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Samsung to sell dual edge screens to other manufacturers?

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Samsung to sell dual edge screens to other manufacturers?
Samsung is reportedly in talks with other smartphone manufacturers who are interested in purchasing the dual edge displays used on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Huawei, Xiaomi and other companies would use the displays on their handsets, adding their proprietary designs and software to make the finished product their own, and not just a Galaxy S7 edge copy.

An image showing the side of the Vivo Xplay 5 appears to show that Vivo is using the display on its new handset. The BlackBerry Priv is also said to be sporting one of Samsung's edge screens.

If the talks between Samsung and the other manufacturers end with a handshake, we could see more models sporting a familiar dual edge screen in the near future.


source: Phandroid

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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:31 4

1. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


And yet Apple would never give away it's A9 SoC like that...

Come on Samsung, these displays make your phones unique...

And if you sell these displays to other manufacturers, then you'd be just another ordinary fish in the pond...

I believe that anyone and anything ought to have a distinctive signature...

Mine is...

G'Day!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:46 16

2. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Do you even realize how much revenue growth this will give to Samsung? Samsung has the monopoly in curved screens... they are the only Manufacturer of this tech..

A great company doesn't runs on sentiments...

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 08:29 1

26. manutd (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Yeah but I bought the s6 edge plus SPECIFICALLY because of the design. If HTC or Sony decide to start making curved phones, then I'd rather buy their handsets.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:00 1

27. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


So who is stopping you. Buying a handset should be matter of personal preference.

Your comment seems like you were forced to buy the S6 edge plus just because of that curved screen.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:46

29. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1556; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The BlackBerry Priv has dual curved edges. Guess you're not so unique anymore.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:04 5

4. phljcnth (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


If Samsung is ready to jump to foldable displays, then I guess this move won't hurt their own lineup and should help grow their profitability instead, all while being ahead in the race.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:41

10. TheOldOne (Posts: 184; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


do you know that all Ax were manufactured by ... wait for it... Samsung? LOL

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:54

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1932; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


All the AX SOCs are designed by Apple so nobody else can use them but Apple. TSMC manufactured the A9 chip alongside Samsung and has manufactured way more AX chips than Samsung ever have.

Do a little research before you post something that sounds completely stupid OK!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:31

16. shm224 (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


@Arch_Fiend : not really.. until 2012, Apple used Samsung designed, manufactured SOC.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:42

22. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1932; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


"Apple used Samsung designed, manufactured SOC" that doesn't seem worded correctly? Provide proof for your statement please.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:52 2

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1932; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The Apple A9 is different from a display, nobody else will ever make one but somebody else like LG will eventually make a edge screen so samsung might as well sell them before someone else does.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:59

15. medtxa (Posts: 1103; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I think it's patented.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:46

24. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1932; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


If it is it would be a patent for a curved amoled display. LG could still make a edge quantum lcd display because the quantum tech is LG's own panted display.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:04

30. Dubs816 (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


You will not see a curved LCD display in a mobile phone at any point.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:04

32. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7840; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


The patent would not cover the curve, but how it was done. All another OEM has to do is do it differently.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:32

17. shm224 (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


@arch_fiend : if AMOLED manufacturing is any indication, it's unlikely that LG is going to catch up with Samsung anytime soon.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:44

23. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1932; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You know you don't have to say @(name) when replying right? anyway amoled has nothing to do with this and LG's quantum LCD display's are pretty good. LG could make a edge quantum display.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 02:47 1

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 979; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


In order to make something popular, make sure someone copy it and spam.

Samsung should know that in order to advertise curve screen

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:20

5. Danini1112 (Posts: 47; Member since: 22 Jun 2013)


You will see, it's like the Galaxy Note era, everyone will use the curved screen. Even Apple in the future.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:25

6. BradyCrack (Posts: 435; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


What's the point of a curved screen?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:35 5

7. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Design, aesthetics. Modern smartphones are not and will never be about pure functionality.

If you dislike that, you are certainly entitled to. But it's mostly there for looks. In my book, there's nothing wrong with that.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:38 2

9. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I'm a little annoyed Samsung is willing to open up such a signature part of its aesthetic, but I guess they'd rather sell the panels to other manufacturers than have their competitors produce them on their own (or source then from someone else) and miss out the money that will bring in.

Still irritating though. And it feels like an unnecessary thing the copy, since it's only really an aesthetic flair anyway.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:22

31. teloji (Posts: 31; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


i accept you

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:41

11. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


it is a good thing so everyone can enjoy the technology , instead of being limited to a number of people who can afford it . Apple is unique but not everyone can afford Iphone 6s or s7 edge , at least you can get a copy of what's samsung doing .

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 03:49 1

12. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Eh. I have to disagree with you a bit. It's kind of like when Ford copied Aston Martin's grill. Sure, it made the Focus/Mondeo look more appealing... But it's part of AM's aesthetic signature. It's not like they couldn't have come up with something on their own. Same thing with Lincoln making the new Continental and imitating the Bentley Flying Spur.

In other words, it just feels lazy. Especially because this is a feature that doesn't really change the usability of the device.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:56

19. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I totally agree with you and it is lazy , companies shouldn't copy each other, but to some extent sometimes people want some parts of a mercedes and bmw and audi all together to make a dream car .
and if a company managed to copy the luxurious design of a mercedes with cheap materials , the people who can't afford having an expensive mercedes will at least experience it at affordable price , better than already cheap design .
there is guys who can't afford to eat , and those who can't afford to buy a phone and those who can afford buying a smartphone and those who can afford buying an iphone so making a phone with the iphone quality to everyone is a better move ,for example HTC is copying apple design .
for example big screens , samsung made the first note at the time apple was making tiny iphones, if apple after the first note made a bigger iphone 4 that would be copying even the iphone plus now , but it isn't copying it is just technology . I think the edge display is the same thing.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:23 1

25. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I do get what you're saying, and I'm principal there's absolutely nothing wrong with technology trickling down to cheaper handsets. I'm just saying in this case the edge display is not really a function. There is no functionality inherent to the display that could not be copied on a regular screen. It only really serves to make the device look unique and that's basically it.

Think about it this way, ideas originally debuted on the Mercedes S class or any other large luxury sedan have trickled down throughout the market, always have and likely always will. But there's a huge difference between implementing functional ideas Mercedes introduced and just copying their design language. You see what I'm saying?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:33

18. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Well, there's hoping that the upcoming Nexus might use a curved display...

Considering Huawei is rumoured to be interested in curved display technology!

Yes, I know... Enough with the Nexus... I just can't help myself!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:30

20. monoke (Posts: 271; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Edge screen to me is like curved tvs. Many may think they look cool but it doesn't have a practical purpose. Is the gimmicky slide out panel worth the tradeoff to dealing with side glares, screen looking narrower than it is, movies, games, any content looking cut off at the end? To me, no and I hope this design trend doesn't become a fad.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:38

34. TerryTerius (Posts: 1415; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Looking cool is the entire purpose. It doesn't really need a functional reason to exist. Purely aesthetic. The slide-out panel doesn't even really have anything to do with whether or not the screen is curved, you could do the same thing with a flat screen.

That aside, to be frank none of the things you mentioned are an actual issue in the real world. Content doesn't get cut off. At least that never happened to me when I had the Edge for most of last year. Neither does light reflect off of the curve. That being said, light from the display does some weird things to the edge's curves if you are looking at way off center. In any case, content doesn't look squeezed. It just pops at you.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:37

21. Chuck007 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Hey sooner or later the Chinese manufacturers are gonna copy the tech anyway. Might as well share the tech with everyone and be the "forefront" of the technology. Samsung knows they'd never make it big in China and selling the panels to Xiaomi and Huawei will do great for business.

Anyway... still being a Sony fanboy (and I know I am getting annoying lol) I hope they'd release a dual camera phone with AMOLED edge screens. If that happens I'd die a happy man. :)

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:11 1

28. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It may be a good thing if it starts to make Apple look cheap

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:05

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7840; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Apple already looks cheap.

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