Talk of the Samsung Galaxy S4 packing a flexible screen have been dismissed by an analyst, as anticipation builds ahead of the smartphone’s official unveiling on March 14th.
Rumours that the S4 could pack a bendable, flexiglass screen first surfaced last year, as Samsung bids to differentiate its handset from the slew of grey slab smartphones on the market.
However, according to Nomura Securities analyst Richard Windsor, flexible glass technology is still too unviable commercially to make its way to the S4, something he claims is born out by the fact that "the world has been waiting for [bendable screens] for over a year and still there is no sign of [them]”.
Windsor claims the delay in bringing the feature to market can be attributed to manufacturing challenges that mean that yields are likely to be low and makes flexible plastic less resistant to degradation than rigid glass.
That’s not to say it’ll stay that way for too much longer, though. According to Nomura's man, flexiglass could yet be along in Samsung’s next challenger in a year’s time.
He said: "This [flexible screen] is Samsung's silver bullet against the ravages on commoditisation in Android, but fortunately Samsung does not need it to work right away. This could be another story in another 12 months."
Samsung showcased prototype so-called flexiphones two years ago in the form of the attention-grabbing Youm.