Samsung to sell dual edge screens to other manufacturers?

Samsung to sell dual edge screens to other manufacturers?
Samsung is reportedly in talks with other smartphone manufacturers who are interested in purchasing the dual edge displays used on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Huawei, Xiaomi and other companies would use the displays on their handsets, adding their proprietary designs and software to make the finished product their own, and not just a Galaxy S7 edge copy.

An image showing the side of the Vivo Xplay 5 appears to show that Vivo is using the display on its new handset. The BlackBerry Priv is also said to be sporting one of Samsung's edge screens.

If the talks between Samsung and the other manufacturers end with a handshake, we could see more models sporting a familiar dual edge screen in the near future.

source: Phandroid



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

And yet Apple would never give away it's A9 SoC like that... Come on Samsung, these displays make your phones unique... And if you sell these displays to other manufacturers, then you'd be just another ordinary fish in the pond... I believe that anyone and anything ought to have a distinctive signature... Mine is... G'Day!

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Do you even realize how much revenue growth this will give to Samsung? Samsung has the monopoly in curved screens... they are the only Manufacturer of this tech.. A great company doesn't runs on sentiments...

26. manutd

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Yeah but I bought the s6 edge plus SPECIFICALLY because of the design. If HTC or Sony decide to start making curved phones, then I'd rather buy their handsets.

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So who is stopping you. Buying a handset should be matter of personal preference. Your comment seems like you were forced to buy the S6 edge plus just because of that curved screen.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The BlackBerry Priv has dual curved edges. Guess you're not so unique anymore.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

If Samsung is ready to jump to foldable displays, then I guess this move won't hurt their own lineup and should help grow their profitability instead, all while being ahead in the race.

10. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

do you know that all Ax were manufactured by ... wait for it... Samsung? LOL

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

All the AX SOCs are designed by Apple so nobody else can use them but Apple. TSMC manufactured the A9 chip alongside Samsung and has manufactured way more AX chips than Samsung ever have. Do a little research before you post something that sounds completely stupid OK!

16. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@Arch_Fiend : not really.. until 2012, Apple used Samsung designed, manufactured SOC.

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Apple used Samsung designed, manufactured SOC" that doesn't seem worded correctly? Provide proof for your statement please.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Apple A9 is different from a display, nobody else will ever make one but somebody else like LG will eventually make a edge screen so samsung might as well sell them before someone else does.

15. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I think it's patented.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If it is it would be a patent for a curved amoled display. LG could still make a edge quantum lcd display because the quantum tech is LG's own panted display.

30. Dubs816

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

You will not see a curved LCD display in a mobile phone at any point.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The patent would not cover the curve, but how it was done. All another OEM has to do is do it differently.

17. shm224

Posts: 288; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

@arch_fiend : if AMOLED manufacturing is any indication, it's unlikely that LG is going to catch up with Samsung anytime soon.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You know you don't have to say @(name) when replying right? anyway amoled has nothing to do with this and LG's quantum LCD display's are pretty good. LG could make a edge quantum display.

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

In order to make something popular, make sure someone copy it and spam. Samsung should know that in order to advertise curve screen

5. Danini1112

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 22, 2013

You will see, it's like the Galaxy Note era, everyone will use the curved screen. Even Apple in the future.

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

What's the point of a curved screen?

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Design, aesthetics. Modern smartphones are not and will never be about pure functionality. If you dislike that, you are certainly entitled to. But it's mostly there for looks. In my book, there's nothing wrong with that.

9. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm a little annoyed Samsung is willing to open up such a signature part of its aesthetic, but I guess they'd rather sell the panels to other manufacturers than have their competitors produce them on their own (or source then from someone else) and miss out the money that will bring in. Still irritating though. And it feels like an unnecessary thing the copy, since it's only really an aesthetic flair anyway.

31. teloji

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

i accept you

11. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

it is a good thing so everyone can enjoy the technology , instead of being limited to a number of people who can afford it . Apple is unique but not everyone can afford Iphone 6s or s7 edge , at least you can get a copy of what's samsung doing .

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Eh. I have to disagree with you a bit. It's kind of like when Ford copied Aston Martin's grill. Sure, it made the Focus/Mondeo look more appealing... But it's part of AM's aesthetic signature. It's not like they couldn't have come up with something on their own. Same thing with Lincoln making the new Continental and imitating the Bentley Flying Spur. In other words, it just feels lazy. Especially because this is a feature that doesn't really change the usability of the device.

19. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I totally agree with you and it is lazy , companies shouldn't copy each other, but to some extent sometimes people want some parts of a mercedes and bmw and audi all together to make a dream car . and if a company managed to copy the luxurious design of a mercedes with cheap materials , the people who can't afford having an expensive mercedes will at least experience it at affordable price , better than already cheap design . there is guys who can't afford to eat , and those who can't afford to buy a phone and those who can afford buying a smartphone and those who can afford buying an iphone so making a phone with the iphone quality to everyone is a better move ,for example HTC is copying apple design . for example big screens , samsung made the first note at the time apple was making tiny iphones, if apple after the first note made a bigger iphone 4 that would be copying even the iphone plus now , but it isn't copying it is just technology . I think the edge display is the same thing.

25. TerryTerius unregistered

I do get what you're saying, and I'm principal there's absolutely nothing wrong with technology trickling down to cheaper handsets. I'm just saying in this case the edge display is not really a function. There is no functionality inherent to the display that could not be copied on a regular screen. It only really serves to make the device look unique and that's basically it. Think about it this way, ideas originally debuted on the Mercedes S class or any other large luxury sedan have trickled down throughout the market, always have and likely always will. But there's a huge difference between implementing functional ideas Mercedes introduced and just copying their design language. You see what I'm saying?

18. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, there's hoping that the upcoming Nexus might use a curved display... Considering Huawei is rumoured to be interested in curved display technology! Yes, I know... Enough with the Nexus... I just can't help myself!

20. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Edge screen to me is like curved tvs. Many may think they look cool but it doesn't have a practical purpose. Is the gimmicky slide out panel worth the tradeoff to dealing with side glares, screen looking narrower than it is, movies, games, any content looking cut off at the end? To me, no and I hope this design trend doesn't become a fad.

34. TerryTerius unregistered

Looking cool is the entire purpose. It doesn't really need a functional reason to exist. Purely aesthetic. The slide-out panel doesn't even really have anything to do with whether or not the screen is curved, you could do the same thing with a flat screen. That aside, to be frank none of the things you mentioned are an actual issue in the real world. Content doesn't get cut off. At least that never happened to me when I had the Edge for most of last year. Neither does light reflect off of the curve. That being said, light from the display does some weird things to the edge's curves if you are looking at way off center. In any case, content doesn't look squeezed. It just pops at you.

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