Bend it like Samsung: 5.5" flexible HD screen on tap for CES 2013

Bend it like Samsung: 5.5
Samsung let us play with bendable OLED screens a couple of times at CES and other expos, but so far the best it could muster with a plastic substrate has been the 4.5" WVGA screen we were folding last year in Las Vegas.

Not that we are belittling the flexible display achievements, but with today's rigid smartphone screens clocking HD or even Full HD resolutions for the high-end spectrum, the WVGA unit didn't stand much chance in that respect.

Enter CES 2013 in just two short weeks, where Samsung is said to showcase a 5.5" 1280x720 HD screen that can bend and do yoga exercises. Awesome, ain't it? The company will also reportedly bring a 55" flexible screen that is aimed for TVs and such, indicating that the work on actual devices with its bendy panels is progressing nicely.

Samsung had mentioned that the 5.5" yogi can bend until the edges meet, but can't be rolled, but since we can't roll the other electronics in a smartphone either, it's no biggie, just bring it to market in a handset already - at this size the HD resolution means 267ppi, which will be more than decent for a durable, flexible OLED display already.

source: CNET

FEATURED VIDEO

25 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

As long as it doesnt scratch like resistive screens.

21. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

as long as the battery holds up stronger than anything else

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is the most innovative product samsung has ever made! I can't wait to see it on future generation smartphones!

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i dont get it.......how is that going to be of any use when it will be in a phone or tv that doesnt bend??? what are we going to be able to take it out and play with it or something?

5. smartphonemad

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

It probably won't break as easy if dropped

6. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

But do we really want/need bendable display? I want gadgets as hard as possible ;)

13. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

my only possible use for this is for big screen displays. so they can bend it at corner of large buildings.

15. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You lack vision. Just because you can not see a use today, doesnt mean there isnt a use for you tomorrow.

22. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Yes we want and need bendable displays because they will last longer and more durable. Some people insurance ends faster than the life of their television.

23. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Would it make a difference if some other company came up with this technology?!

12. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

this will not be good since it's plastic maybe it will be resistive not capacitive.

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

this is the start. Others have already bent batteries. Also, there's a wire that's stretchable. Wait a couple of years and we might see a bendable phone. But what I want is a bending phone when you want it to bend and stays sturdy when you want it to stay that way.

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i mean its cool and all but its these types of things that samsung focuses on that are specifically the "gimmicks" that was talked about sometime ago............they're "cool" but are they "necessary" is the question.....one thing it sure is doing is getting people to believe that, what we "want" is what we need! ...When what we NEED is certainly not what we want..... :( and one thing you mentioned was "the future" ....well thats correct but just like what they're doing now.......are these things aiming for things we will NEED in the future rather than what we are just simply selfish about and think we need them? And in reality we are just being tech hogs or just flat out greedy for more of what we "want"....

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

continue............i sense more selfishness involved with samsung more than i do "self LESS ness"......sorry

17. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Stop bashing Samsung for once and freaking use your brain! Since this tech is bendable, it makes the screen basically unbreakable in everyday situations - if the glass cover cracks, the screen bellow will stay usable and you won't have to pay for the entire digitizer! To put it easy for you - this means a MUCH CHEAPER AND EASIER REPAIR

18. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Well said that man, thankfully his kind are the minority. So when Sony does it, it's ok and not considered a gimmick?

19. SleepingOz unregistered

Such an ignorant biased hater. Always trying to bash Samsung with invalid arguments. Try harder next time, if you can..

20. anshul0000 unregistered

dont appreciate innovation?

4. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

NOW . patent that before iBend

7. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

One of the BIGGEST innovation ever. Saammmyy made it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yiiiipppiiieeeeeeee!#$$

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i don't appreciate huge screen that much... 3.5-4.5 it's normal bigger than that it's humongous! Like a small tablet

14. flyboy21

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

i just don't understand one thing the display can band so far so good but a phone isn't made just from a display there is the battery which is not bendable there is the body that is not bindable there are many things that can not band on a phone so what is all that excitement about a bendable display

16. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

FYI...A transparent flexible battery has already been developed by another company. Google it. A bendable phone body should be an easy problem to solve.

24. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

what's the use of this bendable screen anyways? will they make a bendable phone??

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I'm thinking its more durable than a regular screen? I dont think any of us really know. All we really know is its bendable...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.