Samsung allegedly shows a 5.68 foldable display at CES, ready for the mass market

Samsung allegedly shows a 5.68 foldable display at CES, ready for the mass market
According to industry sources, Samsung has demonstrated the world's first viable foldable display in the Encore hotel in Las Vegas yesterday. That's apparently a different one than the flexible displays on the Galaxy Round or LG G Flex.

It is still made with a plastic substrate, but uses film-like polyimide (PI), which bends much easier. Moreover, Samsung has integrated a metal mesh touch layer in the display itself, and not an indium tin oxide (ITO) film, which deteriorates when bent, especially at the curved area. Thus it has managed to achieve a 5.68" foldable prototype, which doesn't deteriorate the image quality at the bending area, even when folded many times over.

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

Evidently the analysts, VIPs and potential clients that were there for Samsung's presentation, were taken by surprise at how advanced Samsung's bendable display is. We had a Samsung VP quoted in November, who said that foldable devices will be on the market in 2015. “To commercialize a foldable display, we need to ensure enough restoring force to prevent any functional and performance-related problems when the display is folded and opened thousands of times,” commented an industry insider privy to Samsung's presentation. “The showcased product is only a prototype. However, it is a great achievement that a foldable display has been realized." 

Samsung researchers demonstrated how they managed to crack the code of the bending area, so that the both the physical structure of the panel, and the image, don't deteriorate even after thousands of openings. It doesn't become very clear whether the prototype shown was 5.68" in folded state, but we certainly hope so, as that's a diagonal phones like the Note 3 ship with, and they are rather manageable as is. Now a tablet that folds into a 5.7" phone - that would be something to look forward to next year.

Seamless foldable display research

Seamless foldable display research


source: ETNews via G4Games

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46 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Welcome to the future!!

20. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Go Sammy go !

33. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Man this isnt happening! When are they rolling this gizmo out? Oh yean almost forgot...way to go Sammy!

2. FeRoZ

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Im not a sammy fan anymore but a foldable tablet of 5.7 inch wud b v cool just gt ur As''s outa here n working n bring da damm thing 2 market :-))

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Note 3 Fold Edition!

4. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

cool 9" phone that fits in your pocket. late 2014 please.

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

This is flexible!! Not the curve gimmick

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

after a thousand fold and crack.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wut??

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

the glass part is already cracked/not connected. the only problem is the material between the fold. how long will it hold?

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

hmm, good point durability does count. It could also fold up to a point where the screen would not be flat anymore. There are so many factors to consider here

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Problem will Apple fan objectivity. No one actually own a foldable screen but Apple talk about it not lasting. Give yourself a break! Have a kit kat!

31. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You definitely have some issues going on and all I know is it's not close to being okay, if anyone expresses a view that doesn't get along with what you understand at least try explain why you don't agree with that.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And if Apple show it first then what?; "God gift to mankind!?" Just saying you are like the hundreds of Apple fans that I met in my life. Single minded and like to condemn others. If you learn to look at things positively and objectively then life will be much more present.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Problem will Apple fan objectivity. No one actually own a foldable screen but Apple fan talk about it not lasting. Give yourself a break! Have a kit kat!

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Fold - Fold into your lifestyle?

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Kudos to Samsung but I'm curious how this will play out I mean everyone was dead sure that 3D TVs were the future now, well... their just 3D TVs

12. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Technically, 3D TVs were indeed the future. Which is the present, for us now. Our "future" is more advance, and keep advancing. Looking forward to foldable TV.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

15. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

sony said all their high end TVs are already 3D ready so they already stopped doing the 3D promotions and moved to 4K. 3D has already matured and is already here. people are just not that interested in using it.

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

channels dropping 3D content altogether is your version of being mature? or maybe you just want to turn this into those logical arguments that go around the same points. I'm only saying sometimes it's always a good thing to stop and take a good look at some of these technologies, at might sound mind blowing to a geek but to the mainstream consumer it could just be idk meh.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You may not watch but does not mean the whole world reject 3D. I watch most of my movies in 3D when available. You have such a single threaded mind. Please check out the number of block busters that are release in 3D. I just watch 47 Ronin 3D.

30. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Wow, should I be calling the wambulance? you're coming in way too hard on that one. This is not as black and white as you make it out to be, 3DTVs are still around noone mentioned them being dead but they just didn't take off the way we all expected

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And for TV, LG remain my first choice for their passive 3D tech which I personally prefer it over Samsung.

37. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have both TVs and I have to disagree. From my perspective Samsung has better 3D effect and overall picture with active glasses.... however, I prefer LG's passive (lighter glasses) for longer viewing times (IE Xbox gaming).

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

We are in agreement. I game with Nvidia 3D monitor. So I know active glasses gives better 3D but it darken the display a side effect that does not exist in passive glasses. Anyway, our conclusion is there are people that use 3D often and buy TV base on their 3D preferences.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Samsung has a flush royal in their hands with this. If they patent the technology they will have the industry by the balls. Add a second screen for the outside area to serve in the phone mode, and you get a Holly Grail of the all in one device. Time to buy Samsung stocks!

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now we would be able to fold a 8"-12" tablet/phone and put it into our pocket.

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

This is why I trust Samsung more than Apple. Those "S" will not cut it.

21. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What are you talking about? This is a complete rumor like every other company has. Why in the world did they not show it at the show? It's a prototype and this is the type of stuff you show at CES. I call BS.

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