We have been hearing about the Galaxy S IV for quite some time now. Rumors of the flagship phone due for an appearance in MWC 2013 is abound, along with the speculations that point to an April 2013 release window.
Even the specifications have been outlined, touting a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a quad-core processor under the hood and LTE compatibility. There’s one more striking feature that’s expected to grace the smartphone and that is an unbreakable screen.
The smartphones and tablets that you see today have their displays made of glass. And glass being fragile, cracks or even breaks, which I am sure at least a few reading this would have experienced with their phones.
There are researches being done to replace glass with plastic so as to make it hard and unbreakable. The Galaxy S IV was rumored to go for a plastic substrate OLED display.
But we don’t know how much Samsung or its manufacturing partners have travelled with that goal, and since we haven’t heard anything on that front for quite some time, I am thinking that they would look for something else to fit in before launch.
And that something might be Dai Nippon Printing’s new screen cover plastic. We heard about this a couple of days before, and it seems that the new screen cover is as hard as Gorilla Glass (possibly harder) as well as fingerprint-proof.
That would make it scratch-proof and quite resilient, and having that on the S IV would make the device’s display much tougher and neat.
Moreover, having a hard, resilient display would be something Samsung would love to boast, especially since Apple’s iPhone 5 was shipped with dents and scratches on the casing. So even if the display isn’t ready to go by launch date, the electronics giant might push their release for a few days if it means they can ship their Galaxy S IV with unbreakable displays.