Samsung (005930) faces a daunting task in its efforts to follow up its enormously successful Galaxy S III smartphone, but Reuters reports that the company may have something truly unique up its sleeve: An unbreakable screen. Reuters cites a recent report by UBS analyst Nicolas Gaudois speculating that Samsung has made “preparations for volume manufacturing of unbreakable plastic substrate displays” that could be ready for the Galaxy S IV’s rumored launch in April. Samsung declined to comment for the story, but we’ve known for a while that the company has been working on flexible displays that could arrive as soon as next year, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Galaxy S IV could be the first to feature some variation of them. Or as Stanford Bernstein analyst Mark Newman told Reuters, “either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014.”

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.