Samsung may deliver flexible displays as soon as next year

Samsung may deliver flexible displays as soon as next year
We've been hearing promises and seeing demos of flexible displays for a while now. So long that it seems as though the tech may never arrive, but a new report is saying that we could actually see flexible displays as soon as next year, and that Samsung could be leading the pack, at least that's what the BBC is saying. 

Samsung is obviously not the only company working on the technology. LG, Philips, Sharp, Sony and Nokia are all working on flexible displays, but the word is that Samsung will be the first to actually ship the displays in products, and it could happen next year. According to the report, LG has already begun mass producing flexible e-ink displays, but Samsung could be the first to make a flexible smartphone display, likely using Samsung's favorite OLED tech. 

Of course, we still don't have flexible motherboards, or flexible batteries, so don't expect fully flexible phones just yet. But, flexible displays would definitely end that whole problem that we saw with the iPhone 4/4S, and that the Nexus 4 is having with cracked glass. Flexible displays are said to be virtually unbreakable. 

source: BBC

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47 Comments

1. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

But what about the phone's body then?

9. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

When you don't have to worry about transparency there are plenty of materials that can protect the phone better than aluminosilicate glass.

14. MeoCao unregistered

That sounds pretty cool, but I really prefer Sony new glass that has 10 times more tension strength than Gorilla. This would help protect the phone even better especially against scratching. Touching the soft screen does not really appeal to me

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Waiting more news about Sony Odin. :)

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

May i just say that this is real innovation...not perfect but its a start and Sammy is really brining it!

32. MeoCao unregistered

Agree, it may have other application that we yet to find out. But I think as of now flexible screen is not the best solution for phones.

36. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Well, we said big screens and less buttons are not practical for mobiles. Look where we are now. Given enough support, flexible screens can be the next big thing on mobiles and tabs.

47. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I think these flexible displays paired with Cornings upcoming willow glass would be a good combination.

39. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!!

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No one says that this display from beginning will be for a phones, there is more devices in a world than only a phones. Using OLED technology make flexible display relatively isn't so hard, better news would be if they could improve organic compounds.

42. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The article clearly states "we still don't have flexible motherboards, or flexible batteries, so don't expect fully flexible phones just yet." as for the body/casing of phones there are plenty of materials on the market which could be used to make a flexible body. The big plus here is finally having a display, which we won't have to worry about getting cracked, when our lovely devices get dropped. We all know what a pain this can be.

44. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

laumia z gon be with the flexible body too

48. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That would be disgusting. Sorry to say that bro.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why would you want a flexible phone?

8. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

who said you have to use a flexible screen for a phone? Maybe someone can use it to make single sheet flexible e-reader someday.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly!

16. MeoCao unregistered

The article says SS will make the flexible screen for phones.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

First of all the article don't say that Samsung will make flexible display for a phone. Where do you see that? Primary source is Samsung not author of the article and Samsung did not made any official statements that first device with a flexible display will be a phone.

27. MeoCao unregistered

"but Samsung could be the first to make a flexible smartphone display" Here it is.

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And where it says that Samsung will make flexible display for a phone? It only says that it COULD BE that...

33. MeoCao unregistered

I see, you are right. This is only rumor so of course noting is confirmed just yet.

24. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Let's be serious, is a flexible phone more useful or a flexible sheet reader more useful? I serious doubt people will pay good money so that they can have a bendable to show off. Companies will be better off spending their R & D on bendable paper instead.

45. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Last time I checked paper was already bendable. LOL Having this technology could change mobile tech as we know it man. The possibilities are truly endless!

20. jpmcnown

Posts: 35; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Sounds like something Steve Jobs would ask. Why do you need a flash for a camera phone? Why do you need a larger display on a phone? Why do you need a tablet smaller than 9.7"? The answer to all of these questions is, because, with the exception of iPhone owners, consumers typically know what they want, more than an arrogant CEO.

46. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Well some CEO's like to shove crap down our throats too.

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This will be awesome I just hope they put it in their SGIV next year. This is the phone I've been waiting for OLED. organic light-emitting diodes. hopefully it will be better and sharper than the AMOLED PLUS

4. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Don't even know that the phone does need to be flexible. Biggest draw of this type of display would be as Michael said-more durable, scratch and impact resistance. But, a phone with a flexible body/keyboard would be more durable as well..

30. Droiddoes unregistered

Holy crap it is a micheal h article. I didn't realize since the words "cupertino" "apple" and "iphone/pad/pod" were not heavily inserted.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And Samsung should get ready to be sued by Apple as they already have a patent for flexible screens. And it's not just smartphone or tablet with flexible screens but just about any ELETRONIC Devcie. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57521482-37/apple-patent-roundup-siri-and-flexible-displays/

7. alouden unregistered

:-). You beat me to it. I was going to say that surely there is a lawsuit coming because of this. Anything with a screen is patented by apple....

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