New Samsung patent illustrates a foldable smartphone display

New Samsung patent illustrates a foldable smartphone display
Back in 2013, Samsung demo'd its so-called YOUM flexible displays for the first time, and it appears it may be getting closer to actually turning those into an actual, commercially-available product.

A new Samsung patent application, uncovered by Patently Mobile, details a flexible display that can bend both forward and backwards without snapping in two (or more) pieces. What's even more interesting is that Samsung has also apparently found a way to allow users to keep the bent screen in place -- so it can be used as an alarm clock on your night stand, or something among those lines. The approved patent was filled back in February this year, but it's only now that the US Patent and Trademark Office is making the information publicly-available. 

This is not the first time we hear of Samsung's (or its cross-town rival, LG's) intentions to pursue flexible displays for use in future smartphones, and, at this point, it's hard to argue that both companies mean business. Seeing as both companies have extensive experience with display manufacturing, and both currently find themselves in a position in which they need another big break (LG wants to grow, while Samsung is struggling to keep its empire as profitable), we're probably assured to see that particular technological niche continue growing and improving. That said, it's probably going to be a few good years before gadgets previously reserved for science fiction become widely-available.


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9 Comments

1. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

flip phones!!

2. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

This is interesting, but will not happen any time soon. For now we have Alpha to be called as premium device. Huh. Samsung is loosing the game here, they are just forcing same design again and again.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As far as I'm concerned, Samsung is really the only OEM that seems to be pushing the barrier when it comes to displays. Bendable screen should without a doubt be more durable than a Sapphire screen.

7. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Sorry but from last 1.5 years Sammy has done nothing that interests most of the guys here. These patents are floating here and there from years, what dis we see is Samsung Round which was not released globally.

8. BlankSpaceNai

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Most of the guys here arent intrested purely though other reasons though, not because someone is bringing out some new ideas for their lineup of tech. Its excited REGARDLESS of who it is when something new is in the works. Its about the posibilities and advancements in our gadgets that intrests people, and just because it involves a brand name, shouldnt lessen that. Thats like scoffing at someone making a vaccine to something, but everyone 'ignores it' because its made by Geico.

3. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

That's nice but can they do the same to the battery and mainboard?

4. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yeah!! The return of flip phone

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

True innovation!

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Wow. Now thats flexible, not just round. Looking nice!

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