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What's in it for me? Flexible OLED display phones explained

0. phoneArena 07 Oct 2013, 08:50 posted on

Now that the first flexible display phone panels are official from both LG and Samsung, let's examine what they are going to bring to smartphones like the LG G Flex and the Galaxy Round, or, eventually, tablets down the road. One of the big promises of the OLED screen technologies was precisely the fact that they don't need backlighting like the LCD ones, and can be laid on a plastic, instead of a glass substrate. That's where the "bendable" and "unbreakable" adjectives in the flexible display description come from - since it is essentially a ziplock bag of sorts, the whole panel can fold to a certain extent. One of the big promises of the OLED screen technologies was precisely the fact that they don't need backlighting like the LCD ones, and can be laid on a plastic, instead of a glass substrate...

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posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:54 12

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Good stuff, Daniel. Curved display doesn't wow me much, thinner, lighter, cheaper, less reflective, and more durable does.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:06 12

5. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


ALL Hail KOREAN giants SAMSUNG and LG :-)
After them only only any brand can come after .

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:51 10

9. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Lol... there is nothing ground breaking about Samsung and LG flexible display, in 2010 Sony already announced the world first rollable OLED Display is just 0.08mm and with 4mm bend radius.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:57 16

10. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


If it was such an innovation then where are they and why has no one heard of it?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 10:29 7

13. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


where are they now??
why no one talk about it?
why we dont see it in the market?
why sony keep struggling with poor display?
first of this or that doesnt make it something.
sells record and profit does.
2010 ohhh sony the 1st, 2013 samsung LG make 1st flexible display and sony?.... krikkk krikk krikk, i'm watching the moon and hear crickets sound singing out loud

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 10:41 8

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


So where are the flexible Sony products? Rolled under the terrible viewing angles? LOL.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 10:48 2

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


If I told you that I was building a flying car and Ford came out with it first I doubt that I would receive credit for it. Being first to market with consumer grade product is everything.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 11:12 2

16. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Testing in the lab is not ground breaking !
making commercially available is what ground breaking.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 11:57 5

19. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 626; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


What is wrong with u people? Sony fan says Sony did it first.. Samsung fan claims Samsung did it...
Ok.. Lets say, Sony did it 1st... Did it benefit you in any way? Was it mass-produced? Did u ever use it?
This article shows that Samsung & LG have started adopting flexible displays in real devices & is in mass-production.. Now it can be useful to us in near future. It can open doors to new innovation. (May be they can be used as unbreakable, waterproof, dustproof, durable, longlasting & not only in mobiles but also in desktops, laptops, TVs....)
The least you can do is appreciate that these OEMs are making an effort to innovate & benefit the users.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 02:29

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I was going to reply to your comment but seems like they already nailed you deep down. haha

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 12:14 1

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


oh com'on, Nokia already invented flexible phone and Flexible hardware not only screen, now that's a innovating thing +

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL7ASARTlJI

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 12:39

22. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Dude, where are they now??
why no one talk about it?
why we didn't saw it in the market?
why Nokia keeps struggling? I mean why Nokia is Lying on their Grave LOL? NOBODY Cares about that when Poor Nokia tried that first. So in short, Samsung and LG are Successful with it. Now NOKIA FAILED Again for that! Keep it up Samsung!

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 21:12 1

25. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Its about who innovates first, its not about releasing in market. And how Nokia fail don't u see Nokia flexible phone in video. Put common sense in your brain, grow up then put comments.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 00:28

27. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Its sad to see how you take your opinion to be a fact.
Frankly it will be difficult to know who 'thought' of it first, who tested it first in the labs as there could be a company who tried it in 2005 but never went public with that info.... How can U tell ?
Secondly if a company has the knowledge to create something like this but fails to cash in on it beacause of poor management desisions and let others go ahead, that makes them somewhat a bigger loser

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:46 1

30. akki20892 (Posts: 3244; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Again stupid comments, need to learn common sense.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:58 1

2. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Apart from it being thinner. I don't see it benefiting the end consumer. I can't conceivably think it would be more beneficial to me to have a curved screen. Great it doesn't break. But I still want it a flat form. So in my mind, it's only an improvement on the current flat form of the phone.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:10

6. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


want a detail Article about Flexible and Bendable .

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:50 10

8. Shatter (Posts: 1966; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I broke my phones screen once because it feel out of my car and got slammed in the door. The screen was dead and half the glass fell out, It was a $250 repair. If it was a flexible screen odds are thescreen would of survived and it would of been a $20 repair.

For any Samsung haters the device was an S3 and it survived with no damage or dents to the frame, and it was impossible to tell it was slammed hard with a car door after it was fixed. A device like the HTC one or iPhone would of been crushed/bent.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:58 10

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Thats innovation :-)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:05 4

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


Thanks Daniel and PA team. I was li'l confused about flexible / bendable / curved displays and this helped me, I think this article is prepared for people like me. :)

Good going..keep it up.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:21

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


You were already using the flexible screen...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 10:06

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 259; Member since: 13 May 2012)


The most useful thing a read here is that the screen might draw less power due to OLEDS not needing backlighting like LCDS and the screen should be more difficult to shatter. Now the screen being bendable will not be a deal maker for me I don't think I want to go around bending my phone anyways lol.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 10:13 1

12. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I think this a giant step forward in mobile technology...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 11:35

17. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Does anyone else hear the singers singing AMOLED, or is it just me?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 11:44

18. techguyone (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Only real downsides I can think of right now would be how hard the screen is. i.E. does it scratch easily, that may be a bigger issue to resolve first, nice as the advantages are, you wouldn't want a screen that scratches very easily.

Oh that and the limited lifespan of OLED

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 12:06 1

20. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 199; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


You mean like 3-4 years? I don't know about you but I get a new phone about every 1.5-2 years. So the degradation of the screen is not an issue for me.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 12:43

23. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Thanks a lot PA for this Clear Explanation. Now I can't wait for Samsung to release this. I've been waiting for them to release this in the market since they introduced it in early this year. LOL. Come on SAMSUNG! Please release it, We can't wait to buy it. This is so innovative! And USEFUL Too! So excited :)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 13:19

24. ngo2dd (Posts: 775; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Plastic is still plastic. The screen is made out of plastic so in turn it will scratch easier. You you make it too hard then it will not be flexible. There will be traded off. I will wait and see.

posted on 08 Oct 2013, 07:14

29. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


If average person like u can think that far, I'm sure that their engineers can do more than u.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 22:56

26. tttony (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jul 2012)


Well.. We will see if this is innovation

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