Samsung announces Swarovski crystal encrusted Galaxy S5, as LG and Cheil battle over new OLED innovations

Samsung Electronics has announced a special edition of its Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone built in collaboration with jewellery firm Swarovski called the Crystal Collection, which features a back cover covered in crystals.

In an official statement, the consumer electronics giant says the limited edition device will be available in selected regions over the coming months.

“So shiny. So bling. So crystal.

“As many of fashion-savvy Galaxy device users may already know, this is not the first time Samsung and Swarovski designed a blinged out back cover.

“Samsung and Swarovski have collaborated to create a limited-edition cover encrusted with Swarovski crystals for the recently launched Galaxy Note 3, which is available in three colours.”

News of the high-end smartphone comes as companies affiliated with Samsung Electronics and its South Korean rival, LG, both announced major innovations in OLED display technology.

According to a report in the Korea Herald, Samsung-affiliated Cheil Industries has announced it is mass-producing a new host material for green phosphorescent organic light-emitting diodes while Electronic Times News reports LG Display is confident of being able to manufacture screens 100-inches (254 centimetres) across from corner to corner.

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