Samsung Galaxy S6 to have a 'dual-edged' flexible display panel, tips screen analyst

Samsung Galaxy S6 to have a 'dual-edged' flexible display panel, tips screen analyst
We recently learned that Samsung might be starting from scratch with the Galaxy S6 design, throwing away everything that its flagships looked like so far. Dubbed Project Zero, this would undoubtedly be the biggest overhaul of the Galaxy line ever since the first one hit the market a few years back. What we didn't know, however, is that the design overhaul might be very, very radical.

So edgy, in fact (pun intended), that an analyst tipped how Samsung could utilize its YOUM brand of flexible displays for the S6, and have it curved to the sides, just like the sloping panel of the Note Edge, but on both right and left this time. 

Jerry Kang, a senior analyst at IHD Technology, has mentioned at the IHS Display Analyst conference on Thursday, that “the Galaxy S6 to be released next year will feature a ‘dual-edged’ screen which is curved on the right and left sides.” In fact, the source mentions that this has been the initial Note Edge concept all along, but Samsung decided to slope the screen to the right only, after all.

An early look at the Galaxy S6 Project Zero undertaking pegs it as having a Quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16 MP or 20 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, and an upgraded 5 MP front-facing shooter. In fact, the flexible display rumor about the Galaxy S6 has been bandied about before, and it also included the Note 5 in the whisper, so next year might be when Samsung's bendy screens really take off in production volumes. 

Actually, we were already tipped that Samsung will start mass production of a 5.9" Ultra HD Super AMOLED panel in time for the Note 5 next year, though it wasn't clear if it will have a plastic or glass substrate, i.e. whether it will be a flexible display or not. 

Now it looks more certain that it will be of the bendy type, and when we couple those side-sloping display rumors about the Galaxy S6 and the Note 5, with the other one that they will feature metal elements like the new A-series of Samsung, and we suddenly can't wait to see how radically is Samsung going to change the looks and feel of its two major handset lines.

source: KoreaHerald via G4Games

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46 Comments

1. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I am used to disappointment already. Keep those hypes coming ....

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

ur triping, the note 4 is a Damn fine Phone. wayyyyyy more of a kept promise than the iToy 6 could ever dream to be. it was a complete letdown. atleast Sammy gives the people most of what they want, and/or the ability to obtain it

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1923; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I think you are missing the point of amiaq's post. Rumors fly all around the internet about specs/features of the next flagship device. These rumors fly all around the internet, and then get dry-humped by users on message boards all over the place. Then, the actual device ends up looking nothing like the rumor, and everyone is let down. So, I don't think the OP is saying the curved phone is going to be a crappy device, it just might not have any the curved screen mentioned in the article.

2. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The Edge technology already commands a $300 price premium over the already premium priced Note 4. And yet here we have an analyst who expects Samsung to ready a dual Edge'd GS6 within 5 months, with top specs and without any price hike from the usual ~$700. Let's not even talk about the difficulty of marketing a curved edged phone to a general audience who want conservatism. Buy your Samsung shares now guys, 100% truth here.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

A $300 premium? Exaggerate much? The difference is $115 on AT&T & $120 on T-Mobile & Sprint when talking about full retail pricing. I'm sure the difference is similar on Verizon. Check your facts before spewing such nonsense.

19. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

did you consider, that note 4 is being produced in millions when note 4 edge is basically a commercial psrototype?

3. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

no no..

4. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Samsung is doing it completely opposite. First S series had the all big guns and note followed it. Now Samsung note has the Guns followed by the galaxy series. They have forgot that not the note but galaxy made the Samsung Top predator. If they don't have high end hardware they can launch when have as like Apple Ipad which has changed the release date.(just like if they didn't have 805 they could have waited instead they used 801). Also spending on optimizing Touchwiz and better battery management will help then more than the stupid celebrity taking selfish i mean selfie.

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

"true that!" to the batery life angle of ur comment!!

16. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I don't why you guys keep talking about Touchwiz. All you have to do is to install the Google launcher or else -Apple launcher if you care for it. I got it and I am thrilled. It is much faster.

17. aryanfr1

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

The fact is that launcher is not the wizard that will solve optimization issue but a team of software engineers will. Yes you can be okay with launcher and get bored and try a new one, that's other thing but making Touchwiz with Samsung official rom more optimized is my kind of thing with state of art battery management system. I think apple has nailed sammy this time

37. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

When people say the Hardware makes the product, I just nod my head in disappointment. Lets look at the best selling brand yet - Apple. Sure most of you on this site will all agree to "sheeple makes Apple rich because they're loyal". Have you ever asked why they're loyal? because the software works! Mind you when I say software, I dont mean features the software offers, I'm saying how good is the software for the features it does offer. Even samsung's Note 4 has some moments when it momentarily lags then it becomes smooth again. The new iphones rarely do this no matter how fast you do most tasks. The camera software on the iPhones are also great. I've used a lot of phones with great front cameras but none of them really hold up to the front camera of the iphone in video calling and recording (not pictures). Same with the back camera. the camera although not the best has amazing software to make it compete with the best. Other things like RAM management, battery optimization, apps with really good optimization for the hardware. I'm sure some of you might deny what I just wrote but I believe any android manufacturer that focuses on software optimisation, consistency and updates for a change will see growth. Motorola already started ;)

38. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

One other thing, if for once Samsung makes it a focus in their campaign for the new Galaxy that the software is now incredibly optimized and will receive new updates in time for about 2 years (Samsung has a track record of not giving old devices new features from the new devices. Apple doesn't do that currently) and also not make the phone humongous, I bet you they'll sell more than they do now. I know I'd buy it plus convince others to do the same if they do that.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They better think of a better gimmick than this if they want apple loyalists to switch to them

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

not a gimick as the edge screen is FUNCTIONAL!!!!! jeze get the wax out already....

12. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Uh huh

20. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't see an average smartphone consumer using the edge of the display on a daily basis. Same with s-pen on the note series. Yes these features are functional but I would see very few people using it's intended purpose. They need to do something more than that if they want more sales

43. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

well i know theres a market, kuz im it. am i average? probably not, but im sure theres enough people out there that want a side display to read them txt, ticker info, news headlines, other creative uses, ect, that can and will build a market

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I hope they keep this gimmick optional like they did it with Note edge.

10. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hey u know u can TOUCH the screen on the side too right!?!?! it actually WORKS!! so whats a gimmick again??? is a camera combined with a phone a gimmick too???

18. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well it will still be a gimmick until they lower the price to decent levels... right now the extra price is too much for the "usability" of the curved edge. The Note 4 is just as good without the edge display. Most of its features can be replaced with existing ones. Example: the edge can be used as a notification display without turning the whole screen on..... Well NoLED app can do just that, or a case with a lid and a window...

44. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hmmm this is kinda true, if they write apps for the window screen case cover. i dont think that this insight turns it into a gimmick tho. its more of a "better mouse trap" to me. heck id like both the window AND the edge screen tbh

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What's so gimmick bout a bendable screen? Their using their OLED technology on their mobile devices.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its really gonna be hard holding this 2 edge sided phone, by mispressing the apps,etc.sammy is killing the galaxy line.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1923; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wonder about this, too. I'm curious to see what happens in the case market for the Note Edge. You only have so much "meat" on the side of the phone to attach a case, before you start comprimising the ability to use the side screen. Also, I wonder if Sammy will be able to have enough screens to supply the demand?

22. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

And don't forget the droptests, that thing is a broken screen disaster waiting to happen.

32. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

So glad people that think like you aren't designing phones. Remember how many people thought the first Note was atrocious, crazy, stupid, useless, etc.? I love the design of the edge and would totally use it. Even if it was minimal, I just like looking at it! Two edges are better than one. I am confident there are going to be workarounds to prevent lots of accidental touches. I also expect them to allow the user to lock one or both sides to alleviate accidental touches.

21. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

We Got this Rumour last year for the Galaxy S5,but got nothing like that at All,Like to see What sort of Cases could be made for this Type of Screen,Holding this might Very Difficult as Well

23. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1831; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

If one curved side commands a 800+ price tag I want to see how much two curved sides will command...

24. watchdog

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 07, 2014

So disappointed it will not have the iphone's bending features.

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