Later this morning, Samsung Electronics will launch the Galaxy Z Fold2 smartphone with a number of improvements, including a full-screen face panel as mentioned in the cover graphics above.
Looking ahead, it has been revealed that Samsung Electronics has partnered with Corning to develop its own “collapsible glass.” Uses Corning’s glass base, it will appear to develop coverslips for foldable smartphones that can be bent or folded.
According to screen industry sources, Samsung Electronics IT & Mobile Communications Business recently began receiving necessary glass substrates from Corning that are necessary for the development of collapsible glass. They have established a partnership to materialize “ultra-thin glass (UTG)”
Back in March 2019, Apple released a report entitled “Corning wants to enter the Folding Smartphone Race and is only a few years out of delivering a breakthrough with glass.” The report covered a video about Corning’s work with bendable glass as presented below.
Although Samsung had an exclusive agreement with Schott for the Galaxy Z Fold, Samsung is now changing gears to work with Corning’s collapsible glass base technology. With two strong competitors fighting for Samsung’s business, prices will fall and make collapsible prices cheaper for consumers.
Currently, Samsung Display combines UTG produced by a special glass manufacturing company called Dowoo Insys using Scott’s glass substrate with the OLED panel and delivers the final product to Samsung Electronics.
It is expected that Samsung Electronics will build a competitive structure with its own collapsible glass and get Samsung Display to lower the supply price. To do so, Samsung Electronics is working to secure high-yield manufacturing processes from domestic and foreign glass-producing companies.
The report further noted that “Huawei recently ordered OLED panels for its foldable smartphones from Samsung Display. Samsung Display is expected to lead the global collapsible display panel market in the years to come. For more on this, read Korea’s ETNews report.
While Samsung is determined to be a leader in foldable smartphones, Microsoft has decided to go with a dual-screen smartphone called the Surface Duo, which officially lands in Best Buy Stores and at AT&T on September 10.
Until folding phones can iron out problems in the early stages, Microsoft’s 2-Display devices may seem to have more appeal to consumers and professionals.
Dell, HP and Lenovo are three Wintel partners to sell dual display devices in 2021 with Android designed with new multitasking features exclusively for dual display devices.
While it’s too early to predict a winner in the foldable device category, the buzz around Microsoft’s Surface Duo is close to feverish in the Windows community, which must be a nuisance for both Samsung and Huawei, who are betting on individual displays that fold. Anyway, the biggest winner here is that Android developers are that Microsoft’s new dual display devices run Android 10.