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Samsung starting to make the first flexible AMOLED displays this quarter?

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Samsung starting to make the first flexible AMOLED displays this quarter?
Remember Samsung promised us devices with flexible AMOLED displays this year? We might well get those device - the Korean company is now said to be starting production of flexible display panels this quarter, according to local news outlet DDaily. 

Samsung earlier revealed those new panels will be named Youm, and now we know they will be very thin at just around 0.6mm. That’s nearly three times less than current panels that are 1.8mm thick.

Interestingly, it seems that the first production run will have the displays covered with a piece of old rigid, inflexible glass.

So, yes, we might have devices with flexible displays, but not really. The displays would still be protected by the rigid glass so you won’t be able to actually play around with the flexible part. So while this might be coming in 2012, the truly flexible screens that you can play with on devices are expected to arrive later, maybe in 2014.

source: DDaily via TheVerge

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:41 3

1. hateftotti (Posts: 135; Member since: 03 May 2011)


WoW.It can be on Note2.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:44 7

2. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


you are an idiot

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:01 7

5. dcgore (Posts: 203; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Takes one to know one.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:25 1

22. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


ditto

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:45 13

3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


IMO... this is just a gimmicky product. Although, I do think it is very innovative.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:14 8

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


We may not see the real benefits right now, but this is huge. Imagine when they can improve the strength of the film.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:38 4

9. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


It is innovative. The possibilities are unlimited but it seems your mind is limited and this is not a gimmick. Made of brushed aluminium, glass etc these are real gimmicks.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:56 2

24. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


@PackMan

My mind is not limited... I can see the possibilities and I stated that this was very innovative. I just think that in its current state its just a gimmick.

I've seen video of flexable screens, when bent, would perform different actions.... seems cool but in my opinion kind of useless. This will be a fad much like the old nextel push-to-talk.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:35 2

28. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


Yea... you still don't get it lol no gimmick at all, its new technology that can be implemented through out. I guess the invention of paper is also a gimmick, we should have kept writing on sheets of stone.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:50 3

29. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Am I going Crazy!!

I am not saying that the technology is not innovative or lacks potential. i am saying that in its current state it is lame.

Please tell me how this is going to be awsome???? IN ITS CURRENT STATE????

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 23:07

34. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


its not innovative, but its different

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 12:31

41. Joshua9007 (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I agree with you but will give these people something to really think about when they are trying to argue.

1.) We do not have enough technology to have a truly flexible circuit boards, or more importantly the processors on them.

2.) The batteries in phones are now taking up almost half of the device and they are not flexible either!

3.) The body of current phones are also not flexible, and for most applications it is important to have a case to protect the screen, phone or not.

4.) Corning is working on their 'Willow Glass' that will be flexible and scratch proof (and hopefully crack proof) but it is not commercial yet.

Until all of these components can bend with the screen, there are only a few important things we can learn from this advancement... The screens are going to be extremely thinner, which is good for making thinner phones. The display is no longer ridged, so it SHOULD be less prone to breaking due to a fall. And lastly, flexibility will most probably not make it to cell phones in the near future because it would be tough to deliver and not very useful.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:00 3

18. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I had to give you a +1 just because of your avatar.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:22

26. MEeee (Posts: 216; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


With this technology, you can convert the 4.8" display Galaxy S4 into a 9" tablet.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:47

36. Izoe (Posts: 104; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


not gimmicky at all. imagine you dropping your phone, the only thing likely to break will be the digitizer(glass) but your LCD will remain intact. this will make your phone usable even after it is damaged and reduce cost of repair since you only have to replace the glass.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 17:39

37. pkiran1996 (Posts: 165; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Just because it may not benefit YOU doesn't make it a gimmicky product

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:55 4

4. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Not much gimmicky, which is the most fragile phone part? The screen. If after breaking it I will just need to buy a new, less expensive piece of glass instead the whole touchscreen I'm in.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:02 3

6. Aeires (unregistered)


Sounds to me like they figured out how to make them, just haven't figured out how to use them.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:20 4

8. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Is Apple has flexible screen Patent??

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:43 5

15. plgladio (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Not yet, but they are about to apply soon after Samsung releases.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:01 2

25. Fallout09 (Posts: 413; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


So true.... Apple loves them some1st to patent items. Who cares if it has been on the market for 10+ years? That reminds me of an Eddie Izzard joke about the British explorers finding indigenous cities and claiming them for Brittan because they didn’t have a flag.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 15:45

31. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


apple never share their new ideas with anyone....they may be working on something very innovative but they won't reveal it until its patented.......these flexible screens look very innovative because they could make those screens crack proof......apple is also working on a crack proof screen but i don't think its flexible.....right now, they don't have any flexible screen patent

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:01

10. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


it will not break atlest due to flexibility

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:01 4

11. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


sony should use these amoled to really make a new xperia arc
because sony can then arc the screen :D

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:19 1

12. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


to mkae true flexible phone...not only display but other parts should also be flexible...battery, soc etc.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:32

14. aaronkatrini (Posts: 237; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


not quite acctually... you can get the battery, soc, nano-simcard-slot, on the top or on the bottom on the phone and still have the flexible display... Some time ago Nokia came up with a prototype of a flexible phone (i believe not touch-screeen)... even thought still a prototype it felt very cool indeed :)

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:25 1

23. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...to realize such a device...manufacturing process will have to be probably femto level...and huge improvement in battery tech is required so that entire board is finished in size of lower phone bezel...Its gonna take quite some time!

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:30

13. AbhiD (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


aceept it or not... the next samsung device with flexible display is going to be really expensive!!! i won't spend extra bucks just for the sake of unbreakable display.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 11:45

16. edhill86 (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


i presume they are using the glass over the top to protect it while they mass test the hardware to see what issues it has jut being used as a screen before it is used as a bendy screen

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:00

17. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


now that's what we call an innovation. just hope that the device that will have this technology is not made entirely out of cheap plastic

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:14 1

19. Cerberusa2a (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Shut up and take my money

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:15 1

20. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Didn't Nokia show a flexible device already before Samsung?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:19

21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 638; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Thats a concept...

I guess the flexible display will be used in next Sammy's Nexus device and may NOT in Note2...

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:51

33. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Yeah like flying cars..

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 13:23

27. MEeee (Posts: 216; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


With this technology, you can convert the 4.8" screen Galaxy S4 into a 9" tablet.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 14:49 1

30. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The Future

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 16:22

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6220; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I remember seeing that sreen from CES either 10' or 11'. THIN AS A PIECE OF PAPER. love the contrast on that screen. think I'll wait when they add AMOLED on their next GALAXY device. don't feel like rushing out buying anything right now

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 04:22

35. Tonivstono (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


We'll just have to see...If It was real or it just imagination.....:D

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 18:36

38. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Guys I know this is a bit out of topic here but I need some phone advice . I currently have the SGSIII and the iPhone 4s and the BB bold 9900 all in white and I have the Nokia n9 in blue . I am thinking about selling my n9 and getting an htc one x international . I love everything about it I just have a question : are there any free tegra games and is the camera rlly as bad as they say

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 05:16

39. Tonivstono (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


U already have the best phone(S3)....Dont buy it yet....U should wait for the iphone 5 or the note 2 or sth......Believe me.....you won't regret.....:D

posted on 22 Jul 2012, 07:06

40. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I will take your advice

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