Handsets with flexible OLED displays to enter pockets next year, says Samsung

Handsets with flexible OLED displays to enter pockets next year, says Samsung
Nokia's Kinetic Labs bendable concept might be three years away from being commercialized, as the researchers said, but Samsung's flexible OLED displays are about to hit mainstream in devices much sooner.

During its quarterly earnings Q&A with analysts, Samsung's spokesperson Robert Yi shed some more light on when are we to see products with the bendy OLEDs that Samsung has demonstrated numerous times and that were said to hit the conveyor belts in 2012. He confirmed that timeframe for the launch of mass production, and even said products are coming hopefully "in the earlier part of 2012". 

Does it mean that after what is shaping to be a monster Samsung Galaxy S III we will be waiting on another eye-popping handset from the Koreans? Likely, since Robert Yi hinted that the "application probably will start from the handset side". Sounds yummy, especially if that "application" has something to do with the bendable OLED without crease in the middle that was demonstrated by Samsung's R&D this year. 

Are we about to see phones that open up to become small tablets, or will Samsung just bring some boutique design, curvy and twisted, for bragging rights? The leaks will guide you, my son, said the Jedi, and took off.

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2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Siri. *psssssssssssssssssssh* crap

4. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

might wanna check the definition of innovation buddy.... "something new and different".... Siri (and most things dealing with cell phones) is much more appropriately referred to as "evolution".... its taken some android features and bolstered an further integrated them. I love all the competition and evolution we're seeing but i wish people would stop referring to everything that happens as "innovative"... that being said, the iphone mightve been the last thing truly innovative.

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

precisely, no innovation in an iphone.

3. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

I hope they put a patent on it Oled for everyone and old lcd for the iLawsuit company

5. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

amen!!

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apple already have a patent for bending things over backwards.....their islaves for example,so they will probably try to sue!

28. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

hahahahaha oh my god that is a classic.

13. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Yea apple is going to copy them alright

23. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Maybe something like this: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Skin-concept-combines-flexible-AMOLED-display-with-bendable-batteries-for-twisted-fun_id20684 I would play anything to get these ultra-cool-space-age stuffs devices...

7. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Now I can look forward to that nifty wrap-around wrist phone I've always been waiting for!

11. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

And where will the battery be? How long can that phone last?

8. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

i don't know but you realize that the phone doesn'need only a display but also HARDware - soc, chips, battery

12. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Those can all be worn on a nifty accessory belt!

10. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

Now they won't need gorilla glass now :D either than that I don't think here's any use in making a phone That has a bendable screen.... Can they make the whole phone bend? Nah... I don't think so

14. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

so, the OLED or AMOLED Is Better ? o.O

22. Leodrade

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

OLED = Organic Light-Emitting Diode AMOLED = Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode The AMOLED tecnology is better because they have higher refresh rates and less power consumption

29. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

And more letters, that's a dead give away...

15. jemolian

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

hope it would be too easily broken...

16. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

It's a slap bracelet that's also a phone that's also a tablet! Let the future come.

17. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Then again, In the future we won't even use our hands.

18. MEeee

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Apple Awarded Slide-to-Unlock Patent. More lawsuits are coming to Androids. www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395316,00.asp#fbid=x2E_1d3pXKJ

21. Evooo

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Ouch...rotten apple.

19. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I wonder what material they will use to make bendable hardware? Bendy phone chips, bendy battery, bendy processors, and bendy fortified glass?

20. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Galaxy Flex, coming your way!

25. joejoe509

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Galxaxy Flexus? haha

26. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Damn, that's even better!

24. joejoe509

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I could care less for bendy phones. To be honest those are probably a year or two off. I'm more intruiged in how INCREDIBLY THIN those OLED screens are!!!! WOW! I'm thinking of a next-gen Nexus with a super thin, curved OLED screen. MMMM... Tasty.

27. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Wow would love to have such a phone.After all its unbreakable.But wont fit my budget...

30. asderin

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

Just amazing what they can develop these days oled tv

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