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On the tech horizon: Nokia co-developed and demo'd two 5.9-inch foldable displays at SID 2014

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On the tech horizon: Nokia co-developed and demo'd two 5.9-inch foldable displays at SID 2014
Few of you will know this, but a week ago, the Society for Display Information (SID) held a week-long symposium/exhibition (Display Week 2014) in San Diego. You may be unfamiliar with this particular venue, but it's actually one of the most popular display tech expo's, and, more importantly, often has representatives from leading companies showcasing novel display technologies.

This year's edition was no exception. While Samsung and LG, thanks to their bendable OLED screen implementations in the Galaxy Round and the G Flex, mostly stole the show in terms of awards, some would argue that another well-known manufacturer had the most intriguing piece of tech on show. As you probably realize already, we're talking about Nokia.

Developed in collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL), Nokia showcased two 5.9-inch screens (with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution) that are truly foldable, though they differ in they way you can fold them. More specifically, model number one can be folded in two -- like a book -- while the other can withstand being folded in three (see demo below). 

Obviously, we could speculate that the industry is now one step closer to delivering truly foldable, portable smart products, though it will obviously be a long while until such tech becomes available to your average consumer. Perhaps as importantly, at least when novel tech is concerned, there's no such thing as too much pessimism -- engineering and design difficulties (not to mention cost) often mean that otherwise extraordinarily-looking tech such as this are a fair way off from commercial release. 



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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:19 11

1. user996 (Posts: 180; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


nokia at it's best

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 10:25 9

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3248; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


This is nothing.... Check this one out....bendable phone by Nokia

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tuqAzdmsBWE

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:48 1

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2243; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Finnish accent is so... Finnish lol

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:21 6

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1197; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


If they put it in Lumia, then I might just get my first Window Phone :D

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:29 13

3. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 105; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I wouldn't be surprised about Nokia's Technology because most of the time they are the one who have the best idea's like Solar Panel Display. That's why I wan't them to be the King of Phones again in the next years or after the contract of their Mobile Division in Microsoft.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:03 1

7. dratomic (Posts: 431; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


im loving my note 3 but i feel like nokia is the only company that deserves to be the king. they just need to hire samsungs executives!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:32 16

4. sip1995 (Posts: 647; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Every company wants Nokia's patents....

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 09:38 10

5. hemedans (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


i see bright future for nokia cto office, money from ms they will research more and more and this is just start more are coming. go nokia and show other meaning of innovation

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:15

8. aksa123 (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Samsung's gonna sue...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 11:25 1

9. darksantacruz (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)


Amazing MSNokia still continues to impress! LG and Samsung just got behind lol!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:10

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


LG and samsung are ahead in this case...particularly samsung...their display is truly flexible...
And it can withstand now folds...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:41 1

12. arenanew (limited) (Posts: 135; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


i chennai is loser and match fixed team like samsung and other china brand

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 22:57

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lol....there is no match fixing probe on chennai....rather it's on rajastan...
Son in law srini is accused of betting you idiot not fixing???
You're all jealous of chennai's success....

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 23:32

18. great (Posts: 56; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


yea gtfo !

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 15:28 2

13. hemedans (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


nokia was the first oem to show bendable display back in 2011, then samsung and lg follow the trend.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 22:58

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I know that......but samsung and lg are ahead now...that's fact...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 03:52 2

19. sbw44 (Posts: 363; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Based on what????? where's your proof?

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:15 1

15. corporateJP (Posts: 1520; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


MS had nothing to do with this.

This is all Nokia...

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 06:09

20. darksantacruz (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2014)


Yeah Nokia you're right

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 21:15

14. p51d007 (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


This is what I would love to see in a smart phone. Closed, say a 4-5" phone.
Open it up, it transforms into an 8-10" phone/tablet.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 18:09

21. jsdechavez (Posts: 699; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Still dreaming of that Nokia phone concept based on nanotech. Foldable, self-charging, self-cleaning. Etc

posted on 11 Jun 2014, 09:42

22. marcski07 (Posts: 188; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


ahh... i've got a feeling that flip phone will come back.... nostalgia, that awesome feel when someone texted you or calling you and grab it inside your pocket and flip it.... :))))))))))))))

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