How the Galaxy S6 was made: thermoforming, nanocoating, no iPhone #bendgate

How the Galaxy S6 was made: thermoforming, nanocoating, no iPhone #bendgate
Oh, the S6 tensile strength, it's better than the iPhone 6! Samsung is very proud of the manufacturing process it used to arrive at the metal-and-glass unibodies of the just-detailed Galaxy S6 and S6 edge flagships, dedicating a separate blog post to it.

While waxing poetic about the "nano-thin multi-coating process," the "glass production procedure [that] incorporates sophisticated steps to produce an elegant finish," and the "authentic material handling," Samsung slipped a slight jab at the iPhone 6 Plus #bendgate phenomenon that was sweeping the nation not long ago.

It turns out that the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge use a grade 6013 aluminum alloy, while most other smartphones, including the iPhone6/6 Plus, make do with a derivative of the inferior 6063 grade. While 6013 is not the highest end 7075, it is in-between, and is still used to make things that need to be light and durable, like plane fuselage, cars, yachts, mountain bikes, and so on. In fact, the 6013 aluminum is 1.5 times stronger and 1.2 times more scratch-resistant than the type of aluminum used in the new iPhones.

Furthermore, we are learning that the Galaxy S6 edge, and its curved flexible display with plastic substrate, are done with a unique Samsung technology called "3D Thermoforming," which places glass between two molds, heats it to 800 degrees Celsius, and then the cover glass gets pressed into the perfect symmetrical shape we see forming the sides of the Galaxy S6 edge. Take a look at the S6 and S6 edge frames below, and their manufacturing process.



source: Samsung

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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44 Comments

1. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Well this news is a blow to Sammy haters. Keep innovating Samsung. We still believe in you. S6 "Rocks"

3. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Why the hate? How else would you form glass? The alu thing isn't huge either .

5. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Somebody's mad!

17. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

It seems like you are the mad one to post same comment twice

6. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Somebody's mad!

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

what do you mean hate. his talking about haters and haters are going to hate

32. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

BUT, this time i think haters are gonna love and buy it.

10. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Its a bit far to all this innovation to be honest. Its the same way they make windscreens in cars.

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's beause the stupid fruit uses small parts in their internal phone and cheap material that's why they have the bendgate# only SAMSUNG CAN MAKE REAL PHONES with NO BENDGATE

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Exactly, this will probably remain the best product on the market until Q4 brings in Galaxy Note 5 and the Exynos 76xx/78xx series, along with the iPhone 6S and the Snapdragon 820.

19. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

SD 820 won't hit the market until early 2016, according to Qualcomm.

37. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Samsung will also provide Exynos for iphone, remember? Apple is a real OEM buyer ...

42. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

err... its A9.. it may have same tech with exynos, but it have different design (that apple made, and of course it wont be better than samsung's exynos) "part-time patty cooker will never beat the chef"

4. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Even when Samsung was using plastic, they were always known for their superb build quality.

11. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Yeah whatever! No iBend, no money from me!

15. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

lol had a good laugh

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and people btych complain bout plastic materials

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

plastic still best material for cover - its more durable - no bend - no dent - more signal gain - less heat - less slippery (on high quality plastic)

7. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Samsung has always been a winner, it's just ifans don't go for the tech, they go for the apple logo but what really gets to me. Any ifan I meet seriously believe there icr@p is so much better than the Galaxy device I have at the time. Samsung can make anything they want and ifans don't care coz samsung devices don't have the apple logo lmao. I've gave up trying to make them understand there missing out. I'm enjoy tomorrow tech today while they have yesterday's tech today loool. The S6 Edge is for me in platinum gold, it's beautiful!!!

9. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Well put! I'm gonna borrow that quote about yesterday's tech.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

And the Apple stickers

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Build quality also lends itself to design engineering. The plastic shells were always ergonomic and comfortable in the hand to hold, later iterations added soft touch plastic, which made the phone have a good grip in the palm and finger tips. Their build material was not cheap, but it was functional.

12. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Well done samsung, I'll be getting the edge version.

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

same. take my money samsung.

13. twens

Posts: 1165; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Edge in gold for me. The phone is sexy,guess another feature of the s6? It changes color at certain angles. How cool is that? Lol Bye bye Apple, you suck.

18. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Why would PA even mention the iPhone and bendgate in the title? This is one of the things that I don't like about this site. Every article has an iPhone reference when they shouldn't. The article is supposed to explain how the S6 Edge was made, and here they are throwing in that it doesn't bend like the iPhone.

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

mate look at the comments section in almost every article. theres fanwars everywhere. go to a samsung article and you will see apple fans talking s**t for no reason. this is pretty much an apple jab which is pretty rare as well. i hardly see samsung trolls, i mainly see samsung counter trolling.

21. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

and because samsung did state that the phone does not bend in the conference.

26. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I definitely get what you're saying and I'm very impartial when it comes to technology. I own devices from Samsung, Apple and everywhere in between. Hell, I'm typing this on my Nexus 6 with my Note 4 right beside me. I was a Journalism major in college, so I'm all about objectivity and not taking jabs where they aren't warranted, you know?

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I have note edge, tab s 8.4 and Apple iPad air 2 and Ms sfpro3 and I tell you now that s6 edge 64gb is the only upgrade going and I was thing I was not going to upgrade from my edge, it's just so clapping cool looking and fast, make my iPad air look slow, crap Apple iOS sucks bad now

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