It seems that almost every year, with a new generation of the Galaxy S series, there’s always a story involving Samsung and its struggle with keeping up production. First it started with a fire, that all but destroyed the factory that made the printed circuit boards used in the S5. This time around, Samsung appears to be struggling with the six-lense optics on top of the camera sensor.
This new 6-element lense requires fitting into the same camera lens as before. The issue here is the molding of the optics to be precisely centered. As an industry insider put it:
“On a thin lens, even the slightest flaw results in a considerable optical distortion. To make plastic lens thinner, a more accurate mold technology is necessary.”
The mold is made internally and then sent to the lens suppliers who then apply the injection tech. However, while they’re more skilled at doing so, they’re struggling with the level of precision required. Samsung was expected to reach full capacity next month, but current numbers of the lens production have it pegged at 20 to 30 percent.
With a launch right around the corner — launching in over 150 countries on April 11 — Samsung will need to work hard between now and then to hit its target launch mark. Only time will tell, otherwise Samsung has a tough choice ahead of them in that it will have to decide which markets will see a bigger supply of Galaxy S 5′s.