How did Samsung manage to bend the cover glass of its foldable phone? A ton of Japanese suppliers

How did Samsung manage to bend the cover glass of its foldable phone? A ton of Japanese suppliers
What's the most interesting question about Samsung's upcoming foldable F-series? Is it the price of the first phone in the line? The specs? Nah, it's how did Samsung manage to bend the cover glass without breaking it. like what you see in the LetsGoDigital concept image of the phone above!

The first of its kind supply chain analysis of the foldable device has appeared in Korean media, and it gives us the scoop. Samsung has collaborated with the Japenese from Sumitomo Chemical for producing a "luxurious" to the touch transparent polyimide that can be bent numerous times without any visible differences. 

It will be attached to the flexible OLED panel underneath with an extremely durable and flexible adhesive that Samsung has been developing for years, and which will allow the package to bend at the middle by stretching a bit but not coming unglued. Called optical transparent adhesive film (OCA), this special type of elasticized adhesive can be bent thousands of times and retain its original size and form. 

Another Japanese supplier, Nichido Denko, is said to produce the polarizer film for the bendy display, while the organic diodes themselves are of the type used in the current Galaxy S9 or Note 9 models. 

That sounds like a lot of Japanese technology going into the Infinity Flex display, but at least the stretchy hinge will be sourced locally, from KH Vatec, and we can't wait to fold and unfurl the phone just for kicks.


FEATURED VIDEO

14 Comments

1. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

Samsung made Voodoo magic.

2. Consumer2

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

3. notfair

Posts: 659; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

No it doesn't seem much at all, you know what seems much? the amount of samsung components used in apple product, specifically in an iphone.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1785; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You know what seems much? The amount of ideas and innovation that Samsung just buys or copies from others; Phablet idea AKA Note series -taken from Dell Streak Note screen tech-Wacom Samsung Pay-LoopPay Milk Music-Slacker Radio Infinity display-Toppan FPD Speakers-Harman Kardon Chips-SEMATECH and too numerous to list merchant shops. OS-Google Android Oh and now Samsung will farm out even more component manufacturing; https://www.sammobile.com/2018/11/14/samsung-buy-more-parts-china-galaxy-s10/ Seems Samsung also makes Frankenstein phones.

9. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean like they all do, even ypur beloved Apple

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2098; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Samsung has "collaborated" with other suppliers - which is better than Apple who just steals from other suppliers.. Apple is just a bunch of cnuts at the end of the day

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You always post that. Yes 100% of the parts of he iPhone are all made by 3rd parties. Even their softeste is not first larty. In fact Apple, Samsung, Google, and. Microsoft all dont have 1st party operating system. All of them are based in someone else's work. Come on dude, no one has ever said Samsung doesnt use 3rd parties. They all do. But Apple passes everything off as if they made it, even. If they know people know itherwise. Samsung has not taken credit for others work. And all of them including Apple be edits from someone else's work. Gosh people like you could ruin a wet dream. Most of the stuff in Samsung phones are all.made but thrm. Why dont you list all the parts Apple uses 3rd oarty. Displays - JDI, LG. SAMSUNG

4. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

That korean racist boy will get mad at how samsung collaberated with Japanese suppliers and borrowed and created a product together with them that is infinity flex.That why never underestimate Japanese technology against chinese and american,korean technology which sony do uses and configure.Sony and Lg are next to create one with chinese oems.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1574; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i do feel like these flex screens will scratch easily.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6270; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not a Samsung fan, but I gotta admit...I'm interested in checking this thing out.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Do you have to be a fan to buy it? Cant you just buy it like most of us buy products? We buy them because we want or need them and that is all that is required. Its idiotic fans who think using another good product somehow makes tou a bad person. They are married to their phone. Using another is like cheating on their wives to them.

7. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

I will just leave this here and go: youtu.be/NcAm3KihFho

10. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Flexible and foldable are two different things. That screen in that video would not fold in half like the screen that will be on the folding phone.

14. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

but it was the start for all this craziness

Latest Stories