Samsung Galaxy Skin concept combines flexible AMOLED display with bendable batteries for twisted fun

Samsung Galaxy Skin concept combines flexible AMOLED display with bendable batteries for twisted fun
Now don't raise your hopes too high that we will be seeing such a phone in the near future, but the designer Heyon You has drawn a pretty great concept of what Samsung might do with its flexible AMOLED displays one day.

The concept is called Samsung Galaxy Skin, since it flexes, bends and adjusts to the task at hand. There are two fairly rigid sides, and a flexible screen in the middle, so that a number of shapes and poses variations are possible, depending whether you are listening to music, using the GPS in your car, or projecting images from the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Skin is also meant to be super thin and to use a special version of Google's mobile OS, called Android Flexy, which adjusts the interface according to the phone's current position and the app it is running, as in the renders below:

We'd straight out dismiss this concept as the usual designer daydreaming, not so much because of the extended flexible display radius shown in the concept (we are sure Samsung will be improving on that more and more), but mainly because we thought that batteries will be rigid in the foreseeable future. Flexible printed circuits are finding their way both in the lab and in real life applications, but batteries?!

Now Stanford university came out with a transparent Li-Ion battery that is also quite flexible, and will be perfect for placing into a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Skin one day.

The good part is that these flexible batteries retain capacity almost as good as the metal collector-based ones we use in our smnartphones now, and are not going to cost much more to manufacture either. Watch the transparent flexible batteries demo in the Stanford video below, and dream of the times we will have phones like the Samsung Galaxy Skin concept in our hands.

source: Yankodesign & Ubergizmo



1. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

wow, interesting.

2. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

this is what im waiting for :P

3. ihatelie unregistered

dot is noice

4. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Samsung is going to rule the cellphone world in near future :)

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I bet Apple now wishes they didn't sever the partnership they had with Samsung! lol

16. Laurynas unregistered

What partnership? Apple was just buying manufacturing services from Samsung.

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

By working together in any aspect or form, makes them business partners. The iPhone 4 is a Samsung phone with an LG screen. (Retina display)

22. Laurynas unregistered

Why do you say that iPhone 4 is Samsung phone?

23. Laurynas unregistered

@SuperAndroidEvo "By working together in any aspect or form, makes them business partners." Samsung and Apple is not a business partners because they are two separate companies and each of them work for themselves. In current situation Samsung is seller of manufacturing services and Apple is a client who buys thise manufacturing services. For example if I buy milk from supermarket, that doesn't mean that I and supermarket are business partners...

28. sabarish unregistered

Apple's Iphone4 use Samsung owned Hummingbird processor which are nothing but the same used in Galaxy S, Wave S8500 and S8530. But, Apple did some minor tweaks in it, renamed it and calls it as A4 processor. Also, the memory modules used in iphone4 are brought from two companies: Samsung and Toshiba.

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

lol his name is He-On-You. Had to take a double take at that. But i'm looking forward to the day this concept becomes a reality. Let this be a lesson to HTC, Apple, Moto, etc... TAKE RISKS! Its 2011 and we have a hundred of the same devices with "upgraded" tech. I'd like to see more than just an upgrade. I want an overhaul.

7. MarcACraw unregistered

smnartphones lol

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

that looks quite awesome

9. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

not going to lie that's freaking cool!

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats pretty cool. anyone remember the flexible stretchable nokia concept from a few years ago? kinda reminds me of that but with an actual display lol

11. alecgale

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

they did patent this right? we don't need apple acting like they rule the smartphone world again

17. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Nothing in this article had anything to do with Apple. geeze

29. ElStellino

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

True, nothing in this article has to do with Apple, but let me slice down thinner what alecgale said and why: Apple is notorious for patenting stuff that already exists and try to pass themselves as the inventors of it. Even their iPhone was a copy of the LG Prada on the market one year later. Apple, enforcing this stupid patents doesn't allow other producers to market their products. So, did Samsung patent this (before Apple does it and then sues them)? Claro?

12. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

Meh, I'll stick with fully solid phones

13. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

this is pretty sweet but can you imagine the price tag!

15. Laurynas unregistered

OLED technology is relatively young and screens based on OLED technology have some really essential disadvantages. My advice would be to improve OLED technology before releasing more OLED technology based screens into the wide world.

18. rameezstar4783

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I phone isnt the smart phone king but it is completely different and special from others

19. rameezstar4783

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

This will never happen in this century

20. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I smell cancer causing chemicals in that fragile lithium ion battery. ;)

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

then NFC wont allow it to pass.....

26. Jean-Luc unregistered

Omg im gonna have to re-buy all my apps when i migrate =(

27. banurx unregistered

Nokia has very similar concept ages ago NOKIA 888 but this one is much cooler and working on Android OS. So this could be next marketing bulls eye :)

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