Samsung will kick off mass production of flexible displays in H1 2013
Samsung’s display division, Samsung Display Co., has entered the last phase of the development of flexible displays. It is not yet clear how much Samsung has invested in the technology, but it is coming up.
Probably the best thing about plastic flexible screens is that they are much harder to break than brittle glass.
As we are starting to reach a point when resolution on screens becomes more higher than the human eye can discern, phone makers will certainly look for new and different ways to bring innovation and extra value, and finally margins to their products.
The new Samsung displays will use the OLED technology, layered on top of a plastic foil. While Samsung is the first, it is not the only one that is doing research in flexible screen. LG, Sony and Sharp are also developing similar solutions.
source: WSJ, Total Telecom
12. aaronkatrini (Posts: 240; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
That would be more exciting if the acctual phone/device would be all flexible!
13. troutsy (Posts: 293; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
We likely won't ever realize flexible phones in our lifetime. Granted, I'm assuming we're all going to be dead before the end of Obama's presidency.
14. aaronkatrini (Posts: 240; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
You cant make predictions! People in the 50' wouldn't believe you if you said them that in other 50 years they could speak to someone on the other side of the globe. And now that Science is developing more than anytime before I DO BELIEVE THAT IS POSSIBLE WITHIN 5-10 YEARS.
27. troutsy (Posts: 293; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Wiff (Sound of joke whizzing right past).
In 1989, everyone believed we'd have Hoverboards by 2005... and STILL no sign of them. It was in a documentary, I believe it was called "Back to the Future".
2. ElektronicGeek91 (Posts: 105; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I love hearing good news about Samsung.
11. MeoCao (unregistered)
I love hearing about innovation not litigation
26. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i wonder if anyone from samsung sold the tech to a competitor
3. someones4 (Posts: 622; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
make it 1080p and you have the embodiment of perfection. also, someone patent this ASAP.
5. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Its really exciting but a while before we see flexible smartphones as the components inside are still rigid. With that in mind, I think it may be possible to embed electronics to make flexible screens possible in other form factors at the start.
6. Commentator (Posts: 2922; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
A phone with a removable screen would be interesting.
8. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Finally! I hope the first flexible phone isen't named something corny like the "Samsung Flex" or something stupid like that lol. Put a flex screen on Nexus device and I might have to take a break from buying HTCs lol.
10. brucewayne (Posts: 29; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
now this is true innovation.something that Apple lacks bigtime.
other than siri, there is nothin new or innovative at all in their products.i really hope samsung acquires all the patents regarding flexible screens and leave apple gaping..
15. AFnerdTP (unregistered)
so funny.. why are these people commenting about innovation getting thumbed down..?? lol!!
"...why you little!" *thumb down*
17. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1351; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Another Apple fanboy on "thumbing down" rampage. It happes from time to time on some Android articles.
16. Valdomero (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
It would be a huge advancement, no to make the phone fold... but to make haptic feedback a more deep experience.
Imagine the possibilities, making part of the screen to change its structure for braille reading, It sounds stupid but imagine making it available for tablets.
Or for game development that makes the games more immersive with this kind of screen technology.
Go sammy, LG, Sony and the rest!!
Please don't let Apple get the patents.
Apple is evil...
18. Buddhikawi (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)
every innovation they bring.. bundled with Substandard quality...
21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Apple aready has PATENT for flexible displays in US of America where it is easier to steal and patent it seems.
23. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I want this in a phone. As the article stated, flexible is far less prone to breaking.
25. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Can someone please make a decent smart watch now since we have flexible screens coming out next year? I really want one, but no good options available today.
28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They wont because there is no demanding for such technology in global market. ot yet.