Samsung develops “unbreakable smartphone panel” and gets it certified

Samsung develops “unbreakable smartphone panel” and gets it certified
Samsung has just announced that it has managed to build an unbreakable smartphone display, which has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, an official testing company for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) of the U.S. Department of Labor.

Developed by Samsung Display, the unbreakable panel can be used inside other electronic products, not just smartphones, including consoles for automobiles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles and tablet PCs.

For the tech-savvy, the panel announced today by the South Korean company is, in fact, a flexible OLED display that has an unbreakable substrate and overlay window adhered to it.


Of course, in order to receive the certification from OSHA, Samsung Display's unbreakable panel had to pass some durability tests based on military standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Apparently, even after being dropped from 1.2 meters (nearly 4 feet) above the ground 26 times in succession, the unbreakable panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges. The panel was also exposed to high (71 degrees) and low (-32 degrees) temperatures tests, which it fully passed.

But Samsung went even further and did a test of its own that implied dropping the panel from 1.8 meters (nearly 6 feet), but the display continued to operate normally with no sign of damage. Although we don't have an image of this technological wonder yet, but we have no reason to doubt the U.S. Department of Defense.

source: Samsung

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14 Comments

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1123; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Seems very similar to Moto's shattershield...

13. ijuanp03

Posts: 452; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yup. To be fair with Motorola (which invented the phone), they really know how to innovate. Unlike other has beens like Nokia.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3077; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Shattershield is extra plastic layer above the screen panel (just like what samsung did on their S# active line), while this one is fused on screen panel itself, they can add Gorilla glass on top of it if they want.

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1099; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Motorola's shattershield however is extremely prone to scratching, it can withstand impacts with ease, but apparently scratches just sitting in your pocket. Sure you can add another screenprotector to protect against that, but I'd prefer something a little more all round protective like Gorilla Glass.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Remember that Samsung also had a Shatter Proof screen around the time of the second shattershield & in the YouTube tests, it was actually more durable than the shattershield

11. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

Seems very similar to Nokia

12. ijuanp03

Posts: 452; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

my Nokia 8's display got shattered when I dropped it in concrete so your comparison is invalid.

14. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

I Mean nokia 3310

18. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

but can still have burn in

19. tedkord

Posts: 17051; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure, if you set display timeout to 6 hours, and leave a static image on it that entire time, you might get burn in. Use your phone like most do, and you'll have no problem. I had a Galaxy S3 for 4 years as my daily driver. I use my phone a LOT (videos, slingbox, Netflix, internet, etc...). Never so much as a hint of burn in, and that's what, six year old AMOLED tech now. Today's is even more resistant to burn in.

20. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Seems like a competitor to 3310

22. mrsmith5280

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 23, 2018

Damn!

23. wesley.

Posts: 203; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Some LG phones are mil spec too with their plain old gorilla glass. Not a very difficult test then, in reality.

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