Samsung delays its flexible displays

Samsung delays its flexible displays
Samsung’s flexible displays that the company hoped to bring to smartphones by the end of the year might be delayed because of an issue with the encapsulation technology.

Problem is that while Samsung has perfected its manufacturing technology, OLED displays also require encapsulation to protect them from moisture and oxygen. Samsung had contracted Vitex System patents for that, but it now seems to have some serious issues with the encapsulation process.

The issue with Vitex technology is that it slows down production significantly and that’s why Samsung is looking for a different encapsulation technique.

“As we have accumulated expertise in this field, progress is being made in substrates as well as encapsulation technology. We have developed a new technology than can shorten the encapsulation process to less than 2 minutes by using the Vitex System-developed encapsulation technology,” Samsung said.

Interestingly, this report comes just days after LG bragged about being ahead in the flexible display race, as it expects to be the first company rolling out the technology.

source: ET News via Sam Mobile

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17 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

There isn't much point in it until every other part gets flexible anyway. This is one thing I'm not too excited about.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Flexible displays will help make the screen more durable. Also, there can be plenty of stuff when the screen can bend all ways around the phone. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M02TJZooSo

5. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Screen is more durable, but not the glass on it. When you break the glass of a screen and send it for repairs, the whole screen unit is being changed, including the actual screen itself underneath, not only the glass (Glass fragments itself would damage the screen underneath already). Many of my friends who broke their screen, the repairs are expensive because no matyter what branf of phone you are using, they change the whole screen unit. So, yes, this is purely a gimmick..

6. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Unless they didn't use glass to protect the screen! *GASP*

10. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

That is not true. Normally when you break the touch screen digitizer the repair shop will change it only if your lcd screen still intact. The saving will be huge. But most of the time you break both, that is where bendable screen come to play with its shock resistance.

12. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah not true for all OEMs. I changed the glass on a GS3 a few months ago for $16 and only needed a hair dryer to remove the broken glass. The LCD was fine but was still able to repair without changing out the LCD. A more durable screen is NOT a gimmick since it's the number one thing that breaks on all phones. IMO this is better for the end user than any material an OEM uses to make the housing.

14. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Thanks. It's sad when innovation is made, there are people to try and shut it down. Flexible oled technology will be so revolutionary in the second and third generation it will impact how we view video

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

LG like to interferring with Samsung smartphone business. LG put a big poster on top of Samsung Galaxy S4 introduction in New York City and 2 days ago LG said they will launch flexible display this year end, it is just a rumor. If Samsung can't produce it LG can't produce it either. Shut up and stay away from Samsung, you crazy LG's CEO.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, be patient! Chill...... We can't believe too much on rumors, it may be real, but it may be fake! LG will definitely launch flexible displays, same as Samsung! Why? Because they are Korean! They "live" in the same country, if Samsung can make it, LG can make it too! :)

7. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

We need LG to say stuff like this, so that the pressure is on Samsung to rapid up innovative production. Again in the land of samsung just to survive lg has to behave like this.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I've always considered lg and sharp to be ahead of Samsung in the display game.

8. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

This is to futuristic for now...i mean come on,we still need (want actually) 4k screens and wireless charging.I mean like really wireless,so you can move in a room and your phone charges on energy waves.Well ,i guess that my fantasy won't happen soon...

13. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Fortunately the 'true' wireless charging is not just a concept, but does work in practice. There are some major hurdles to overcome though... I forgot the specifics, but I think the magnetic waves disrupt certain electronic devices, wiping or corrupting data -- even permanently damaging them. If that's something that cannot be overcome, then we'd have to wait until the whole world moves entirely to solid state tech and beyond, and that... well, thats gonna take a hell of a long time.

15. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Wireless charging is nothing new. There's just no reason to implement it because it adds additional costs to the manufacturing process. I think The biggest hurdle for mobile tech is bandwidth and battery tech. Please watch minority report for reference on how Samsung and steal g is pioneering something amazing

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Even if LG manages to come out with it first, that doesnt mean it will be the best and most people will probably just hang back until something alittle more mainstream comes. For us techies, we might just want to grab at it just because. I am very interested in how the tech will mature but it has got to be applied to more than just some rigid structures.

16. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Steal g reminds me of Sony from the nineties. Amazing engineers and technology but horrible integration and even worse ability to market their products. LG makes comparable display panels with Samsung. It's just they don't seem to know how to market their stuff or keep people interested the way Samsung does.

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LG brings technology early and announces as being very first but launches / releases their handsets very late and that's why it's behind Samsung. Even the updates are bit slower than any others.

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