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First Samsung and LG mass produced flexible screens to ship in November

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First Samsung and LG mass produced flexible screens to ship in November
We have long been hearing about flexible screens, and the first mass produced ones are finally coming this November. Samsung and LG are both pushing the envelope and will start first production runs to have bendable screens in November, and consider expanding their capacity further on.

This means that we could have the first actual devices with such displays as early as November 2013. It’s not all science fiction to reality just yet, though - the first flexible screens won’t bend in multiple planes, but only in a single one. That’s still a huge breakthrough and even more so given that this new type of screens is lighter, thinner and unbreakable. Being lighter and thinner are key features to enabling devices with even longer lasting batteries.

Right now, Samsung has a maximum capacity to produce around 1.5 million 5 to 6-inch flexible displays a month. That is at 100% yield, but the actual yields are lower, so the real number is likely around a million. LG Display has an even lower capacity.

Are you looking forward to devices with flexible displays? Analysts predict such devices will reach huge popularity in 2015, but until then they will slowly start getting traction.

“Key to flexible display is to find applications,” HIS researcher Kang Min-soo said. “As it has many advantages, demands will explode if there is a suitable market.”

source: ET News via Android Beat

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posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:28 3

1. darkvadervip (Posts: 343; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Nope! Light thinner phones that will get lost or broken faster. What's the purpose of it on a phone? I kind of see it on a tablet as a better option.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:35 12

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


I think they meant display which wont break easily.
a thinner glass may broke easily but a thinner flexible plastic sheet wont break easily because they tend to flexible.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 02:13

23. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


I think it could work with the flip-phone form factor. Considering that everyone is carrying around huge bricks at the moment this could be a viable option.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:31 1

2. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


What is the point of making thinner phones that are uncomfortable to use? Easy to shove them into one's ass.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:39 5

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Its the nature of technology. They keep improve and improve in high rate and probably ended up like a sci-fi movie.
like it or not we should get use to it.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:31 10

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Flexible displays are great and innovative
but i can't figure out a way of proper application of this screen tech on a phone unless all phone's components turn out to be flexible.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:37 5

5. NexusPhan (Posts: 538; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I believe the benefit is that a flexible display is MUCH less likely to break as a result of drops.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:45 2

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1022; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Ya that'll be very useful
these screen breaking of situations are horrible and they occur often especially on those smartphone with less bezel even though they looks cooler.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 10:39 1

15. decent4u (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Ok so the flexible screen wont crack but wouldn't it scratch alot more than glass?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 01:29

22. vincelongman (Posts: 1691; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Yep, flexible screens would scratch a lot more than glass.

The flexible screens will be under a sheet of gorilla/dragontrail/sapphire glass.
So if you drop it the gorilla/dragontrail/sapphire glass will shatter.
You just have to replace the glass (quite cheap), instead of both the glass and the screen (very expensive).

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 08:51 7

8. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


samsung throw this in Note 3
and i will take it

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:03 2

9. toyboyz (Posts: 81; Member since: 22 Jan 2010)


Cant wait to see what's in store for us! Let's get em out there:)

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:13

10. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I assume they are touch sensitive?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:14

11. rob5150 (Posts: 130; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


for starters , adding a flexible screen in a current smartphone chassis would be amazing .
point being that you would not have broken screens from simple drops. the physics of the fall would be dissipated through it and not crack or shatter.

the next thing would be to make it scratch resistant from pocket lint stuff etc.
but honestly , i always put a screen protector on anyways, gorilla glass always suffered scratches too.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:20

12. verbalize (Posts: 94; Member since: 03 May 2013)


What's the need for this? Ok.. Maybe more durable? But what's the need for the flexible screen? Just build the phone with that technology that does not bend. I think it's a waist of time and $$$. I can maybe use it on a watch to form better to the arm. But a phone? No thank you...

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:56

14. rallyguy (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


At this point I'm going to say it's a gimmick. There are uses for this but I think putting it in a phone is limited. Other than they have maxed out screen size and resolution, and hardware is faster than what is needed right now. So what else are you going to do to put yourself in front of everyone else? I don't see this being dependable enough for phones right now. But there will be plenty that want the "new thing".

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:31

24. synthetic_llama (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


No gimmick...has potential. I'll tell you a benefit of this flexible display. Remember the old blackberry storm or whatever, that you had touch screen, but you had to have pressure on the screen for response in opening a new window or ticking something. Imagine that, no more accidental touch sensitive clicks, would only recognize when you would want to click/open with pressure. lol depends how easily the flex can bend though.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 09:53 1

13. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


if resolution, contrast, and brightness are just as good as glass covered displays and if it's highly scratch resistant, then I'm game.

Until then, I'll just be careful with my device.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 13:00

16. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Imagination is limitless. Would be nice if can have a pocket-able smartphone that can either fold or unfold the flexible display. Like switching between 4.3 inches to like 6 inches maybe? :D
Not going to happen anytime soon though.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 14:28

17. wizzardtech (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


Soon this technology will start appearing on flexible electronics and gadgets like smartwatches. Resolution is not the selling point here but the flexibility. As what the comment says.
Thinner,lighter and unbreakable. This will save consumer from repairs and breaking which the
hard display is very prone of.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 14:55

18. hypergreatthing (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


I can see it easily:
A multi device that's a small rod. Get a call, pull and extend a rollup flexible screen. Want a larger screen, pull it further for a tablet like experience. Done with it? Push it back into the rod. Wear it like a watch, embed the display on clothes, print a screen on a pair of sun glasses and have a real heads up display that's 10x better than google glass.
What's not to love?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 15:23

19. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


To you apples aka JackAs's flexible UNBREAKABLE SCREENS. Go look on youtube. Hiring them with hammers rolling over them. A phone screen like that would kill anything competition could make besides their own flexs. Don't see any other manufacturers worth the technology

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 17:24

20. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


this is what i want to see what, and how they will come up with these flex products..

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 17:30

21. AfterShock (Posts: 2958; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Hardware on upper and lower halfs, screen retracts equally between hard portions.
Could have mini display an led on top an bottom.
Idk.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 21:58

25. warrenellis93 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


I guess one benefit of this being you could fold that 4.5" - 5.5" cell phone into a smaller form when not using it, when ready for it, unfold to use

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