Samsung might be cutting 30% of its smartphone portfolio next year, but we’re also looking forward to some totally new handsets from the company.
We’ve already heard that the Galaxy S6 will be totally new, designed to look unlike any previous Galaxy. Now, Samsung itself has confirmed plans to produce as many as 40,000 flexible displays per month by the end of next year.
ZDNet cites Lee Chang-hoon, VP of the business strategic team at Samsung Display, as saying the company planned to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. Lee said his company will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 flexible displays each month by the end of next year.
Though Lee said that “nothing has been decided on the finished product,” the Galaxy S6 is rumoured to utilize the flexible display we saw in the Note Edge to create a similar ‘second screen’ effect on either side of the display panel. It’s also thought to incorporate some of the metal construction we’ve seen on more recent Samsung phones (like the Galaxy Alpha, Note 4, and Galaxys A3 and A5).
Samsung isn’t the only company working on flexible displays; the company appears to be in a race with LG. Last month, an LG roadmap revealed that the company was planning flexible devices, including tablets and smartphones, next year. Foldable, rollable displays, something Samsung has also been experimenting with, are set to arrive in LG products in 2017.