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Samsung looking to ramp up production of its flexible displays

Samsung Flexible Display

A new report from China, Samsung Display is looking to substantially increase production of its flexible display panels for use in future smartphones. Last year we saw the Galaxy Round which was the world’s first smartphone with a curved AMOLED display, but sadly its launch was limited to just South Korea.

By increasing production volume of its flexible displays, Samsung will finally be able to bring a smartphone touting this display to global markets. The company is expected to invest close to $1.9 billion in this new manufacturing plant which is expected to begin production of these curved display panels by the end of 2014.

This hints that devices with Samsung’s curved or flexible display might not make its way to the market until at least 2015. We can expect the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy Note 5 next year to feature the said display, so don’t hold your breath for the launch of a Galaxy Round like device anytime soon.

Given that LG has already ramped up production of its curved displays, Samsung wouldn’t want to be left behind, so it will be interesting to see what it comes up with in 2015. Patent filings have revealed that there could be devices with wraparound displays, so the future certainly looks promising.

Source: LED Wealth Network

Via: Talk Android

Samsung Galaxy S5 Candidate (SM-G900S) Surfaces Online with 2K Display and Android 4.4

Ladies and gentlemen, the day has come. The day all unsubstantiated Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors, questionable declassified reports and fishy anonymous tips start gaining credence. The day we stop dreaming with our eyes open for utopian features and begin asking the age-old question: are we looking at a full-on, major upgrade or a minor, incremental little boost?

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Right off the bat, I’d like to make something very clear. The Samsung SM-G900S, which someone on the inside took for a quick benchmarking spin through GFX Bench, may not be the Galaxy S5. There’s no apparent connection between its model number and strings designated to hide the real, market names of the S3 and S4.

Instead, SM-G900S is oddly similar to SM-G910, the codename of Samsung’s first curved display handheld, the Galaxy Round. So why couldn’t this be a sequel of the Round? Simple, because it’s far too soon for Samsung to have that kind of follow-up so close to a commercial launch.

It’s not too soon however to put the finishing touches on the GS5, especially if rumors of a January formal intro are to be trusted. And they sure make sense, since it’s no grand secret the Galaxy S4 is no longer winning the big points at the box-office.

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But let’s assume the SM-G900S is indeed one and the same with the S5. What sort of specs does GFX Bench’s database suggests the phone will rock? First off, there’s pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat, a detail that definitely supports the theory we’re dealing with a genuinely top-shelf device.

Then you got a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, coupled with Adreno 330 graphics, which sounds like the high-end standard these days and thus not mind-blowingly exciting for a beast of the future. Or does it?

Well, the S800 inside the SM-G900S is no regular S800, being clocked at 2.4 GHz and therefore either an 8974AB unit or 8974AC. Sure, Snapdragon 805 would have been even better, but testing of that particular SoC is only slated for a February or March 2014 start.

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And now, the kicker. The Samsung SM-G900S boasts a display resolution of, drum rolls please, 2,560 x 1,440. Mind-blowing? You can say that again, albeit technically the S5 has minuscule odds of being the world’s first phone with 2K, 2K HD, QHD, Quad HD resolution, or however you prefer calling it. Chinese no-name OEM Vivo is close to snatching the honor, but hey, in the grand scheme of things, the Xplay 3S is to be a mere blip on Sammy’s radar.

Anything else the benchmarking test reveals on this very likely Galaxy S5 suspect? Not really, though many other pieces of the puzzle have been uncovered by various sources of late, so an all-metal body, panel measuring 5 or 5.2 inches (with resulting 587 or 565 ppi), 16 MP rear-facing camera and 4 GB RAM are in the cards.

The mythical 64-bit Exynos 6 CPU is in contention as well, probably as an “international” alternative for the upgraded Snapdragon 800, to be used exclusively in North America. So what say you, dear readers, full-on, major upgrade over the GS4 or minor, incremental little boost?

Via [GFX Bench]

LG G Flex self-healing properties shown off in video

LG G Flex self-healing rear case

The LG G Flex self-healing properties got many of consumers curious when it was announced. Today, the South Korean manufacturer showed off the incredible capability in a video which it uploaded on YouTube.

LG G Flex self-healing rear case
LG G Flex self-healing rear case

The video shows the rear case of the LG G Flex being scratched by a machine. The G Flex is displayed alongside another smartphone whose back plate is subjected to the same scraping. A timer appears onscreen, running for two minutes for the first run, and three, for the second. After said amounts of time, the scratched surface of the LG G Flex’s rear case is shown to be unscathed while the other smartphone remains scratched.

LG does not go into details about the technology involved in the self-healing case. It makes a disclaimer, however, that the self-healing case is only able to fix the kind of wear and tear that occurs to a smartphone on a daily basis. More serious scratches, at least at the moment, cannot be repaired by the self-healing technology.

Given the amount of astonishment that the self-healing rear case of the LG G Flex generates, it would not be surprising if other smartphone manufacturers follow suit and release devices with a similar feature. It is still unknown, however, whether Samsung or Apple are already working on devices which have self-healing cases, as well.

Apart from the self-healing rear case, the LG G Flex recently made headlines for having a curved OLED display that sets it apart from many smartphones that are currently in the market. The device, which was unveiled just a couple of weeks ago, possesses the following key specifications: a 6-inch 720p screen, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 3,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP main camera. It also features buttons on its rear case, making it similar to the LG G2 in such respect.

We will bring you more details about the LG G Flex self-healing feature as soon as they become available.

via androidauthority

Samsung Galaxy Round Lands In US (And Australia) After All, Costs North of $1,000

With all the recent hoopla (recent as in the past couple of years) surrounding so-called flexible smartphones, one couldn’t help but feel cheated when Samsung’s Galaxy Round became official at last.

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For one thing, the “curve” looked like a gimmick and nothing more. Granted, it does help a little with ergonomics and whatnot, but all in all it’s pretty useless. Besides, several reports pegged the Round as an “experimental” device meant to land only in South Korea in limited quantities, so what good does it do us folks living on the other side of the pond?

Well, as it turns out, stocks may not be so cramped after all. No, we’re still not holding our breaths for wide commercial launches on the Western hemisphere, but if you’re lucky you might just find a dozen or two units via a handful of fairly reliable online retailers.

Like Negri Electronics in the US. The seller that specializes in scoring rare gems like this one (don’t ask how) has kicked Galaxy Round pre-orders into gear a week or so ago and, theoretically, the phone should’ve started shipping this week.

Samsung Galaxy Round Negri

No idea if that indeed happened, but if it did the handhelds Negri initially had lying around sold like hotcakes. Thus, for now, the bendy mo-fo is listed as “backordered”, which is not necessarily bad news.

Chances are an extra batch of Galaxy Rounds will be up for grabs sooner or later and all you have to do is keep a close watch on Negri Electronics. That and break your piggy banks open, as the unlocked Round in black costs a whopping $1,129.50.

Clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, aside from the gimmicky curvaceous display, the 5.7-incher touts Full HD resolution, a 7.9 mm thin profile, quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, microSD support, 13 MP rear-facing camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Talk about dreamy specs.

Galaxy Round Mobicity

Meanwhile, though no other retailer stateside has been in a position to guarantee Samsung Galaxy Round availability, over in Australia there’s MobiCity which has applied Negri’s M.O. almost to the letter.

Namely, the Aussies have opened pre-orders a while back and now have the curvy beast listed as “out of stock, backorder or contact us for ETA”. That’s the textbook definition of vague, yet you can still add the phone to cart and basically order it for shipping at some point in the future.

Unfortunately, the price tag down under is even more prohibitive for the regular Joe: $1,199.95, or $1,319.95, including all taxes. Oil barons across the world, unite!

Via [Negri Electronics] and [Mobicity Australia]

Samsung shows off concepts of flexible display smartphones

Flexible Display

Flexible Display

Samsung has been teasing users with flexible display designs for quite some time now. But the company officially marked its arrival in the industry with the Galaxy Round smartphone which was an experimental device seeing a limited Korean release. The company has now teased us with few more concepts of flexible display smartphones, showing us where the future of this technology could take us. The fact that Samsung is contemplating doing this tells us a lot about what’s happening behind the scenes. However, this is only a concept and far away from reality, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

We have seen plenty such concepts being shown off by several manufacturers, but only a few come to fruition. But considering that Samsung is already in the scene with is flexible OLED displays, we might see the technology being developed substantially in the days to come. We were a little surprised with Samsung’s decision to not rollout the Galaxy Round on a global scale, especially with manufacturing of the flexible display panels picking up pace.

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Source: OLED.at (Translated)

Via: Sam Mobile

LG G Flex leaks in a series of pictures

LG G Flex 1

LG G Flex 1

The Samsung Galaxy Round impressed us all with its design, although it turned out to be an experimental project. Since then, talks of LG’s upcoming curved display smartphone known as the G Flex has increased in frequency. The smartphone is set to break cover next month and we’ve already had plenty of leaks showing off the design of the smartphone. The smartphone has posed for the camera yet again in a hands-on demo video along with a couple of pictures, revealing  a top to bottom curve unlike the Galaxy Round which was curved around the sides. Two varying concepts from Samsung and LG could mean different functionality altogether, and so far we’ve been fairly impressed with both. However, the smartphone will apparently see a limited release within South Korea much like the Galaxy Round.

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The smartphone has the same back placed buttons as we saw on the LG G2, but in a slightly different avatar. Inside, the G Flex packs a 6 inch 1080p flexible OLED panel, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.3. You can find the hands on video of the smartphone from the source link below.

LG G Flex

Source: Telefe Noticias (Translated)

Via: The Verge

Samsung Galaxy S5 (Early) Rumor Roundup: What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The ink is barely dry on Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s reviews, the phablet hasn’t even reached all four major US carriers yet (there’s still we know who keeping us hanging), the world’s first curved display smartphone has only broken cover earlier this week, yet, believe it or not, the Galaxy S5 rumor mill is already grinding at full throttle.

Samsung Galaxy S5

No, you haven’t slept all through the fall, winter of 2013 and spring of 2014. It’s just Samsung is allegedly thinking of tweaking its production cycle so as “the next big thing” to be official as soon as January 2014 and go up for grabs a month later.

But that’s not right, is it? And it can’t be true. It just cannot. Only it can, as long as we buy the speculation about Galaxy S4 sales bombing of late and the GNote 3 being in even lower demand.

And think about it. The S4 hit 20 million units sold two months after its launch, then it wasn’t able to cross the next milestone, 30 mil, in another three full months. If that’s not reason for concern, I don’t know what is.

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Meanwhile, have you seen one retailer, one store, one lousy salesperson claiming to be out of GNote 3 stock? Exactly. With all that in mind, let’s see what we know and what are our hopes for the Galaxy S5.

Design, build materials and quality

You won’t usually hear me complaining about a piece of high-end mobile technology landing earlier than expected (I’d actually commend that under normal circumstances), but in this particular case the messing up of Samsung’s traditional production cycle can only be interpreted as a bad omen.

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It’s no longer just gossip or the word of an anonymous “insider” against those of the company’s officials. The Galaxy S5 will bring a major overhaul of the Galaxy S design language. If the designers can pull the whole thing off in time.

And that’s exactly the problem. If the GS5 were to come one year after its predecessor, so around March or April 2014, it would definitely either rock an all-aluminum exterior or sport a curved screen right off the bat. Or maybe both.

But if everything has to be worked out by January, chances are the design overhaul will be put off… again, and we’ll be stuck with a boring, plastic-clad “flagship” phone for another year or so. Or at least by the time the Note 4 goes official.

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On the bright side, there’s more than an outside shot the S5 will be “Active”, meaning water and dustproof, right out the box even if its ETA is January. Plus, if it won’t rock any kind of curves or flexible parts in its standard variant, it will definitely do so in a super-premium flavor dubbed “F” a few months later.

Hardware features – display, CPU, RAM, cameras

Another worrisome aspect about GS5’s potential January intro is it could end up being next year’s Sony Xperia Z. I’m pretty sure you all remember how the Z debuted as the first true flagship device of 2013, undercutting both HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4, but having to make do with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, compared with the S600 that was eventually found inside its two fiercest rivals.

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There’s absolutely no way Qualcomm will have Snapdragon 800’s follow-up(s) all ready for February 2014 shipments, so the S5 is likely to pack the SoC that’s now the cream of the crop, but which could look fairly outdated come next spring.

True, there’s also the Exynos 5 Octa option, more so as the processor will finally be able to make use of all its eight cores at once, courtesy of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing. Yet let’s be honest (and blunt): Samsung is incapable of producing enough of these CPUs to handle the global demand of a top-of-the-liner.

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As far as other features go, the screen is expected to measure the same 5 inches as the GS4 (5.3 tops) while possibly maybe upping the resolution ante and further narrowing the bezels, the RAM could go up to a record-breaking 4 GB and the rear-facing camera is tipped to bump up the sensor to 16 MP and add optical image stabilization and a number of other goodies in the mix.

Software

I’ll be honest with you, I have very little to go on in regards to GS5’s possible on-board software. It definitely won’t be Tizen and it won’t dual boot Android and Windows either. Also, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell it’s quite possible there will be pre-loaded 4.4 KitKat here.

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But as far as TouchWiz goes, the overall look of the UI’s next version, particular customizations, tweaks, special features and so on and so forth, I’m afraid we’ll have to wait and see. At least a little bit longer.

Release date, pricing and availability

We’ve already talked a great deal about ETAs, unveiling and release timelines, so let’s focus on the dough a little. “Slim” is the word of the day as far as actual pricing rumors and reports go, though it’s not that hard to make an educated guess. Or two.

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It all depends on whether or not Samsung ultimately decides to push the envelope in any way. Will there be a curved display? All-aluminum exterior? Fingerprint scanner? OIS camera? Then expect a starting price tag north of $800. Maybe even 900 or 1,000 bucks.

If on the other hand the S5 turns out to be just a rehash of the S4 or some kind of S4-Note 3 combo (think Galaxy J), you’ll probably be asked to cough up roughly $700 for an outright model. Now, which one would you prefer? And I’d like you to give it some serious thought.

LG announces world’s largest flexible mobile OLED panel

Flexible Display

Flexible Display

LG has just unveiled the largest OLED panel meant for smartphones, which also happens to be flexible. This 6 inch panel was unveiled shortly before Samsung unveiled its new 5.7 inch flexible OLED panel, but despite that, LG holds the record for producing the largest flexible mobile OLED panel. This could well make its way to the flexible display smartphone which LG is rumored to be launching next month. The highlight of this display panel is that it is made out of a plastic substrate rather than glass, which means the weight is substantially lesser compared to standard OLED panels.

The panel is only 7.2 grams in weight and 0.44 mm in thickness. According to LG, this panel will be concave in shape providing designers enough freedom to be creative. LG has been relatively silent about other details of the display like resolution, pixel density etc but we’re hopeful it will be cleared up for us in due time.

This news comes shortly after rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Round surfaced earlier today, which could feature the 5.7 inch flexible OLED panel that was announced by Samsung earlier in the day. This panel is even lighter and thinner than the LG panel as it is smaller in size.

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung’s flexible display smartphone launching this week as the Galaxy Round

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Flexible Display

Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung’s flexible display smartphone has been in the works for quite some time now. The company has been competing with LG to bring the world’s first flexible display smartphone to the market. And with LG postponing the launch of its smartphone until November, Samsung is the clear front runner. It has now come to light that Samsung’s smartphone will launch later this week (as rumored), under the name Galaxy Round.

Other hardware features of the smartphone will apparently resemble the Galaxy Note 3, including the processor and display resolution, so we know what to expect. As the smartphone will be manufactured in limited quantities for the time being, we don’t expect Samsung to launch it simultaneously in global markets. It is being said that the handset will break cover in Korea first, to test the waters somewhat. This also means that the pricing won’t be reasonable either. Although flexible displays are going to be cheaper to produce in comparison to regular glass made displays, the pricing could be beyond the common man in its early stages.

Source: Asiae.co.kr

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung’s Flexible Phone Might not be Galaxy Note 3

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Despite previous reports, the upcoming flexible phone from Samsung may not be a variant of the Galaxy Note 3 after all. According to Money Today, a Korean outlet, the flexible device we’ll soon be able to get our hands on will in fact be more similar to the Youm prototypes Samsung showcased earlier this year.

This would mean that the handset wouldn’t have S Pen capabilities and perhaps not any of the specifications in the current Galaxy Note 3.

The most likely candidate for Samsung’s flexible phone could be a prototype that we saw earlier this year at CES- it was a handset that had a slight curved screen so that part of the display could be seen from across the room when face up.

The design purpose of this is so that owners can see notifications on the small strip of screen that stretches out to the side instead of having to walk up to the phone and stoop over it to see notifications.

In terms of inner hardware, Ameblo, a blog from Japan reportedly discovered a GFXBench benchmark entry that could belong to the Samsung flexible display device.

According to their report, the hardware include a Snapdragon 800, a full HD display and Android 4.3.

There is no real proof to either of these reports, so we’ll have to wait a little while longer to find out just what Samsung has planned for their flexible display smartphone, and whether it will manage to beat the other flexible smartphones on the verge of being announced.

Source: AndroidAuthority via Money Today

LG’s flexible display smartphone delayed until November

LG Flexible Display

LG Flexible Display

Earlier yesterday, we heard of the LG Z smartphone which was touted as the company’s first flexible display smartphone. And now we’re hearing a slightly different name for the smartphone, known as the LG G Flex. We’re not really certain if this is the final working name for the smartphone, but it appears to be the real deal. There’s also a sketch of the smartphone which shows the concave shape that was discussed yesterday. This report from Cnet further mentions that the launch has now been postponed to November while the smartphone was originally slated to launch this month.

The smartphone will apparently feature a 6 inch display panel and not the 4.5 inch panel that LG was allegedly working on initially. The name G Flex makes a lot of sense too as the ‘G’ moniker is currently used in LG’s flagship devices. As you can see from the sketch above, the smartphone will not be curved entirely, but just enough to look appealing. The design tells us that it would fit firmly in the users hands and make phone conversations a much pleasurable experience as well. All eyes are now set on Samsung’s flexible display smartphone which is set to be unveiled next week.

Source: Cnet

Via: Unwired View

Bendy LG ‘Z’ Smartphone Possibly Spotted at GFX Bench Under F340 Moniker

The age of the flexible smartphones is upon us, ladies and gents, and there’s officially no way to stop it anymore. Not that anyone would ever want to do that, given the kind of benefits a curvable, bendable handheld could bring to the table.

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But who will be bestowed the honor of kicking the elastic festivities into gear? Will it be the mighty leader of the Android market, Samsung, with its limited edition Galaxy Note 3 Active, or traditional local foe LG, with a bad boy supposedly codenamed “Z”?

Hard to say just yet, though believe it or not, LG is in a good position to undercut Sammy… for once. A mystery device of the Optimus makers’ creation has recently been benchmarked through GFX Bench and while its model number looks too cryptic even for Sherlock Holmes at a first glance, a little digging makes me fairly confident this is indeed the Z.

For one thing, the letter Z is oddly prominent in LG F340’s system logs, making appearances in the Android OS build fingerprint, product, display and device lines, last of which reads simply “zee”.

Furthermore, albeit I wouldn’t really call this proof, there are only so many things the F340 could be based on its model number. Considering the recently unveiled Vu 3 is also known as F300 and the G2 top dog has an F320 alias, the logical assumption is the F340 is a more advanced high-ender in certain ways.

LG Z benchmark

So a G3, G2 Pro, Vu 4, Vu 3 Pro or the pioneer of a fresh breed of upper class LG gadgets. And there’s no way in hell work is so advanced on a G2 or Vu 3 follow-up already that someone thought it right to take it for a quick benchmarking spin.

All that being (apparently) clear, let’s see what GFX Bench reveals about the potential specs of this potential first flexible smartphone. You want the bad news first? Fine. The bendy AMOLED panel will likely not go all in on resolution and instead clock in at a modest 1,280 x 720 pixels.

Let’s not sugarcoat it, that sounds like a dumb strategic move for LG, who’s risking once again to be left in the dust by Samsung. On the bright side, this particular flavor of the Z (intended for Korea’s LG U+ carrier, by the by) runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and packs quad-core power courtesy of a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. Still, 720p? It’s as if LG is not even trying anymore…

Via [GFX Bench]

LG’s flexible display phone will be known as the LG Z

LG Flexible Display

LG Flexible Display

We spoke of LG’s plans to launch a flexible display smartphone a couple of days ago, and now we’re getting more information on this smartphone. The company’s first curved display smartphone will allegedly be known as the LG Z, with launch expected to commence later this month as previously rumored. This smartphone will reportedly come with a concave curved display meaning it will be slightly different from the Samsung offering, which is rumored to feature a curved edge design.

The leak also sheds light on Samsung’s rival offering which will apparently launch as early as next week as a new variant of the already available Galaxy Note 3 phablet. The CEO of Samsung Electronics gave out this information in an investor’s meet while discussing the Q3 2013 financial results. This smartphone could be known as the Galaxy Note 3 Active according to past rumors. While this is certainly good news for fans of the technology, Samsung and LG aren’t able to mass produce these display panels at the moment, so don’t be surprised if these handsets are sold in limited quantities and with a premium price tag.

Source: ZDNet, DDaily

Via: Unwired View

 

Samsung could unveil flexible display smartphone in October

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Flexible Display

Samsung Flexible Display

With so much talk about Samsung‘s flexible displays earlier this year, it has now come to light that the first smartphone with the said display might go public as soon as next month in South Korea. The information comes directly from Samsung as the head of strategic marketing for its mobile division, Mr. D.J. Lee has mentioned that the company will launch a complete and finished unit of the smartphone in October.

We’re hoping this is legitimate information as we have waited too long to see this concept come to fruition. But at this point it’s not clear if this smartphone will ever make its way outside Samsung’s home territory of South Korea. As of now, it’s impossible to tell if this smartphone will come with Android or Samsung’s home grown Tizen OS.

Samsung’s  industry rival LG is also prepping its own flexible display smartphone which was rumored to hit markets before Samsung’s flexible display handset, but that seems unlikely now. For the time being we can expect to see minimal implementation of curved displays, but the possibilities are endless going into the future.

Source: Reuters

Via: Slash Gear