Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?

Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?

With an impending release of at least two devices with flexible screens (or curved, if you will), courtesy of the South Korean tech duo, LG and Samsung, hype appears en-route to its peak, until, finally, it will inevitably plateau as emotions give way to facts.

Said to have finally mastered what can be best described as tech out of fiction, the aforementioned two rivals have finally entered the latest stage of their rush to market – mass production, and soon: at least partial availability to the everyday consumer.

At a time like this, it appears only natural that we start asking some rather essential questions. Surely, the usefulness of the new technology, for example, is a top concern for most anybody reading about it, and we have tried to emulate a few case scenarios where we could see flexible screens being useful. Were those exhaustive, and more importantly – convincing? Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or yet another gimmick? You tell us


Are flexible screens going to be something useful, or just another gimmick?

A gimmick for sure
25.07%
It definitely looks useful
43.17%
Can't tell just yet
31.76%

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37 Comments

1. BattalBoy

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Even if you can't actually bend the phone or the screen isn't curved I think it is still a very good idea becasue the phone can be thinner, lighter and the screen won't crack. Can't wait.

18. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

wow, a 1st comment that actually captures the point! +1

33. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

whatever it might b but its gonna b an amoled for sure..so cheers

28. techaman unregistered

its not a good idea for curved unless it liquid metal body plastic curved will brake when stood on or sat on hard surface, normal until that new tech for nano batteries and soft boards are perfected, normal looking phones with this is way better for now foled screen will make it lighter cheaper and unbreakable screen for heavy use and impact resistant, cant wait for drop tests hahaha, its this or sapphire screens which cost $11 per screen vs corning gorilla glass 3 at $ 7

2. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i think for now, it would be more of a gimmick. but in the future when the full potential of it can be realised, than it would be more useful

27. techaman unregistered

ok again its 14 year old tech its not new being made for phone developing since 2003 its less power then lcd and led and most others.

37. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

like i said, FOR NOW, it is going to be a gimmick. until technology develops to the point where the full potential of a flexible screen can be realised (like the Samsung concept of a phone and tablet in one), i dont think it would be THAT useful now. i know it has its benefits like being less power hungry and etc, but it is a fact that RIGHT NOW, the full potential of flexible screens cannot be realised yet

3. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

No shattered screen, but no scratched screen? we'll have to see on that one I think. Else why have we all been clamouring for Gorilla glass the last few years...

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That's my thoughts. If it is "less" breakable since you don't have to use glass, I don't see how it couldn't be useful. I mean I don't see anyone folding this up and putting it in their pocket, but if it is power efficient, and more resilient, I'm game.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It definitely looks useful. Displays can be made physically thinner-stronger-durable-cheaper, allows room for larger batteries and other upcoming hardware technologies to reside inside, makes the phone lighter and we will be able to see much thinner phones in recent future than current one as trend is going for record slimness. :)

31. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

You nailed it! Hope the Samsung Flexible screen phones will be awesome!

5. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Once it makes my phone break and scratch proof and allows room for bigger battery, it's one great innovation. No more shattered dreams, no more constant flat batteries, yummy.

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Every innovation is definitely useful, of course if its used in its best way.

9. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

+1 to you emad!

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

not useful,... in what way useful? its just a start for now but it will be useful in near future..smartphones are just a sample, specs gets improve and screen also. so LG and SAMSUNG will just have to open the gates of flexible screens...

25. techaman unregistered

the tech has been in development for 10 years for phone use back then it was green shades for videos, its useful for weight almost indestructible by normal means, less power no glass screen protecting needed, if you dont see a use for this in all phones and tv, cars navi. then you should not be on this website. sorry to sound rude.

26. techaman unregistered

also forgot to say foleds are grown so its way cheaper to make a phone, plus no more returns with broken screens loss of money for companies, both sides, wrap around your arm for watch and arm bands. clothing ect.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Will be useful for sure, just depends where will be used.

10. Jalil

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Let's wait to be released and then we should judge.

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Almost every thing is gimmick in the starting phase.. because its not mature enough to have daily task .. for eg windowsphone 7 & 8 - they are still :P like samsung smart eye thing which they introduced in Galaxy Series (s3 s4 note 2 and 3) still by the time everything will become usefull and mature for daily task screen display , software, firmware or OS the only reason is adaptation(fast or slow)

24. techaman unregistered

i have been following foleds screen since it started 14 years ago trust me when i say its not in a starting phase.

12. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

It is a step. Another innovation that will lead to another, and another. It is progression. Gadget now, foundation of must-have technology later.

13. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

it is useful beacuse the screen wont crack,the phone will be thiner and lighter,but what about the apps,how are you going to play games,type messages with that curved display,thats the question

14. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

If the screen ain't protected by glass will the OLED be broken if accidentaly hit by a sharp object?

15. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

There's the corning's willow glass for protection of such screens. It is designed such that it can bend in air without breaking.

22. techaman unregistered

no still will not work corning willow is still a second screen you have to have foled screens so they wont brake and power consumption is dropped

23. techaman unregistered

its covered with a plastic semi hard film you would have to use knife blade hard, like all phones it would damage the area it hit, unless you had sapphire protecting screen.

16. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

As long as they don't scratch and feel odd when swiping, it can only bring improvements.

17. DOODpls

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Do a hammer and knife test when that phone is released

21. techaman unregistered

hammer test yes but not so sure on the knife depending on the plastic coating over the foleds.

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