Samsung’s flexible displays are still relegated to a few niche products like the Galaxy Round and the Gear Fit, but a new report from Chinese site LEDWN claims the technology could find its way into the Galaxy-maker’s flagship smartphones in the not-so-distant future. The South Korean company apparently plans to open a new factory later this year focused entirely on producing flexible OLED with the aim of including the new displays in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.
LEDWN, a tech blog focused entirely on LED news, notes that LG is already producing its own flexible displays while Apple in expected to include the technology in its upcoming iWatch, suggesting that curved devices could become the norm within the next couple of year. Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly spending around $1.9 billion on the new factory, with plans to expand in future for a total investment of almost $6 billion. The first phase will apparently focus on wearables while larger flexible displays won’t be produced until later on.
Based on recent Samsung patents, the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to feature a curvier form factor, but the new factory reportedly won’t be operational in time to supply flexible OLED for the upcoming phablet. The first device to take advantage of Samsung’s investment may be next year’s Galaxy S6 followed by the Note 5. Of course, we won’t know any of this for sure for almost a year, but if Samsung really is building an entire new factory it probably won’t be able to keep it a secret for very long.