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Samsung may deliver flexible displays as soon as next year

0. phoneArena 30 Nov 2012, 18:00 posted on

We've been hearing promises and seeing demos of flexible displays for a while now. So long that it seems as though the tech may never arrive, but a new report is saying that we could actually see flexible displays as soon as next year, and that Samsung could be leading the pack...

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posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:11

1. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


But what about the phone's body then?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:35 8

9. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


When you don't have to worry about transparency there are plenty of materials that can protect the phone better than aluminosilicate glass.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:44 10

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


That sounds pretty cool, but I really prefer Sony new glass that has 10 times more tension strength than Gorilla. This would help protect the phone even better especially against scratching.

Touching the soft screen does not really appeal to me

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:03 8

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Waiting more news about Sony Odin. :)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 20:24 14

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


May i just say that this is real innovation...not perfect but its a start and Sammy is really brining it!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 21:01 2

32. MeoCao (unregistered)


Agree, it may have other application that we yet to find out.

But I think as of now flexible screen is not the best solution for phones.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 02:38 2

36. schinnak (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Well, we said big screens and less buttons are not practical for mobiles. Look where we are now. Given enough support, flexible screens can be the next big thing on mobiles and tabs.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 01:33

47. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I think these flexible displays paired with Cornings upcoming willow glass would be a good combination.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 10:13

39. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:50 2

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No one says that this display from beginning will be for a phones, there is more devices in a world than only a phones.

Using OLED technology make flexible display relatively isn't so hard, better news would be if they could improve organic compounds.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 10:27 1

40. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No wonder Apple isn't taking part of this, there will be nobody to Sue over candy bar with round edges with a flexible display

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:13 2

42. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The article clearly states "we still don't have flexible motherboards, or flexible batteries, so don't expect fully flexible phones just yet." as for the body/casing of phones there are plenty of materials on the market which could be used to make a flexible body. The big plus here is finally having a display, which we won't have to worry about getting cracked, when our lovely devices get dropped. We all know what a pain this can be.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:18

44. nasznjoka (Posts: 329; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


laumia z gon be with the flexible body too

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 03:29

48. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


That would be disgusting. Sorry to say that bro.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:14

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2109; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Why would you want a flexible phone?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:34 4

8. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


who said you have to use a flexible screen for a phone? Maybe someone can use it to make single sheet flexible e-reader someday.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:46 1

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Exactly!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:47

16. MeoCao (unregistered)


The article says SS will make the flexible screen for phones.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:56 1

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


First of all the article don't say that Samsung will make flexible display for a phone. Where do you see that?

Primary source is Samsung not author of the article and Samsung did not made any official statements that first device with a flexible display will be a phone.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:16 5

27. MeoCao (unregistered)


"but Samsung could be the first to make a flexible smartphone display"

Here it is.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 20:47

31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And where it says that Samsung will make flexible display for a phone?

It only says that it COULD BE that...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 21:03 1

33. MeoCao (unregistered)


I see, you are right. This is only rumor so of course noting is confirmed just yet.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:04 1

24. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Let's be serious, is a flexible phone more useful or a flexible sheet reader more useful? I serious doubt people will pay good money so that they can have a bendable to show off. Companies will be better off spending their R & D on bendable paper instead.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:19

45. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Last time I checked paper was already bendable. LOL Having this technology could change mobile tech as we know it man. The possibilities are truly endless!

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:00 3

20. jpmcnown (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Sounds like something Steve Jobs would ask. Why do you need a flash for a camera phone? Why do you need a larger display on a phone? Why do you need a tablet smaller than 9.7"? The answer to all of these questions is, because, with the exception of iPhone owners, consumers typically know what they want, more than an arrogant CEO.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 01:31

46. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Well some CEO's like to shove crap down our throats too.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:21 2

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6249; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This will be awesome I just hope they put it in their SGIV next year. This is the phone I've been waiting for OLED. organic light-emitting diodes. hopefully it will be better and sharper than the AMOLED PLUS

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:21

4. AstronautJones (Posts: 249; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Don't even know that the phone does need to be flexible. Biggest draw of this type of display would be as Michael said-more durable, scratch and impact resistance.
But, a phone with a flexible body/keyboard would be more durable as well..

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 20:33

30. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Holy crap it is a micheal h article. I didn't realize since the words "cupertino" "apple" and "iphone/pad/pod" were not heavily inserted.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:22 6

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And Samsung should get ready to be sued by Apple as they already have a patent for flexible screens. And it's not just smartphone or tablet with flexible screens but just about any ELETRONIC Devcie.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57521482-37/apple-patent-roundup-siri-and-flexible-displays/

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:34

7. alouden (Posts: 188; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


:-).

You beat me to it. I was going to say that surely there is a lawsuit coming because of this. Anything with a screen is patented by apple....

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:38 2

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Only in the US of A. Rest of the world they get spanked badly ... remeber UK recently ... there it was double spank ...

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:01

21. alouden (Posts: 188; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Patent law is not my specialty. I am quite ignorant to be honest. But isn't the idea to patent the process and not the idea?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:14 1

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No longer. Patent is a piece of creative writing submittable and endorsed by patent office.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:30

6. mydi.maus (unregistered)


huuh?!where the battery/headphone jack gonna be @?? i dont think we have reach there yet..

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:44

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5471; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No one says that this display from beginning will be for a phones, there is more devices in a world than only a phones.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:40

11. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Doesn't the display have to be protected by another sheet of glass? If so, then there will be no difference to regular displays. if not, then how durable is the display?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:49

17. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Samsung loves plastic ... or cheap plastic as guys from other side of fence shout from rooftop. So display also would go plastic
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887324556304578116392091283994-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwMzExNDMyWj.html

And when Apple clones it then plastic (only Apple's version) would become premium...

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 08:19

38. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Plastic is good. plastic is strong and light. polycarbonate is plastic. Couple that with carbon fibres and it is almost perfect.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:00

41. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


yes this is known to those who are on this side of the fence ... on the other side glass and aluminium rules at least as of now :)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 18:42

12. imkyle (Posts: 980; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


That would be sick.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:02

22. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


how much are they gonna want for this....2fingers and ur big toe?

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 19:11

25. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


There are no flexible displays on the market yet because they still had enough improvements to include in every new generation of product. Resolution, size, brightness... when they spend all those steps of visible improvements, they will need to have their screens flexible or add shaving blades to a phone.
As far as technology is concerned, we could have had full hd flexible displays years ago, just like we could have had monochromatic displays on phones today if there was less competition... It's all about the money.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 20:08

28. lyndon420 (Posts: 1713; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Wrap that sucker completely around the phone with the seam at the back where it could meet up with a long thin customizable L.E.D. right in the center for notifications etc.

(i think I just peed a little)

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 21:22

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


lyndon420, that would be so cool. I bet it could happen by 2014. 2013? If the Corning/Samsung partnership made some breakthroughs last year like some old rumors said, then...maybe.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 21:28

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


You know what? I wouldn't mind a 5.3 inch flexible shatter resistant 1080p display on one side and a 5.3 inch flexible shatter resistant e-ink display with glow light on the other side with extremely thin bezels. Throw in Samsung's 128gb flash storage and we have a monster multi-media device. What the Hell, toss an S-pen in there.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 03:30

37. tec-seeker (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)


I wonder how will a phone with that display look like

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 15:14

43. nasznjoka (Posts: 329; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


the s4

posted on 03 Dec 2012, 12:25

49. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Samsung better hurry up & patent that if that haven't already. Need to beat Apple to something.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 10:36

50. molanjames (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


If this makes phones much less prone to damage when dropped, and if they make them waterproof too, this is a big step forward in general phone durability

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 18:08

51. zegarek (Posts: 6; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


Well, flexible, full colour and even mid-dpi displays would make possible things like this:
1.The e-book reader can be folden into a shape suitable for your pocket.
2.The qwerty keys can turn into specific games' buttons, app icons or change alphabets while covered with the display and transparent rubber, not font paint and rubber.
3.Snap-on smartphone cases can change colours and patterns, can display 'live' patterns.
4.You can change the picture on your t-shirt
5.Products with animated labels.
6.You can drop or throw someone your phone not being scared of scrathing or cracking.
7.Animated banners hools-proof.
8.Sails with animated banners.
9.A tent with a build-in TV.
10.Screens everywhere, on everything (current ones are to heavy and sensible to build them into bus' walls, and these ones would be even the same shape as the vehicle)
11.You can fold your 50-inch telly and take it to the toilet with you, no need to stop the movie.
12.You can tie a robber with your tablet.

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