Samsung will kick off mass production of flexible displays in H1 2013

Samsung will kick off mass production of flexible displays in H1 2013
We have seen the first flexible displays long ago and since then we have wondered when will we get the first flexible devices. While we don’t yet know the answer to the last question, we now know that Samsung is the first company to starting mass production of bendable screens in the first half of 2013, and that is one of the biggest steps towards flexible devices.

Samsung’s display division, Samsung Display Co., has entered the last phase of the development of flexible displays. It is not yet clear how much Samsung has invested in the technology, but it is coming up.

Probably the best thing about plastic flexible screens is that they are much harder to break than brittle glass.

As we are starting to reach a point when resolution on screens becomes more higher than the human eye can discern, phone makers will certainly look for new and different ways to bring innovation and extra value, and finally margins to their products.

The new Samsung displays will use the OLED technology, layered on top of a plastic foil. While Samsung is the first, it is not the only one that is doing research in flexible screen. LG, Sony and Sharp are also developing similar solutions.

source: WSJ, Total Telecom

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28 Comments

1. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

This is actually kind of exciting!

12. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

That would be more exciting if the acctual phone/device would be all flexible!

13. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

We likely won't ever realize flexible phones in our lifetime. Granted, I'm assuming we're all going to be dead before the end of Obama's presidency. Zing!

14. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

You cant make predictions! People in the 50' wouldn't believe you if you said them that in other 50 years they could speak to someone on the other side of the globe. And now that Science is developing more than anytime before I DO BELIEVE THAT IS POSSIBLE WITHIN 5-10 YEARS.

27. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Wiff (Sound of joke whizzing right past). In 1989, everyone believed we'd have Hoverboards by 2005... and STILL no sign of them. It was in a documentary, I believe it was called "Back to the Future".

19. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

+1. Heyooo In reference to troutsy

22. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

+1 !!!

2. ElektronicGeek91

Posts: 105; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I love hearing good news about Samsung.

11. MeoCao unregistered

I love hearing about innovation not litigation

26. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i wonder if anyone from samsung sold the tech to a competitor

3. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

make it 1080p and you have the embodiment of perfection. also, someone patent this ASAP.

4. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Amazing ...................

5. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Its really exciting but a while before we see flexible smartphones as the components inside are still rigid. With that in mind, I think it may be possible to embed electronics to make flexible screens possible in other form factors at the start.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A phone with a removable screen would be interesting.

7. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Futuristic Phones Is On Its Way!!

8. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Finally! I hope the first flexible phone isen't named something corny like the "Samsung Flex" or something stupid like that lol. Put a flex screen on Nexus device and I might have to take a break from buying HTCs lol.

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Progress!

10. brucewayne

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

now this is true innovation.something that Apple lacks bigtime. other than siri, there is nothin new or innovative at all in their products.i really hope samsung acquires all the patents regarding flexible screens and leave apple gaping..

15. AFnerdTP unregistered

so funny.. why are these people commenting about innovation getting thumbed down..?? lol!! "progress!" "...why you little!" *thumb down*

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Another Apple fanboy on "thumbing down" rampage. It happes from time to time on some Android articles.

16. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

It would be a huge advancement, no to make the phone fold... but to make haptic feedback a more deep experience. Imagine the possibilities, making part of the screen to change its structure for braille reading, It sounds stupid but imagine making it available for tablets. Or for game development that makes the games more immersive with this kind of screen technology. Go sammy, LG, Sony and the rest!! Please don't let Apple get the patents. Apple is evil...

18. Buddhikawi

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

every innovation they bring.. bundled with Substandard quality...

20. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

like the iphone 5 right

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple aready has PATENT for flexible displays in US of America where it is easier to steal and patent it seems. http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/27/apple-patents-in-screen-speakers-flexible-displays-and-tactile-keyboards-for-future-iphones-and-ipads/

23. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I want this in a phone. As the article stated, flexible is far less prone to breaking.

24. user312

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

Black ops 2 wrist phones here we come!

25. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Can someone please make a decent smart watch now since we have flexible screens coming out next year? I really want one, but no good options available today.

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

They wont because there is no demanding for such technology in global market. ot yet.

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