A report from The Korea Herald says the Galaxy S5 won’t come with a curved, aka flexible display due to production limitations, citing industry sources familiar with the matter. “The current capacity for flexible panels is not high enough for the Galaxy S5, which will be rolled out early next year. Curved ones will be unveiled late next year as a Galaxy variant rather than as a flagship model,” said Kim Jong-hyun, an analyst at Seoul-based Eugene Investment & Securities.
Samsung’s current production lines are capable of handling 8,000 5.5-generation sheets per month to produce up to 500,000 flexible panels for smartphones, with a 30 percent yield, a figure that’s nowhere near the millions of units every Galaxy S flagship sells and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Then there’s also the fact that curved displays are still in their infancy, with not enough advantages to warrant a place on a flagship device. Samsung is expected to launch a successor to the Galaxy Round, its first smartphone with a curved display, and we’ll likely be seeing flexible displays only on such niche devices for a couple of years before they go mainstream.
What do you guys think? Is a curved/flexible display something you want on the Galaxy S5?