Samsung promises retail flexible AMOLED displays next year, other screens line up for yoga classes
This will open the door to all kinds of gizmos, like phones and tablets, being graced with the bendable goodness. While it is unlikely that a truly bendable or foldable phone or tablet will emerge out of this, since we have other physical components that don't do yoga, the new displays will at the very least make our current gadgets more resistant to damage. At least Samsung is fine smashing them with a hammer.
The flexible AMOLEDs are layered on top of special plastic substrates, instead of the classic glass ones, and Samsung will expand mass production of the plastic substrates next year to meet its production goals. That surely opens the door to numerous possibilities, as diverse as lighting fixtures and high-resolution wrist watches, for example.
Samsung is definitely planning to use those in phones and tablets of its own making, too, but if it is also considering wearable phones with the curvy image-producing sheets, like the above-mentioned wrist watches, that would certainly be something to wait for. Still, come on, where is our tablet, whose screen folds or snaps back into a phone format at will? So many movies and design concepts (see the second video) have shown these already, how hard can it be?
source: ETNews via OLED-Display
1. Tillo (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)
How cool is the second video!
Still waiting for that fluid interface in the cellphones and that big screen in the dude's office rocked!
2. Mickel (unregistered)
Windows phone metro UI, anyone?
3. ps1001 (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)
that second video is promo-material from TAT- a swedish software(especially interface) company- BOUGHT BY RIM(blackberry) last year... i think....
also, they developed the original ANDROID-UI.... so big credits go to them.....
4. WirelessCon (Posts: 307; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Lighter and more resistant to damage. Edge-to-edge screens are in our future. A 5.5inch edge to edge screen with a 1.85 aspect ratio and 1080p would be smaller than the Samsung Infuse!
A 5 inch 1.85 aspect ratio 1080p edge-to-edge flexible screen would be the optimum size. It would be smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S II, and far more pocket-able.
Imagine a quad-core edge-to-edge 5 inch flexible android handset.
5. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)
Just because the screen is flexible what about making it capacitive, the batteries, basically every internal part of the phone isn't flexible. Not gonna happen...anytime soon
6. WirelessCon (Posts: 307; Member since: 11 May 2010)
ATTCallCenter, You are correct, but shattered screens will disappear. Although I wonder how scratch resistant these flexible screens will be. If they don't scratch and don't shatter then this is definitely the future of phone, tablet, computer, and television displays.
Yeah, this stock is going to pay-out, bigtime.
10. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
There are flexible batteries and flexible circuit boards, they're just not as far a long as the flexible screens
9. wel (unregistered)
how till apple knocks on the samsung's door begging for this?
or maybe they will sue samsung for again copying their technology....lol
11. Ron Mertens (unregistered)
These are just rumors currently, it's not official yet...