Rumor: Samsung looking for 3D glass suppliers as main contractor struggles with low yield

Rumor: Samsung looking for 3D glass suppliers as main contractor struggles with low yield
Earlier rumors about Samsung having trouble with the production of the curved glass for the Galaxy S6 edge have been reaffirmed. According to the newest whispers, the supplier, tasked with building the arched panels, is struggling with a yield of less than 50%. This means that Sammy will definitely end up with less materials for its screens than it predicted – the company expected to have around 8 – 8.5 million curved glasses for the second quarter of 2015, while at this rate it seems it will only have about 6 million. So, word is, the Korea-based tech giant is looking for additional suppliers.

The molding process for the Galaxy S6 edge's curved screen is not a simple one – it requires specialized machinery, which twists the glass symmetrically, after heating it up to 800 degrees Celsius (1,472 Fahrenheit). Apparently, there are still a lot of kinks to iron out, as losing 50% of the production materials is a pretty terrible yield – probably one of the main reasons for the "edge" variants of Sammy's handsets to be less available and more expensive than the "plain" models.

The Galaxy S6 edge will be available for pre-order somewhere around April 1st and Sammy will be looking to build 4 million units by the end of that same month. If you don't manage to get your hands on one, the Galaxy S6 will be more widely available, as Samsung will be making around 9 million of them for the same time period.

So, will you be waiting?


source: TechNews via G for Games

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17 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

F'in hell, this probably means no avengers one. Was going to get my wife the Iron Man one and get Thor/Hulk one for myself if the renders shown were made into reality. Would have been so fackin awesome, cause I know my bros would have jumped in too.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

This doesn't mean anything related to that. As the color will not be done on the glass but under the glass. And anyway, the avenger ones are limited edition, so Samsung shouldn't have troubles making them.

4. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

They can always implement it to the simple GS6

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, that too

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They won't play special edition games with limited quantities of the original. When there is a shortage they will opt not to do anything special with it just to keep the regular supply chain going. Likely it will mean no limited/special editions at the cost of the main product. And no one wants a non-edge special edition, that wouldn't be worth it for them or us seeing as how we want something super unique and they want more margins.

2. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

No i won't

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

So thats why they ask for a premium price! So difficult process. Okay, I agree.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1625; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

lol i remember people saying. "oh man premium price for glass that is easily bendable"

8. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This site is turning into the TMZ of tech sites. Since when rumors need a full article? It will be fun reading the comments from Samsung haters who will skip the word "rumor".

9. NexusX

Posts: 612; Member since: May 16, 2013

such a difficult process for something with little benefit to user experience. samsung is running outta ideas

11. frankg

Posts: 172; Member since: May 14, 2014

As opposed to Apple.... For that matter HTC has done nothing noteworthy with the M9. Samsung is more innovative then most companies out there. The only thing is if they (the innovations) are usefull. Apple is also going for health with their iwatch, but Samsung started it.

15. NexusX

Posts: 612; Member since: May 16, 2013

it's all about implementation, nobody uses samsung health apps android had google wallet years ahead of apple pay, but nobody gave a shiit

16. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nobody? Lol And let's say that Nobody uses S Health and Google Wallet, does that give Apple the right to steal those Apps and rename them? For one, just once, stop thinking from your a$$ and start using the watermelon between your shouldets. iGnorant

17. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The health thing from Apple os a big copy from samsung but not many have said about this as this is the new big apple thing and it's a veryvery big copy from samsung

13. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Comment #8 you moron. This is a rumor ;)

14. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Comment #8 you moron. This is a rumor ;)

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The reason the S6 Edge costs more than the S6, has nothing to do with this issue. The price is because of the uniqueness of the device and the extra cost required to make it possible. Wasn't the Note 4 Edge more than the Note 4? Did you hear anything about production problems for the glass? It was more expensive, because it was a limited edition and because of the manufacturing process.

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