plastic liquid crystal displays are strong enough to neither shatter even when dropped on the ground nor need frames, it is possible to produce devices with unique designs
The first generations of plastic-based, flexible displays will probably be similar to the the Youm devices that Samsung demoed at CES in January.
In addition to the possibility to use curved screens, flexible displays are considered unbreakable and are much lighter and thinner than conventional glass-based panels, leaving more space for other components such as batteries.
Rumors say that the first curved display smartphone will be a “limited edition” of the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung is reportedly hoping to sell one curved screen model for every ten Galaxy Note 3, translating to initial sales in the hundreds of thousands.