Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?
With an impending release of at least two devices with flexible screens (or curved, if you will), courtesy of the South Korean tech duo, LG and Samsung, hype appears en-route to its peak, until, finally, it will inevitably plateau as emotions give way to facts.
Said to have finally mastered what can be best described as tech out of fiction, the aforementioned two rivals have finally entered the latest stage of their rush to market – mass production, and soon: at least partial availability to the everyday consumer.
At a time like this, it appears only natural that we start asking some rather essential questions. Surely, the usefulness of the new technology, for example, is a top concern for most anybody reading about it, and we have tried to emulate a few case scenarios where we could see flexible screens being useful. Were those exhaustive, and more importantly – convincing? Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or yet another gimmick? You tell us
1. BattalBoy (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Even if you can't actually bend the phone or the screen isn't curved I think it is still a very good idea becasue the phone can be thinner, lighter and the screen won't crack. Can't wait.
18. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
wow, a 1st comment that actually captures the point!
33. ghaniosman (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
whatever it might b but its gonna b an amoled for sure..so cheers
28. techaman (unregistered)
its not a good idea for curved unless it liquid metal body plastic curved will brake when stood on or sat on hard surface, normal until that new tech for nano batteries and soft boards are perfected, normal looking phones with this is way better for now foled screen will make it lighter cheaper and unbreakable screen for heavy use and impact resistant, cant wait for drop tests hahaha, its this or sapphire screens which cost $11 per screen vs corning gorilla glass 3 at $ 7
2. DONUT (Posts: 271; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
i think for now, it would be more of a gimmick. but in the future when the full potential of it can be realised, than it would be more useful
27. techaman (unregistered)
ok again its 14 year old tech its not new being made for phone developing since 2003 its less power then lcd and led and most others.
37. DONUT (Posts: 271; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
like i said, FOR NOW, it is going to be a gimmick. until technology develops to the point where the full potential of a flexible screen can be realised (like the Samsung concept of a phone and tablet in one), i dont think it would be THAT useful now. i know it has its benefits like being less power hungry and etc, but it is a fact that RIGHT NOW, the full potential of flexible screens cannot be realised yet
3. techguyone (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 May 2013)
No shattered screen, but no scratched screen? we'll have to see on that one I think.
Else why have we all been clamouring for Gorilla glass the last few years...
29. 14545 (Posts: 1059; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
That's my thoughts. If it is "less" breakable since you don't have to use glass, I don't see how it couldn't be useful. I mean I don't see anyone folding this up and putting it in their pocket, but if it is power efficient, and more resilient, I'm game.
4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
It definitely looks useful.
Displays can be made physically thinner-stronger-durable-cheaper, allows room for larger batteries and other upcoming hardware technologies to reside inside, makes the phone lighter and we will be able to see much thinner phones in recent future than current one as trend is going for record slimness. :)
31. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
You nailed it! Hope the Samsung Flexible screen phones will be awesome!
5. Cyberchum (Posts: 248; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Once it makes my phone break and scratch proof and allows room for bigger battery, it's one great innovation. No more shattered dreams, no more constant flat batteries, yummy.
6. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Every innovation is definitely useful, of course if its used in its best way.
7. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 886; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
not useful,... in what way useful? its just a start for now but it will be useful in near future..smartphones are just a sample, specs gets improve and screen also. so LG and SAMSUNG will just have to open the gates of flexible screens...
25. techaman (unregistered)
the tech has been in development for 10 years for phone use back then it was green shades for videos, its useful for weight almost indestructible by normal means, less power no glass screen protecting needed,
if you dont see a use for this in all phones and tv, cars navi. then you should not be on this website. sorry to sound rude.
26. techaman (unregistered)
also forgot to say foleds are grown so its way cheaper to make a phone, plus no more returns with broken screens loss of money for companies, both sides, wrap around your arm for watch and arm bands. clothing ect.
8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5458; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Will be useful for sure, just depends where will be used.
10. Jalil (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Let's wait to be released and then we should judge.
11. mayur007 (Posts: 360; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
Almost every thing is gimmick in the starting phase..
because its not mature enough to have daily task ..
for eg windowsphone 7 & 8 - they are still :P
like samsung smart eye thing which they introduced in Galaxy Series (s3 s4 note 2 and 3) still by the time everything will become usefull and mature for daily task
screen display , software, firmware or OS
the only reason is adaptation(fast or slow)
24. techaman (unregistered)
i have been following foleds screen since it started 14 years ago trust me when i say its not in a starting phase.
12. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
It is a step. Another innovation that will lead to another, and another. It is progression. Gadget now, foundation of must-have technology later.
13. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 May 2013)
it is useful beacuse the screen wont crack,the phone will be thiner and lighter,but what about the apps,how are you going to play games,type messages with that curved display,thats the question
14. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
If the screen ain't protected by glass will the OLED be broken if accidentaly hit by a sharp object?
15. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
There's the corning's willow glass for protection of such screens. It is designed such that it can bend in air without breaking.
22. techaman (unregistered)
no still will not work corning willow is still a second screen you have to have foled screens so they wont brake and power consumption is dropped
23. techaman (unregistered)
its covered with a plastic semi hard film you would have to use knife blade hard, like all phones it would damage the area it hit, unless you had sapphire protecting screen.
16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
As long as they don't scratch and feel odd when swiping, it can only bring improvements.
17. DOODpls (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Do a hammer and knife test when that phone is released
21. techaman (unregistered)
hammer test yes but not so sure on the knife depending on the plastic coating over the foleds.
19. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
For the sheer shatterproof quality of the display, it cannot be called a gimmick.
20. techaman (unregistered)
100 % correct that alone makes it worth it and battery saving
30. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)
I already saw the hammer test and it is virtually unbreakable. I have never cracked my screen (knock on wood) so I don't have a problem with that. But I welcome all new technology since we don't have flying cars or hover boards yet:-P
32. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Why Gimmick? LG and Samsung has the high end technologies nowadays. Specially Samsung! Wow these two korean giants are about to Impress me. Can't wait, but I'm specifically waiting for the Flexible screen version of the NOTE 3, or another new Unit. AND PA, IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GIMMICK! The Shatter Proof Quality says it all. It's INNOVATIVE! Come on Samsung bring it up!
34. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
As long as the digitizer is flexible it'll be a revolution in smartphone durability. If you still have to have glass on the screen and its just a non-flat shape? Meh.
35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I'd rather have a flexible unbreakable screen than a glass screen.