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Bend it like Samsung: 5.5" flexible HD screen on tap for CES 2013

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Bend it like Samsung: 5.5
Samsung let us play with bendable OLED screens a couple of times at CES and other expos, but so far the best it could muster with a plastic substrate has been the 4.5" WVGA screen we were folding last year in Las Vegas.

Not that we are belittling the flexible display achievements, but with today's rigid smartphone screens clocking HD or even Full HD resolutions for the high-end spectrum, the WVGA unit didn't stand much chance in that respect.

Enter CES 2013 in just two short weeks, where Samsung is said to showcase a 5.5" 1280x720 HD screen that can bend and do yoga exercises. Awesome, ain't it? The company will also reportedly bring a 55" flexible screen that is aimed for TVs and such, indicating that the work on actual devices with its bendy panels is progressing nicely.

Samsung had mentioned that the 5.5" yogi can bend until the edges meet, but can't be rolled, but since we can't roll the other electronics in a smartphone either, it's no biggie, just bring it to market in a handset already - at this size the HD resolution means 267ppi, which will be more than decent for a durable, flexible OLED display already.

source: CNET

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:35 4

1. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


As long as it doesnt scratch like resistive screens.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 11:55

21. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


as long as the battery holds up stronger than anything else

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:35 3

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1438; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This is the most innovative product samsung has ever made! I can't wait to see it on future generation smartphones!

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:37 7

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i dont get it.......how is that going to be of any use when it will be in a phone or tv that doesnt bend??? what are we going to be able to take it out and play with it or something?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:50 9

5. smartphonemad (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


It probably won't break as easy if dropped

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:59 3

6. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


But do we really want/need bendable display? I want gadgets as hard as possible ;)

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 05:03

13. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


my only possible use for this is for big screen displays. so they can bend it at corner of large buildings.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 08:29 3

15. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You lack vision. Just because you can not see a use today, doesnt mean there isnt a use for you tomorrow.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:27 1

22. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yes we want and need bendable displays because they will last longer and more durable. Some people insurance ends faster than the life of their television.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:42

23. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Would it make a difference if some other company came up with this technology?!

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 05:02

12. zazori08 (Posts: 113; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


this will not be good since it's plastic maybe it will be resistive not capacitive.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 03:15 2

8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


this is the start. Others have already bent batteries. Also, there's a wire that's stretchable. Wait a couple of years and we might see a bendable phone.

But what I want is a bending phone when you want it to bend and stays sturdy when you want it to stay that way.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 04:52

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i mean its cool and all but its these types of things that samsung focuses on that are specifically the "gimmicks" that was talked about sometime ago............they're "cool" but are they "necessary" is the question.....one thing it sure is doing is getting people to believe that, what we "want" is what we need! ...When what we NEED is certainly not what we want..... :(

and one thing you mentioned was "the future" ....well thats correct but just like what they're doing now.......are these things aiming for things we will NEED in the future rather than what we are just simply selfish about and think we need them? And in reality we are just being tech hogs or just flat out greedy for more of what we "want"....

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 04:58

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


continue............i sense more selfishness involved with samsung more than i do "self LESS ness"......sorry

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:22 4

17. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Stop bashing Samsung for once and freaking use your brain!

Since this tech is bendable, it makes the screen basically unbreakable in everyday situations - if the glass cover cracks, the screen bellow will stay usable and you won't have to pay for the entire digitizer!

To put it easy for you - this means a MUCH CHEAPER AND EASIER REPAIR

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:42 2

18. MistB (Posts: 573; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well said that man, thankfully his kind are the minority. So when Sony does it, it's ok and not considered a gimmick?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 09:50 1

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Such an ignorant biased hater. Always trying to bash Samsung with invalid arguments. Try harder next time, if you can..

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 10:43 1

20. anshul0000 (unregistered)


dont appreciate innovation?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 02:40 17

4. karas (Posts: 35; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


NOW . patent that before iBend

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 03:05 2

7. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


One of the BIGGEST innovation ever.
Saammmyy made it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yiiiipppiiieeeeeeee!#$$

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 03:24 1

9. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i don't appreciate huge screen that much... 3.5-4.5 it's normal bigger than that it's humongous! Like a small tablet

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 07:15

14. flyboy21 (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


i just don't understand one thing the display can band so far so good but a phone isn't made just from a display there is the battery which is not bendable there is the body that is not bindable there are many things that can not band on a phone so what is all that excitement about a bendable display

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 08:45 2

16. Fallout09 (Posts: 417; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


FYI...A transparent flexible battery has already been developed by another company. Google it. A bendable phone body should be an easy problem to solve.

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 20:08

24. biagnosis (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


what's the use of this bendable screen anyways? will they make a bendable phone??

posted on 23 Dec 2012, 08:53

25. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I'm thinking its more durable than a regular screen? I dont think any of us really know. All we really know is its bendable...

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