Samsung starting to make the first flexible AMOLED displays this quarter?

Samsung starting to make the first flexible AMOLED displays this quarter?
Remember Samsung promised us devices with flexible AMOLED displays this year? We might well get those device - the Korean company is now said to be starting production of flexible display panels this quarter, according to local news outlet DDaily. 


Samsung earlier revealed those new panels will be named Youm, and now we know they will be very thin at just around 0.6mm. That’s nearly three times less than current panels that are 1.8mm thick.

Interestingly, it seems that the first production run will have the displays covered with a piece of old rigid, inflexible glass.

So, yes, we might have devices with flexible displays, but not really. The displays would still be protected by the rigid glass so you won’t be able to actually play around with the flexible part. So while this might be coming in 2012, the truly flexible screens that you can play with on devices are expected to arrive later, maybe in 2014.

source: DDaily via TheVerge

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41 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 223; Member since: May 03, 2011

WoW.It can be on Note2.

2. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

you are an idiot

5. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Takes one to know one.

22. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

ditto

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

IMO... this is just a gimmicky product. Although, I do think it is very innovative.

7. MeoCao unregistered

We may not see the real benefits right now, but this is huge. Imagine when they can improve the strength of the film.

9. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

It is innovative. The possibilities are unlimited but it seems your mind is limited and this is not a gimmick. Made of brushed aluminium, glass etc these are real gimmicks.

24. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

@PackMan My mind is not limited... I can see the possibilities and I stated that this was very innovative. I just think that in its current state its just a gimmick. I've seen video of flexable screens, when bent, would perform different actions.... seems cool but in my opinion kind of useless. This will be a fad much like the old nextel push-to-talk.

28. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

Yea... you still don't get it lol no gimmick at all, its new technology that can be implemented through out. I guess the invention of paper is also a gimmick, we should have kept writing on sheets of stone.

29. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Am I going Crazy!! I am not saying that the technology is not innovative or lacks potential. i am saying that in its current state it is lame. Please tell me how this is going to be awsome???? IN ITS CURRENT STATE????

34. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

its not innovative, but its different

41. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I agree with you but will give these people something to really think about when they are trying to argue. 1.) We do not have enough technology to have a truly flexible circuit boards, or more importantly the processors on them. 2.) The batteries in phones are now taking up almost half of the device and they are not flexible either! 3.) The body of current phones are also not flexible, and for most applications it is important to have a case to protect the screen, phone or not. 4.) Corning is working on their 'Willow Glass' that will be flexible and scratch proof (and hopefully crack proof) but it is not commercial yet. Until all of these components can bend with the screen, there are only a few important things we can learn from this advancement... The screens are going to be extremely thinner, which is good for making thinner phones. The display is no longer ridged, so it SHOULD be less prone to breaking due to a fall. And lastly, flexibility will most probably not make it to cell phones in the near future because it would be tough to deliver and not very useful.

18. Elvis.

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I had to give you a +1 just because of your avatar.

26. MEeee

Posts: 389; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

With this technology, you can convert the 4.8" display Galaxy S4 into a 9" tablet.

36. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

not gimmicky at all. imagine you dropping your phone, the only thing likely to break will be the digitizer(glass) but your LCD will remain intact. this will make your phone usable even after it is damaged and reduce cost of repair since you only have to replace the glass.

37. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Just because it may not benefit YOU doesn't make it a gimmicky product

4. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Not much gimmicky, which is the most fragile phone part? The screen. If after breaking it I will just need to buy a new, less expensive piece of glass instead the whole touchscreen I'm in.

6. Aeires unregistered

Sounds to me like they figured out how to make them, just haven't figured out how to use them.

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Is Apple has flexible screen Patent??

15. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not yet, but they are about to apply soon after Samsung releases.

25. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So true.... Apple loves them some1st to patent items. Who cares if it has been on the market for 10+ years? That reminds me of an Eddie Izzard joke about the British explorers finding indigenous cities and claiming them for Brittan because they didn’t have a flag.

31. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

apple never share their new ideas with anyone....they may be working on something very innovative but they won't reveal it until its patented.......these flexible screens look very innovative because they could make those screens crack proof......apple is also working on a crack proof screen but i don't think its flexible.....right now, they don't have any flexible screen patent

10. Shubham412302

Posts: 546; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it will not break atlest due to flexibility

11. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

sony should use these amoled to really make a new xperia arc because sony can then arc the screen :D

12. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

to mkae true flexible phone...not only display but other parts should also be flexible...battery, soc etc.

14. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

not quite acctually... you can get the battery, soc, nano-simcard-slot, on the top or on the bottom on the phone and still have the flexible display... Some time ago Nokia came up with a prototype of a flexible phone (i believe not touch-screeen)... even thought still a prototype it felt very cool indeed :)

23. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...to realize such a device...manufacturing process will have to be probably femto level...and huge improvement in battery tech is required so that entire board is finished in size of lower phone bezel...Its gonna take quite some time!

13. AbhiD

Posts: 529; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

aceept it or not... the next samsung device with flexible display is going to be really expensive!!! i won't spend extra bucks just for the sake of unbreakable display.

16. edhill86

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

i presume they are using the glass over the top to protect it while they mass test the hardware to see what issues it has jut being used as a screen before it is used as a bendy screen

17. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

now that's what we call an innovation. just hope that the device that will have this technology is not made entirely out of cheap plastic

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