Samsung demos foldable display concepts, including a phone-to-tablet device

Samsung demos foldable display concepts, including a phone-to-tablet device
Samsung hinted about foldable displays being on tap for 2015 release at its analyst event presentation yesterday, and it has seemingly also showed concept device prototypes to investors.

Unfortunately the demo was locked down for reporters, so we only have third party impressions from the foldable device session, and a few patents and inventions to deduce from. Samsung demonstrated both a foldable phone, and an intriguing device which is phone-sized but can be unfolded into a tablet.

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

Samsung foldable display patent diagram

"The first one they showed us was the size of an S III smartphone which can be folded in half from top to bottom. So like a compact powder used by women,” comments Jae Lee, a Daiwa Securities analyst. “There was also one in the size of a lengthy wallet which can be unfolded on both sides into the size of a tablet computer," he added.

We have to admit we are extremely interested in the phone-to-tablet concept device, as it might one day allows us to fold a tablet in two (or three like the case here) and reach a regular pocketable phone size. Since display with plastic substrates are a fraction of the regular display panels thickness, the device can also be made comparatively slim.

There are many hurdles to overcome until something like this hits the shelves, but one of those we know for sure that Samsung's R&D department has cracked. Back in 2011 it outed a paper explaining how it has managed to create a crease where a flexible OLED would fold, that doesn't degrade the image on the screen with visible "seams". 

Seamless foldable display research

Seamless foldable display research


The prototype was then folded and unfolded 100 000 times without a significant degradation in brightness and image quality at the seam, or at least not one to be detected by the human eye. At the time the researchers said the technology was about two years far from making it into foldable displays, and now we have another two-year timeframe for the actual devices. Chalk us excited about 2015.

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38 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2347; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Dayummm that's pretty cool.. I wouldn't put it in my back pocket tho... Craaaaackk

19. mturby unregistered

boring..this is NOT cool. its just a stupid concept, something they have not been able to create yet, wich means they have not invented yet. Unlike LG and its real flexible phone. They are trying to tell us: remember customers, we will create a flexible display, dont forget that. wich is very pathetic beacuse LG already did it and now samsung is scared.

21. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

are you dumb.....the samsung galaxy round was the first with a curved phone not the LG....dude learn something next time!!

26. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

oh man, lulz this is by far the most nonsensical comment ever to show up on PA

38. mturby unregistered

r u idiot? curved is not the same as flexible!

22. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

The difference is when Samsung create's it, it will actually sell

27. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1, feature phones are coming back baby! yea I'll stick to my smartphone, fair-dos

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hey do u guys seen invisible iPhone lol. I'm talking about iPhone parody.

3. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

making internals foldable is a serious challenge

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

They don't have to be. The two sides are still flat.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea as long as they're mainly flat parts, you can modularized several components.

5. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Reminds me of Nokia Morph days... Damn I like that company

8. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

nokia morph... if only it was made nokias shares would have skyrocketed and nokia wouldntve become so miserable

6. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I like this type of folding or clamp phone kinda bad it looks fat.

14. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Since there's going to be a fold mark in the middle anyway, why can't they just make this phone with two separate flat screens like the old fashion clamp phones instead of a single flexible screen so they can make the phone thinner?

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2325; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Physically speaking, it's impossible to make components such as modules, processors, batteries and circuitry flexible. What they'll do is probably have a portion of the hardware flexible (the crease area) and keep all the physical components on the side of the (crease) area with wires running through it.

15. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Never say that something is impossible.... Lg is already making flexibles batteries....http://goo.gl/W8AmIG With graphene we can make flexible circuits ...http://goo.gl/hzkM13 Lets just wait and enjoy!

9. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

The only thing that worries me with this is (after some usage) getting a crease in the middle of the screen. Its not like we can iron it out

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

THAT'S what I was talking about! The first company that makes this concept truly working, mature and functional, will conquer the market. I would be shocked if Samsung hadn't patented this already.

20. mturby unregistered

it will be LG, and samsung is scared of losing that position.

32. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

You obviously do not keep up with the news about smartphones. Samsung was first with the Galaxy Round. "If only there was a tool..... Some.... thing that information can be looked up on at any time"

34. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Stop!! Ur making so much nonsense

31. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

They both settled their display patent suits. This has been reported on already. I am sure there is some collaboration on the technology use.

11. funyguy

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

This phone is such bulls**t, is an insult for peoples IQ, Samsung should be ashamed of tricking people,

13. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

LOL I kinda have to agree with you. I don't think the technology is yet possible, because its too futuristic of an idea. Samsung is just rackin up hype for something that isn't possible yet. So no point in making ads and stuff about it.

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

We might think it's too futuristic to be true, but maybe they already have a prototype in their R&D lab. Let's wait and see what they will bring us :D I'm actually kind of excited for it. Look back at 2008 when Nokia came out with the Nokia Morph concept and now Samsung is just going to beat Nokia to it. Even though the Nokia Morph is more unreachable at this point. But who knows, because we are not the ones working in those companies' R&D lab. My one concern is after times after times of folding the phone/tablet.... something is going to break eventually.

23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

what the f**k are you guys on....this technology is around but samsung are just putting it together!!

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What am I on? The awesome Summy Train of the Future :D I totally think they can put something out by the end of next year. However, I still concern about the the durability. Any moving or rotating parts are subjected to fatigued failure over time. It doesn't matter it's a flexible part or not.

33. jmonteiro829

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

What is wrong with a company showing the direction that they are moving towards? It is just smart keeping people interested in the technology that they make.

37. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm totally on broad with them :D show me more concept products. Because that's where final product come from

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