Samsung Is Looking For Suppliers As A Result Of Low 3D Glass Yield For Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung introduced a unique curved-edges smartphone Galaxy S6 Edge this month. The phone features a new kind of display which involves sophisticated engineering. The glass used for curved screen is a 3D glass and it is not easy to use it in a smartphone.
One of the biggest achievements in Galaxy S6 Edge is the 3D Thermoforming technology, which allowed the company to create the double-edge display of the device. This process is not an easy one and a new rumor has emerged that claims Samsung is unable to meet the production goals, so the Korean company is looking for additional suppliers.
According to G 4 Games, Samsung’s initial plan was to manufacture 8-8.5 million 3D glass units in Q2 of 2015. However, as the yield has fallen to less than 50% only, the company’s supplier will not manage to ship more than 6-6.5 million units. As the website explains:
3D Thermoforming is a very sophisticated process that involves the insertion of glass between two molds (as seen above), and heating the material to a temperature of 800 degrees Celsius, allowing it to be pressed into a symmetrical shape.
So Samsung is now looking to find new suppliers, as the 3rd party which was responsible for manufacturing the product parts is now unable to meet the huge number of demands. The 3D glass is also not cheap (25-26 USD).
We hope that Samsung will be able to resolve this yield issue. Otherwise, the company will have to ship with limited number of units for limited regions. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are to arrive in April.
The Korean manufacturer experimented the curved screen on Galaxy Note Edge which was critically acclaimed. The Note Edge featured a curved screen on one side only, but Galaxy S6 Edge has curved screen on both edges.
We’ll bring you more updates as the story develops. Till then, stay tuned to TechFrag!