On the tech horizon: Nokia co-developed and demo'd two 5.9-inch foldable displays at SID 2014

On the tech horizon: Nokia co-developed and demo'd two 5.9-inch foldable displays at SID 2014
Few of you will know this, but a week ago, the Society for Display Information (SID) held a week-long symposium/exhibition (Display Week 2014) in San Diego. You may be unfamiliar with this particular venue, but it's actually one of the most popular display tech expo's, and, more importantly, often has representatives from leading companies showcasing novel display technologies.

This year's edition was no exception. While Samsung and LG, thanks to their bendable OLED screen implementations in the Galaxy Round and the G Flex, mostly stole the show in terms of awards, some would argue that another well-known manufacturer had the most intriguing piece of tech on show. As you probably realize already, we're talking about Nokia.

Developed in collaboration with Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL), Nokia showcased two 5.9-inch screens (with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution) that are truly foldable, though they differ in they way you can fold them. More specifically, model number one can be folded in two -- like a book -- while the other can withstand being folded in three (see demo below). 

Obviously, we could speculate that the industry is now one step closer to delivering truly foldable, portable smart products, though it will obviously be a long while until such tech becomes available to your average consumer. Perhaps as importantly, at least when novel tech is concerned, there's no such thing as too much pessimism -- engineering and design difficulties (not to mention cost) often mean that otherwise extraordinarily-looking tech such as this are a fair way off from commercial release. 



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22 Comments

1. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

nokia at it's best

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is nothing.... Check this one out....bendable phone by Nokia http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tuqAzdmsBWE

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Finnish accent is so... Finnish lol

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If they put it in Lumia, then I might just get my first Window Phone :D

3. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

I wouldn't be surprised about Nokia's Technology because most of the time they are the one who have the best idea's like Solar Panel Display. That's why I wan't them to be the King of Phones again in the next years or after the contract of their Mobile Division in Microsoft.

7. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

im loving my note 3 but i feel like nokia is the only company that deserves to be the king. they just need to hire samsungs executives!

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Every company wants Nokia's patents....

5. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

i see bright future for nokia cto office, money from ms they will research more and more and this is just start more are coming. go nokia and show other meaning of innovation

8. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Samsung's gonna sue...

9. darksantacruz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Amazing MSNokia still continues to impress! LG and Samsung just got behind lol!

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

LG and samsung are ahead in this case...particularly samsung...their display is truly flexible... And it can withstand now folds...

12. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

i chennai is loser and match fixed team like samsung and other china brand

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol....there is no match fixing probe on chennai....rather it's on rajastan... Son in law srini is accused of betting you idiot not fixing??? You're all jealous of chennai's success....

18. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

yea gtfo !

13. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nokia was the first oem to show bendable display back in 2011, then samsung and lg follow the trend.

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I know that......but samsung and lg are ahead now...that's fact...

19. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Based on what????? where's your proof?

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

MS had nothing to do with this. This is all Nokia...

20. darksantacruz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

Yeah Nokia you're right

14. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

This is what I would love to see in a smart phone. Closed, say a 4-5" phone. Open it up, it transforms into an 8-10" phone/tablet.

21. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Still dreaming of that Nokia phone concept based on nanotech. Foldable, self-charging, self-cleaning. Etc

22. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

ahh... i've got a feeling that flip phone will come back.... nostalgia, that awesome feel when someone texted you or calling you and grab it inside your pocket and flip it.... :))))))))))))))

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