Galaxy Fold's production can't catch a break, as Japan bans its display cover export
Involved in a dispute about World War II dramas, the two nations have been at odds over a Kroean Supreme Court reparations ruling for a while, and the culmination in hostilities now comes in a surprising form for Samsung. Not only could it affect various semiconductor production and cleaning materials, but also the Galaxy Fold, it turns out.
screen protector and tried to peel it off? It is supplied by the Japanese from Sumitomo, and Korean media is reporting today that the fluorine polyimide used to make it has found its way on the export ban list. The materials that Japan supplies are not easy to replace, either, as, for example, it holds 70% of the fluorine polyimide production, and in some other areas that share grows to 90%.That transparent polyimide cover that the users of the preview units Samsung sent out thought was a
Bummer, as Samsung apparently plans to produce one million Galaxy Fold units in total, and production may be affected, if not for the initial batches, then for the next units. The move comes just when Samsung reportedly changed the Fold's display formula to avoid the issues that the preview units faced in daily usage.
There is a Korean company that does transparent polyimide covers, but it's not clear (pun not intended) whether its production will also be affected by the Japanese material ban. Kolon, however, supplied the flexible cover for the first foldable device announced, Royole's FlexPai, and may be equipping Motorola's upcoming flexible RAZR, so the Japanese ban could make it rise from the ashes of Samsung's neglect when the Galaxy Fold re-release is in full swing.