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Rumor: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 to Have Unbreakable Display

According to speculation by analysts, Samsung may include an “unbreakable” display in the Galaxy S4 when it is released early next year. Samsung is currently a frontrunner to developer flexible (plastic substrate) OLED displays, a product that analysts claim will see volume manufacturing in the very near future. That volume manufacturing may also play in nicely to a report that Samsung has accelerated the launch of the next Galaxy phone, potentially targeting April as the month to unveil it. The Galaxy S3 was announced in May of this year.

So far, all we have heard about the next generation Galaxy phone, is that it will sport a 13MP camera, have a bigger and better display (possibly with 441ppi), and could be carrying the codename “Project J.”

It’s still a bit early to get too enamored with next Galaxy talk, but you should be excited for “unbreakable” displays. If only LG had included one on the back of the Nexus 4.

Via:  Reuters

  • Gillmatic

    Fabricating a bigger pocket makes more sense than bigger hands. JMHO

  • http://twitter.com/TheMuffStuff Danny B

    Why do they keep making samoled? Its nothing compared to IPS and SLCD2/3

  • ConCal

    I’m wondering if the quality of the display will have to diminish if it’s “unbreakable”

  • ConCal

    Get get rid of your fugly UI and I’ll be first in line, Samsung.

  • Michael G

    Apple will be filing a lawsuit by next week.

  • OnlyNexus

    I hope these have “flexible” storage too cause otherwise a SD ain’t happening with the slap phone.

  • Adam Metzner

    Look at that picture… Great it has a floppy screen, but where are you going to put a battery in that thing? Lets say they do, after the PCB, its going to be a little 100mAh. Plus room for cameras and side buttons. Todays phones are the size they are because they cant get any thinner with todays battery and camera tech.

  • Finire

    April you say? I know what I want for my next birthday…

  • nightscout13

    I think it’s a tad early for the flex screens.

    • ConCal

      Yeah, but that’s what they said about 2gb of ram

      • Alan Paone

        And its still kinda early for 2GB..

    • Larizard

      Agree. We need better battery tech right now. Screens are fine.

  • S_T_R

    “According to speculation by analysts”? Really? You ran with that kind of weak-sauce source? Disgustingly lazy clickbait.

    • ConCal

      Disagree, If Reuters publishes it, I would not call it ” Disgustingly lazy clickbate.”
      Check the source.

  • rohicks

    Welcome back flip phone.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Kinda 50/50 on this one. Glass does break but it doesn’t scratch as easily as any plastic or composite. I would prefer a more fragile device that looks great in lieu of a screen that looks like the window in a city bus. If you think about it, there is a reason why cars use glass for windows and it has nothing to do with durability. It has to do with visibility over a products life. If you have ever flown in a small plane, which use invredibly strong plexiglass windscreens, you will be driven mad by staring through the scratches and swirl marks. If the aviation field hasn’t mastered scratch proof plastic windscreens, I hardly think a phone manufacturer has mastered the mix.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    Interesting. I wonder how a flexible display will can be set/manipulated/adjust to be stiff.

    FWIW, I think a better (read: higher pixel density) display is a good thing. I don’t know about bigger. I think the trend toward 5″ is pushing the envelope of portability — with comfort. I had a DNA, but took it back solely because it was just too big. Not bulky, but big.

  • napes22

    It may be unbreakable, but that tiny grain of sand in your pocket will still scratch the hell out of the screen.

  • igotgame

    Is Bruce Willis going to be the spokesman for this?

    • ConCal

      well played, sir… well played.

  • Geoff Johnson

    I bet it will look just like the S3 but slightly thinner and taller, I wouldn’t expect any groundbreaking features like this to be coming out in a phone a few months down the road.

  • Diablo81588

    Flexible displays are cool, but until there are flexible PCBs and batteries, what’s the point?

    • Alan Paone

      The display can bend under your finger like the flimsy back does. Symmetry.

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    Innovation that matters. THIS is why I’m so glad to be on the right side of the mobile OS wars :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198252656 Jeff Kerstetter

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this actually look like a flip phone? I don’t care how unbreakable it is, I am not buying a flip phone. Just sayin…

  • vonny571

    Nice innovation. And yet they still manage to sneak in hardware softkeys.

  • mechapathy

    Which will undoubtedly be covered by ultra-breakable glass!

  • Erik Cho

    I know it’s highly unlikely but if they come out with phones like the ones in the image above, I may well be sold on non-Nexus devices just for the outlandish design factor.

    Although, the OLED screens I’ve seen so far have only been just that, screens. I could be wrong, but I would think being able to develop a touch surface that’s just as flexible will be the next hurdle.

  • TourGuide

    I’d just be happy with a radio that doesn’t BLOW CHUNKS!

    • PhoenixPath

      +1000!

      FFS…

      So I switched back from my LG Spectrum to my Galaxy Nexus last Friday. Several dropped, one-side muted, and “It says I have signal…why can’t I call anyone” days later, I am back on the Spectrum

      I love the Nexus, for the JB goodness alone…but it would be damn nice if it actually worked as a friggin’ phone.

  • spunker88

    I always wondered why they couldn’t use a more flexible material for displays. Glass is hard so it doesn’t scratch easily but also brittle so it breaks easily even though Gorilla glass has perfected this somewhat.

    If they could make a display with a material similar to say Tupperware which is rigid but also somewhat flexible, it would make for very durable phone screens. But the downside it is would scratch easily.

    If Samsung does manage to get something like this to market and it does well, I bet Apple will find a way to patent it and sue Samsung.

  • Joshua Barta

    They should combine this with some kind of waterproofing (like Liquipel or HzO). Such a phone might not be indestructible, but it would survive a good majority of common accidents that tend to happen to our beloved devices.

    • Brent Cooper

      Amen! I’d love to see a liquipel coating and an easily replaceable sides and front glass. If they could make a replacement “shell” for the unbreakable inside for a reasonable price, they could pretty much eliminate the need for a case. The phone would be unbreakable except for extreme drops and crushing….Oh yeah got to stop day dreaming here. Back to work

  • Sven Enterlein

    Just because it will be announced in April doesn’t mean much in regards to its release date, does it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

    So, anyone else feel like Samsung rumors come out WAY too quickly. I mean, we just got the SIII and the Note 2, can’t we all sit back and enjoy our phones for another month or two before hitting the rumor mill?

    • renGek

      Yes thats why I’m skeptical of this rumor. I doubt this is info from samsung. Makes no sense for them to leak this during the holidays. They want you to buy up the GS3s this xmas not think “oh wait, the GS4 might be out next april so maybe I should just wait”.

  • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

    i think everyone is confusing “display” with the actual glass of the device.
    the glass is glass…its going to break. but the OLED display under the glass wont break.

    and i still see the use of a flexible display kinda pointless outside of the “un-breakable display” unless they are going to be moving to a curved display. the galaxy nexus has a curved glass, not a curved display. this would give us that “zero gap” look with a curved glass/display combo….and that would be amazing :)

  • TheWenger

    I know I’ve said I’ll never get a non-nexus device again. But damn the Galaxy S phones are sweet.

    • renGek

      maybe the next nexus will be flex.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Challenge accepted

    • gp126904

      Exactly, I will believe it when I see it!

  • joejoe5709

    I’m not sure we’re ready for flexible displays just yet, but 4.8-5″, ultra-thin, ultra-light, “unbreakable” screens with zero bezel sounds pretty good to me. Galaxy Nexus 2 please!

  • http://twitter.com/adrynalyne Adrynalyne

    Looking at that, it seems there is a demand for an Android Viagra app.

  • bkosh84

    Could have used that on Monday when I dropped my phone and cracked the screen. Sprint/Assurion sent me a replacement (after paying their ridiculous $150 deductible) and it was borked as the volume buttons didn’t work… They sent me out a new one and got it today.. Brand new in the box.. Sprint/Assurion totally redeemed themselves.. This time.. lol.

    side note.. I spelled Assurion with two s’es for a reason, lol.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      My wife busted her old Droid Charge two weeks ago. They replaced it with a new in box Rezound. Nice little $100 upgrade. She is happy.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    the next big logical wave of invention – flexible form factors.

    but the flexible display news from Samsung is old, like 10-14 days ago I sent a tip on that story, never got posted.

    in this case, all someone did at Reuters was put 1+1 together to make a story

  • elbobo

    bigger screen??? c’mon just let it go… 4″ was good enough, 4.65″ is ok.. bigger is stupid.
    When will they develop tecnology to enlarge our hands?

    • http://twitter.com/adrynalyne Adrynalyne

      Collagen injections ftw.

    • PhillipCun

      or find a new way to use phones, stop being stuck on using a phone as a phone. once phones are as powerful as PCs software and hardware wise it’ll change the way people use phones. 4″ will be too small for a “pocket pc” wouldn’ it? try reading on a 4″ screen vs a 5.5″ screen. or edit photos with powerful editors (not instagram) that require you to constantly zoom in and perform pixel perfect actions.

      your 4″ form factor won’t be “good enough” anymore.

    • Trueblue711

      Are you Steve Jobs’ ghost?

      The Droid X’s 4.3″ display was laughed at a few years ago and now look at the offerings…

    • elbobo

      I have a Gnex so I know what I’m talking about.. at least it’s my opinion based on my own experience.. not yours. What I call a “phone” is something PORTABLE.. I mean, pocket-portable. Do you want to replace PCs? Buy a tablet.
      Until they enlarge our hands or make a device that can be stretched or folded to fit in one’s pocket/hand/whatever, anything bigger that 4.65″ is quite stupid IMHO.

      • chris125

        my sgs3 easily fits in my pants pocket. You fail to mention the phones are staying close to the same overall size as they cut down on the bezel…

      • calculatorwatch

        I have to agree, big screens are nice but they come at a cost. I love my Gnex but when I hold my old OG Droid I can’t help but think how much more comfortable it feels in the hand.

        How many people have actually seen a Galaxy Note in the wild? I saw a woman answer a call on one the other day and I was like “HOLY TABLET ON YOUR FACE THAT’S HUGE!”

    • Alex Smith

      I agree. Galaxy SIII is a great phone, the only thing it doesnt need though is too get bigger. 4-4-5″ is where its at

    • PhoenixPath

      Yeah, but you can fold these. :-P

    • ConCal

      I used to feel like you did, but once you use a bigger screen for a while, you become addicted. I’m all for 5″

  • Butters619

    Hopefully it feels like glass. Nothing feels quite as good as cold hard glass on your finger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

    • Prime7

      Nothing is unbreakable.

      • Ash Hanna

        At least not until someone on YouTube gets their hands on one…..
        Apparently EVERYONE on YouTube has enough money to throw away on devices just Ti see how much it can handle before breaking

        • robd

          there usually test devices they didnt pay for…

      • cancerous_it

        my hatred of apple is unbreakable.

        • CodeToJoy

          Touche.

        • DiamondDave

          ^THIS!!!^

    • EC8CH

      but will it blend?

    • brando56894

      That was the first thing I thought of when I saw this earlier lol

  • mustbepbs

    Remember bendable, unbreakable glasses?

    Mine broke.

    • capecodcarl

      Yea, I used to have a pair of titanium glasses that you could bend. My 1-year-old daughter broke them. Snapped right at the weld on the bridge of the nose and at that point they’re apparently unrepairable. I imagine the weakness of these “unbreakable” Samsung displays will be that they are susceptible to being scratched easily since they’re plastic.

  • http://smellslikeroses.com/ Aaron

    “Unbreakable”? Sounds like a challenge…

  • highfasion

    Yay slap braclets are coming back!

    • PhoenixPath

      My first thought on seeing those pictures as well. Thank god I am not the only one…

      The New Galaxy S(lap) phone.

    • JamesU513

      That would be cool, a slap bracelet phone!

      • La2da

        I just put my phone on my arm to test this. With a 5″ screen, I would wear the crap out of it. Unroll it flat to watch media. Slap it on and it goes into wristwatch mode. One less thing in my pockets.

        • michael arazan

          Finally something apple can’t sue them for!

    • Michael G

      haha Slap bracelets. Hopefully the phone version won’t be discontinued due to cut wrists.

  • http://twitter.com/armus75 Armus

    I want a laser keyboard and holographic projector like the icrap

    • Stevedub40

      I want a noise canceling mic

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        I want an app store.

        • Alan Paone

          I just want more icons

          • renGek

            I want the other kids to like me and make me popular.

      • uzo ufondu

        I want panorama mode

    • James_Kernicky

      I want my thumb to reach the whole screen

  • EvanJ2462

    Flexible, unbreakable, whatever, after my GNex I wont be buying another amoled device. The banding and burn in is utterly unbearable.

  • Frank McBurgerKrystal

    Analysts have been saying this for the last 3 years though.

  • chris125

    I am excited to see what samsung comes up with. I hope if they do go with 5″ they shrink the bezel even more to keep it the same size as the s3. Loving that I have an upgrade due in June which will probably be right when this makes it to the US carriers

    • j

      This.. I’d like feature phones to remain in the 4.6-4.8″ range honestly, 5″ max with small bezel.. This is a good size for me.. don’t need to carry a Note 2.

      • chris125

        They could easily do it, especially if they get rid of the home button or make it smaller. There is a decent amount of bezel they could shrink and fit a 5″ screen in

    • Trueblue711

      Agreed. Any larger of the phone and they’re moving into Note territory. Everyone loves my GS3, but the first remark is “thats a big phone.”

      • renGek

        By next year everyone normal (aka not ipeople) will have gotten used to seeing 4.5-5.5 inch phones. Last year 4″ phones were consider a big phone.

    • ConCal

      Agree! I’m all for 5″ but they must shrink the bezel on all sides of the screen.

  • New_Guy

    Whoa o.O…

  • Robhimself79

    Close thy mouth and take my shillings post haste!

  • MichaelFranz

    Rumor whether it be true or not, cool to think it might have this, let the hype beasting begin again

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Remember all those crazy rumors about the GS3? Salty.

    • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

      Except that Samsung has actually publicly displayed these flexible screens.

      Its only a matter of manufacturing them fast enough to get them into phones.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

        Yep. Never said it wasn’t possible. Just saying that the GS3 was supposed to have polycarbonate or ceramic casing, which has also been publicly displayed, if not by Sammy. Just saying, salt is needed for pretty much every rumor, especially something this different.

      • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

        I think there’s a little more involved than just manufacturing a ton of them simply because they publicly displayed them.

  • Rich Koos

    This makes sense because I think I saw a story from Bloomberg or WSJ that said that Samsung was betting big on flexible displays. I don’t think I’m ready to twist and fold my phone’s screen yet though.

    • 4n1m4L

      I just want an oled TV

      • j

        Well, you can get one.. a small one.

  • chey023

    can’t wait for the drop tests. :rollseyes

    Sounds awesome though,

    • MichaelFranz

      or the one where they tie it to a string and drag a GS3 and a iPhone behind a car on a rock road…SMDH

      • Alan Paone

        Thats an important test. I won’t buy until I know how it does in a drag test.