Galaxy S5 might be delayed

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone which is supposed to be in the shops on 11 April might be delayed due to problems with the camera module.

Word on the street is that the new device has still not gone into mass production and the Korean news site ETNews, said that Samsung can’t manufacture 16 megapixel camera modules that are thin enough to fit into the Galaxy S5’s casing without damaging the lens.

The 16 megapixel camera module consists of six plastic pieces, one more piece than in the existing 13 megapixel camera modules in the Galaxy S4.

Fitting the new camera module into the Galaxy S5, the lens makers will likely have to develop new technology to make thinner lenses.

The problem with this is that a slight flaw with thinner lenses results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mould technology is needed. Part of this is Samsung’s fault.

Lens manufacturers previously used to develop their own moulds but a few years ago Samsung began producing the moulds themselves and then sending these to the lens manufacturers to produce.

ETNews believes that Samsung will have to delay the launch of the Galaxy S5. However, the manufacturer, which has staff now constantly stationed at the lens manufacturers’ plants, is still hopeful of meeting the deadline.