The new foldable phone, which will incorporate this technology, is expected to be launched in the second half of this year.
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Samsung Display has plans to implement inkjet printing technology in the development of the bezel for its upcoming foldable smartphone. This decision aims to reduce manufacturing costs compared to the currently used Micro Dry Process Decoration (MDD) thermal transfer method in bezel development.
The bezel, located on the edge of the phone’s OLED screen, serves the purpose of covering the internal wiring or metal electrodes of the OLED. Samsung Display seeks to cut production costs by adopting inkjet printing in the development of these bezels.
Production cost reduction
The thin-film encapsulation (TFE) process is crucial for protecting the OLED from moisture and oxygen in the OLED panel of foldable phones. Subsequently, a bezel film is added, and the ultra-thin glass (UTG), which acts as the foldable window cover of the phone panel, is bonded. The current method, MDD, is used to manufacture bezels in Samsung’s Galaxy Z5 series of foldable phones. With the implementation of inkjet printing technology, production costs are expected to decrease, thus increasing profitability and enabling Samsung to be more competitive in the foldable phone market.
Additionally, it is said that Samsung is working on a “basic” variant of its upcoming foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 6, with the intention of expanding the foldable phone market penetration rate, especially in response to the growing offerings of foldable devices from China.
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