So after receiving rumors that the Samsung Galaxy SIV will be released in April of 2013, we’re also hearing that the Samsung Galaxy SIV will feature a groundbreaking “unbreakable” screen.
UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois stated,
“Looking to the first half of 2013, we see evidence of Samsung likely accelerating the release of the Galaxy S IV – compared with May (this year) for the Galaxy S III. We believe preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays continue. All in all, we could see a strong products push in the high-end in the first half, followed by other releases”
Let’s hope that Gaudois is right and that the unbreakable displays do find its way to the Galaxy SIV. It would be a huge relief for smartphone owners to no longer fear their phone screen shattering after one drop. I know every time I drop my phone (and it happens more often than I want it to), there’s that split second where I think, “This is it. This is when my phone dies.”
Samsung has declined to comment on the topic, but it should be noted that Samsung is a major backer of the OLED display, which can replace glass substrate with plastic material. This puts Samsung at the front of the line when it comes to producing unbreakable displays.
Mark Newman, analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong, stated,
“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”
Newman is correct. If Samsung is able to pull off the unbreakable display first, it will put itself way ahead of the competition. Considering the Samsung Galaxy SIII surpassed 30 million sales with a breakable screen, a Samsung Galaxy SIV with an unbreakable screen may surpass even those impressive numbers.
Both Nicolas Gaudois and Mark Newman are considered 5-star analysts by Reuters, which should establish the credibility of their observations. So what do you think? Are you excited for the introduction of unbreakable displays? Have you shattered your smartphone’s screen before?