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Flexible displays coming "within a year", claims Samsung

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Samsung has been promising flexible OLED displays for what seems like ages now, but an executive confirmed yesterday that these new trick displays are on track to ship "within a year."  Last year we were promised that we'd see them in 2012, so while "within a year" could mean early 2013 it looks like they are largely on schedule.  We call them trick displays and you've no doubt seen some crazy images like the photo to the left of a wavy smartphone, but in reality these displays will bring advantages other than odd-shaped devices.

Since the displays are flexible and don't use glass they will be nearly unbreakable, meaning the next time you drop your phone your display isn't going to shatter.  We've seen some crazy prototypes of paper-esque displays and see-though panels, but what what's likely to come to market are rounded displays that were not possible with traditional LCD or AMOLED panels.  Flexible displays make things like watch phones and wearable computers a lot more practical, and as the technology progresses we will likely see more innovative applications as designers think outside the box.

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:30 2

1. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


not interested

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:06 8

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)


So why did you comment? You wanted everyone to see how beautiful you look on your picture? Well, nice picture drahmad . . . .

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:17 2

5. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


what is the usefulness of flexible display ?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:46 3

9. SleepingOz (unregistered)


There's a lot of concept about fexible display on youtube. Instead of wasting your time, trolling, go check them!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:48 4

10. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


If the display is flexible, it means it's soft, which means it won't crack like an iPhone when you drop it from 2 feet...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:13 3

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I agree with Drahmad on this one... the cons on having flexible dispays... wont work... it looks nice at first,., but after a month of use.. watch how distorted the image will become.. geeks are so hungry for innovation that will jump at anyhting this days

ps.. yes he drahmad does look pretty..lol

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:39 2

14. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


gallito, can you please provide sources for your opinions? do you have any data at all on that? have you been to the samsung factory and seen it in action? do you know about ANYTHING you speak of? NO? ok then.

The benefit of the flexible display isnt the fact that you can sit there and bend n twist it. yea, sure u can.. but thats for demonstrational purposes. If you actually read the article or used your chicken head brain, u would realize that a flexible display that stands up to a hit from a HAMMER as this display does is nearly unbreakable to drop damage and pressure damage, even in "traditional" non-flexible phone forms.

Number 1 accident on a phone? cracked screen from drop damage (#2 is probably toilet.. yuk)

It will also allow touch screes to be worn like a bracelet or something making all those neat sci-fi arm gadgets possible.

If this had an apple logo you would be hailing the second coming of Jobs.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:09 2

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


first of all.. no one hits there screen with a hammer so don't use that analogy.. second... if you fold plastic.. it becomes stronger on the fold.. leaving weakness everywhere else,.,. same with screen... it will fold imagine text not displaying correctly because of the multiple bents,.. that's why Samsung has not produce them yet.. but please bend plastic ruler.. a dozen times.. and see how it becomes... 3D on without glasses was an innovation... see where the EVO 3D ranks in sales.. or how many people uses 3D.. on the EVO... it was nice at its but eventually ..

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 13:33 3

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


ever heard of GRAPHENE?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 14:27 3

20. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your correlation of a plastic ruler makes no sense. not all plastic is the same. plastic rulers are ment to be firm. plastic like what seran wrap or shower curtains is infinitely malleable.
you have zero idea about what you are talking about and no evidence to back up your claim.. period.

the hammer was a video Samsung showed of them hitting this exact screen and it not making a mark on it. people may not hit their phones with hammers but they do drop them or run them into corners on accident from them being in the pocket. rh� oPoint is that even if the material is in a fixed state like a regular cell phone it will take a beating a heck or a lot better than current screens.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:39 1

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


see when you do your geek test you always want real world test.. like actual drops.. but no hammer.. as that never happens... is fine about the plastic ruler.. you are known to not listen to anyone but yourself.. you ask for proofs???.. how dare you. when al the BS you speak of. has no proofs. either//

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:44 2

24. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats funny because i constantly provide links to the sources of my proof and opinions. your not even right about that. I think your having a bad day. maybe go to bed and start over tomorrow? lol

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 10:06

31. SleepingOz (unregistered)


The old stupid gallito back again?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:33 3

13. cgyspy (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


"geeks are so hungry for innovation that will jump at anyhting this days" Yeah like those Iphone slaves that jump on useless SIRI, which seems usefull at first but then you realize it is useless.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:03 2

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so you admitt that we are both the same.. i am cool with that

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:37 6

2. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


I really do not see much use for mobile phone with flexible device...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:55 4

11. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I agree. Why would I want a rounded phone. I like that it won't break, and maybe it will admit more light because there is not glass, but I could care less that I can bend it or that it would be round.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 01:03

26. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


because you would like to strap ur phone to your wrist lol

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:01 3

3. dragonnub99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


hope they put the flexi display in s3

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:24 3

6. tshow84 (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


flexible displays enable manufacturers to develop foldable displays so that you can have a 4 inch screen unfold to a much larger screen for multimedia...still sound useless?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:37 5

8. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Those who find it useless are plain stupid and can't see further than the end of their nose.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:52 3

15. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


this is game changer and in no way useless....

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:55 2

16. itsthenew (Posts: 13; Member since: 22 Oct 2010)


Nintendo Gameboy SP form factor, screen folds in half? Past that seems useless for phones, interesting for other things.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 15:06 3

21. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


You guys who cant see anything come out of this surely lack imagination. Imagine having a nice 4.65" screen that is just uncomfortable in your pocket so you just fold it and have a bad ass wrist watch?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 15:57

22. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


when the rest of hardware is flexible than this will be great, until than...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 23:44 1

25. roscuthiii (Posts: 1794; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Nope, useless. New things are pointless.
When Apple releases the iFlex Touch it will be the most magical revolutionary device ever though.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 04:26 1

27. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


yeah its amazing how some of us (ifans) seem to think other things are useless and pointless, but when apple releases them they are game changers. Only stupid ppl who dont think beyond 2012 will think this is stupid and useless (posibilities r endless, samsung doesnt just make phones, plus its companies like samsung that spend alot of money in simplfying our lives instead of putting money and sales first, something Apple should learn). I bet you when the iTV or whatever it will be called, it will shoot straight to top chat as the best TV ever. I luv Apple products but most of the times they dont deserve praises they recieve.

#JustMyOpinion

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:29

28. Rosumio18 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


hello guys !!! I'm about to open my own cellphone repair business.... question and hope u guys can help me with this !! flexible display ¿? this means the end of repair business ?? should i open my business or not ?? thanks

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:30

29. Rosumio18 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


hello guys !!! I'm about to open my own cellphone repair business.... question and hope u guys can help me with this !! flexible display ¿? this means the end of repair business ?? should i open my business or not ?? thanks

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:39

30. Rosumio18 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


hello guys !!! I'm about to open my own cellphone repair business.... question and hope u guys can help me with this !! flexible display ¿? this means the end of repair business ?? should i open my business or not ?? thanks

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:16

32. galbert1555 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Me want----flexible means more resistance. I can actually drop my phone without the screen bleeding. Porn.. you are now safe... gigity.

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