Tentatively named Youm, the Samsung Super AMOLED flexible screens have been rumoured for a while and we originally though that they would show on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but the chances are that it will be kept back for the Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4. Samsung did state that the Youm screens would reach the market by Q3 of this year but that has been pushed back a few months. We think that late Q1 of 2013 will be when we get our hands on the Youm screened Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Samsung Galaxy S4.
It has been rumoured that it’s just mass production that is holding Samsung back from creating these wobbly screens. The technology is there and in place but being able to produce them fast enough and on a grand scale isn’t quite complete yet. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been a hit from day one, shifting millions per month and never ceasing to amaze us at how many people search for Galaxy S3 deals or comparisons of mobile phone contracts for the new flagship model. The 4.8” Super AMOLED HD screen that the SG3 uses is quite something so a flexible, virtually unbreakable version would be incredible.
The same goes for the Galaxy Note 2, which has a 5.5” screen and has essentially similar parts to the Galaxy SIII. The problem is that sales figures for both handsets are still up there as if they are still brand new devices. However, when production slows for those handsets we think the new Youm screens will ramp up production as the manufacturing plant simply cannot do all three handsets at the level that Samsung needs for it to be viable.
So, it’s a demand problem that is hampering us seeing the Youm devices. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to stop buying Samsung Galaxy Note 2s or Galaxy S3s but it does mean that we’re not too far away as the life cycle of a Samsung isn’t as long as say an iPhone for example. Reports are being shown that 56,000 monthly units will be increased to 64,000 now and that the glass AMOLED screens will be replaced by the flexible displays after the peak of sales figures starts to tail off. However, that does push the date back to early 2013 for the Youm screens, which is a shame as they would be an ideal Christmas present.
Using substrates the glass is replaced by plastic and that is what makes the screen flexible. It does mean that the images on the screen could go right to the edges and we will finally have the ultra-futuristic smartphones available to play with.
So, if you’re going to wait for a Samsung Galaxy S4 or a Note 3 then don’t forget to check back and compare the prices. For now though, you can see the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 deals and the Galaxy SIII deals that are on offer at Mobile Phone Checker’s comparison site for the UK.