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Samsung allegedly shows a 5.68 foldable display at CES, ready for the mass market

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Samsung allegedly shows a 5.68 foldable display at CES, ready for the mass market
According to industry sources, Samsung has demonstrated the world's first viable foldable display in the Encore hotel in Las Vegas yesterday. That's apparently a different one than the flexible displays on the Galaxy Round or LG G Flex.

It is still made with a plastic substrate, but uses film-like polyimide (PI), which bends much easier. Moreover, Samsung has integrated a metal mesh touch layer in the display itself, and not an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, which deteriorates when bent, especially at the curved area. Thus it has managed to achieve a 5.68" foldable prototype, which doesn't deteriorate the image quality at the bending area, even when folded many times over.

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

Evidently the analysts, VIPs and potential clients that were there for Samsung's presentation, were taken by surprise at how advanced Samsung's bendable display is. We had a Samsung VP quoted in November, who said that foldable devices will be on the market in 2015. “To commercialize a foldable display, we need to ensure enough restoring force to prevent any functional and performance-related problems when the display is folded and opened thousands of times,” commented an industry insider privy to Samsung's presentation. “The showcased product is only a prototype. However, it is a great achievement that a foldable display has been realized." 

Samsung researchers demonstrated how they managed to crack the code of the bending area, so that the both the physical structure of the panel, and the image, don't deteriorate even after thousands of openings. It doesn't become very clear whether the prototype shown was 5.68" in folded state, but we certainly hope so, as that's a diagonal phones like the Note 3 ship with, and they are rather manageable as is. Now a tablet that folds into a 5.7" phone - that would be something to look forward to next year.

Seamless foldable display research

Seamless foldable display research


source: ETNews via G4Games

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:07 10

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Welcome to the future!!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:42 6

20. sergiobr (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Go Sammy go !

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:33

33. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Man this isnt happening! When are they rolling this gizmo out?
Oh yean almost forgot...way to go Sammy!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:19 3

2. FeRoZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Im not a sammy fan anymore but a foldable tablet of 5.7 inch wud b v cool just gt ur As''s outa here n working n bring da damm thing 2 market :-))

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:21 1

3. aayupanday (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Note 3 Fold Edition!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:21 5

4. ausnote2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


cool 9" phone that fits in your pocket.
late 2014 please.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:31 2

5. pyradark (Posts: 739; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


This is flexible!! Not the curve gimmick

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:32

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


after a thousand fold and crack.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:40

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wut??

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:40 1

14. pwnarena (Posts: 824; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


the glass part is already cracked/not connected. the only problem is the material between the fold. how long will it hold?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:29 3

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


hmm, good point durability does count. It could also fold up to a point where the screen would not be flat anymore. There are so many factors to consider here

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:00 7

22. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Problem will Apple fan objectivity. No one actually own a foldable screen but Apple talk about it not lasting.

Give yourself a break! Have a kit kat!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:57 1

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You definitely have some issues going on and all I know is it's not close to being okay, if anyone expresses a view that doesn't get along with what you understand at least try explain why you don't agree with that.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 10:13 4

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


And if Apple show it first then what?; "God gift to mankind!?"

Just saying you are like the hundreds of Apple fans that I met in my life. Single minded and like to condemn others.

If you learn to look at things positively and objectively then life will be much more present.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:02

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Problem will Apple fan objectivity. No one actually own a foldable screen but Apple fan talk about it not lasting.

Give yourself a break! Have a kit kat!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:39 2

7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Samsung Galaxy Fold - Fold into your lifestyle?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:41 1

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Kudos to Samsung but I'm curious how this will play out I mean everyone was dead sure that 3D TVs were the future now, well... their just 3D TVs

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:54 2

12. Killua (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Technically, 3D TVs were indeed the future. Which is the present, for us now. Our "future" is more advance, and keep advancing. Looking forward to foldable TV.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:05

13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Nope, I have no idea where you are getting this but 3D tv are an epic failhttp://www.slashgear.com/3d-failure-bbc-abandoning-3d-after-broadcast-trial-meets-viewer-apathy-05289203/ andhttp://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/06/12/was-3-d-tv-failure-espn-to-end-broadcasts/

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 05:44 1

15. pwnarena (Posts: 824; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


sony said all their high end TVs are already 3D ready so they already stopped doing the 3D promotions and moved to 4K.

3D has already matured and is already here. people are just not that interested in using it.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:21

16. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


channels dropping 3D content altogether is your version of being mature? or maybe you just want to turn this into those logical arguments that go around the same points. I'm only saying sometimes it's always a good thing to stop and take a good look at some of these technologies, at might sound mind blowing to a geek but to the mainstream consumer it could just be idk meh.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:10 1

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You may not watch but does not mean the whole world reject 3D. I watch most of my movies in 3D when available. You have such a single threaded mind. Please check out the number of block busters that are release in 3D.

I just watch 47 Ronin 3D.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:47

30. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Wow, should I be calling the wambulance? you're coming in way too hard on that one. This is not as black and white as you make it out to be, 3DTVs are still around noone mentioned them being dead but they just didn't take off the way we all expected

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:16 1

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


And for TV, LG remain my first choice for their passive 3D tech which I personally prefer it over Samsung.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 10:59

37. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have both TVs and I have to disagree. From my perspective Samsung has better 3D effect and overall picture with active glasses.... however, I prefer LG's passive (lighter glasses) for longer viewing times (IE Xbox gaming).

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:40

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 2540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


We are in agreement. I game with Nvidia 3D monitor. So I know active glasses gives better 3D but it darken the display a side effect that does not exist in passive glasses.

Anyway, our conclusion is there are people that use 3D often and buy TV base on their 3D preferences.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:52 7

10. livyatan (Posts: 649; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Samsung has a flush royal in their hands with this.
If they patent the technology they will have the industry by the balls.
Add a second screen for the outside area to serve in the phone mode, and you get a Holly Grail of the all in one device.
Time to buy Samsung stocks!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 04:53 1

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2327; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Now we would be able to fold a 8"-12" tablet/phone and put it into our pocket.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:25

17. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This is why I trust Samsung more than Apple. Those "S" will not cut it.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:53 1

21. nctx77 (Posts: 440; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


What are you talking about? This is a complete rumor like every other company has. Why in the world did they not show it at the show? It's a prototype and this is the type of stuff you show at CES. I call BS.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:27 3

27. johnbftl (Posts: 168; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


They demoed one in their YOUM video at CES for their Keynote last year. They weren't going to make it part of their Keynote again. It's not BS. Samsung has been working on, and showing off their bendable screens for a few years now. It was only a matter of time before they had a viable product to showcase to the public.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 10:00

34. nctx77 (Posts: 440; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I know. I saw the one last year. Where is the production version though? Whyis this not the S5? These are the type of things that don't make since. Sammy seems to not want to spend the money unless they feel a threat from Apple.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 10:18

36. johnbftl (Posts: 168; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


When did they say this would be part of the S series? It takes a long time to go from concept to prototype to marketable product. Especially with something no one has ever made. It's not like they just beefed up internals and a made a larger screen. There are moving parts that need to function correctly, and need to be tested for malfunction. Your argument about Samsung only spending if they feel threatened by Apple is without merit. If that were the case this product wouldn't even be in a concept stage, much less a working prototype.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 11:04

38. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Not if you believe the conspiracy theories from Apple where Samsung was able to magically design, build and produce the F700 for market in less than 30 days after seeing the iPhone in February of 2007.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 11:14

39. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You mean the iphone that was announced in January and that F700 that had a slide keyboard, resistive touchscreen?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 17:01 1

41. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Yep, the rectangle device with rounded corners that has a home button centered on the bottom of the screen. Also the same one with applications arranged on the screen in a grid pattern and are accessed when touched by finger.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:47

46. willard12 (Posts: 696; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yes, the F700 that Apple's lawyers filed a motion to prevent Samsung from showing in court. If only Apple's $60 million lawyers were as confident as you.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 06:40

19. amozhi (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


If this becomes reality...this will merge tablet and phone in to one device. Then we can call Phoblet!!!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 00:42

45. sniperdroid (Posts: 109; Member since: 23 May 2013)


You mean phablet.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 07:25 1

26. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)


This is the real flexible display :) goodjob sammy

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:32

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


The phone I've been waiting for. N how come u guys never do a video hands on?

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 08:33

29. MANGUELPR (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


So Sammy fans had to wait till 2015-2016... Don't worry we LG followers had a G Flex since 2013.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 09:15 1

32. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


That's a curved screen, not a folding one. There's a HUGE difference in those two. If you're going to trying and start a flame war, at least make it relevant.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 11:32

40. Loubielou (Posts: 196; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I used the Magnetic Leather on My S4 an its like using a phone like this,just flipping it open like a book,so there nothing wrong bring a phone out like this,but its just the protections of the Screens that people will worry about,as the screens are getting more expensive to replace,so this might be the only problem with this type of phone,if its flexi-screen that did not break it might be better.like to see the price as well

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:30

42. Mian.Shahzad (Posts: 23; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


Hello To the Future !! :)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:29

43. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Note 4 with foldable screen? Please!! Ill drop my S4 in a heartbeat for that

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