Samsung's new AMOLED display is seamless, can be folded

Samsung's new AMOLED display is seamless, can be folded
A while back ago, we showed you some of the ways that Samsung was working on its AMOLED displays to make them able to twist and turn. But besides this research into more flexible displays, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology has developed a seamless display that allows you to fold the screen in half without a crease. This could allow for future production of a phone with a huge display that the user unfolds to use. When done using the display, the user simply folds up the AMOLED screen. This will allow the Korean based manufacturer to produce a phone with a large sized screen, but with small measurements.

The seamless display is made from two AMOLED panels, a glass cover, silicone rubber and a modular case. Even when folded 100,000 times, the brightness at the center of the display where the two panels meet, decreased by an amount too small to be noticed by the human eye.

Don't expect to see this technology on a Samsung handset soon. The company says it will take about two years to be used on a new phone as the process needs to be perfected.

source: OLED-Info


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34 Comments

1. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

wow amazing

3. AppleForever

Posts: 7; Member since: May 12, 2011

retina display is better

4. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

dude really this is tech in the making.. when this comes out.. retina will be dead.

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Retina is useless when one drop can break it xD iphones suck!

15. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

You're retarded. Apple fanboys like you are a shame. Retina is great, I love the display. But this is a leap in technology that will allow for concepts we haven't thought of and thought were only SciFi. Retina just looks good. Fan boys like you are the reason droid fanboys have ammo. And btw I love the iPhone. I'm just not an idiot. Oh and Lopez, retina is amazing, and it doesn't break in one drop. It took dozens of drops to shatter my screen. But that was the glass the retina display still looked sharp, didn't leak, and touch still worked.

33. spectre1006

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Troll.....

34. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

bend your retina display, dumbass

28. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

This seems to be about the right amount of time for phone evolution. Think about it, first came the iphone which set the standard for smart phones. Then came the HTC EVO which was another evolutionary jump in cell phone technology. Now phones will increasingly get better processors, cameras, and displays, but nothing to amazing. So when Samsung comes out with these displays that fold, bend or what not, this should be the next evolutionary jump for cell phones. The time frame tends to be about 3-4 yrs for every astonishment.

2. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

ive been hearing about the works of this.. very nice technology. there were some tests done with OLEDs at one point to see if this could be done.. im happy its going somewhere.

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya. seems pretty cool... but they need to figure everything else out too if they want it to be truly bendy... but i can see how a folding tablet could be a smartphone/tablet combo with this tech.. that cud be a pretty sweet device right there

9. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

ah yes that would be nice. and think of pc tablets too. so cumbersome that it makes them hard to use. this should allow them to be lighter and easier to mannage. also think of the gaming industry can you imagine FPS on a curved screen surrounding you making you actually turn your head to see whats next to you.. Real line of sight

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya... idk i think that is gonna take at least five years... at least... they cant even do that with tvs right now... i mean practically they cant

12. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

shhhh I can dream damnit lol

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

don't remember if phone arena reported this http://goo.gl/isuVZ my guess we may see this real soon, I would like to see a tab that folds in half to fit on a small backpack or a phone that bends on my pocket making it more comfortable to wear.... again batteries are stopping us

30. america123jeff

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 14, 2011

not if we use solar power

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

but sun its not there 24/7 :( plus you will need a battery to store the power.... lucky i heard bendable batteries are on the works they work in a cool new way but we may not see them on a phone till 2013

6. Meha unregistered

Look how fast generations of tech are leaping forward :)

8. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

After all phones manufactures get it like 3 years after samsung gets tired of it, the iphone 10 / 11 will use it and say it was the first xD... the only problem i have against fordable screens are: at the end there will be a hard thick strip of plastic that will hold the battery camera and chips. and no more physical qwertys -__- it will all be touch screen.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i would say u r wrong... there are screen tech just as good as the samoled... look at lg phones... and nobody matches the iphone retina diplay ppi... so who exactly did they get that from if nobody has done it...

13. ap unregistered

Samsung is already creating 300+ppi display for devices next year....so Retina display won't be a big deal by next year....and luis_lopez you're right screens like this will eliminate the use of physical qwertys (unless they too can be folded like paper)

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes, so basically samsung is "copying" apple... i just wanted to get across to this norcal person that apple didnt copy anyone, they actually did it themselves... oh shocker

17. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Im talking about foldable screens here not retina idiot. i swear lucas you be stalking my comments

26. ap unregistered

what is the matter with you??? Why is there something about apple that you drag on in every discussion??? We were talking about foldable displays....theres nothing about displays that Samsung has to copy from Apple....every company wants to have better res displays and they're working hard for it.....

16. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I wouldn't count the physical qwerty out just yet. Human ingenuity is determined enough to make a foldable screen. People want real buttons sometimes, so someone will make a qwerty that works.

18. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

but then the qwerty also has to be very flexable??? and also the sliding mechanism would get stuck alot unless the screen is able to stretch back to straight and smooth.

19. ogre150

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

What if you have a regular phone sized that folds out the screen, like a clamshell, and one side still just has a regular old sliding keyboard. Then you could flip the screen out and slide out your keyboard. Kind of like the kyocera echo (I think that's the right phone, it was on Fringe), just a sliding keyboard under one side.

27. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

but then you cant fold it smaller unless again the qwerty is also very flexible? :\

20. andro unregistered

Apple will no doubt try to buy these screens off samsung and claim they are 'changing everything again again again' with it. That or else samsung won't supply them with it and apple will get all angry again and try suing like sulking kids again

21. IOS5 unregistered

cool but Super Amoled still not the best display around, cause still has unreal color and low pixel that looks like old 2D effect! stil prefer IPS panel cause it has better color it least its real that look like 3D. Samsung has good staff but does not has quality and looks fake and ugly!.

24. ChrisTheTechGuy

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 04, 2010

I can haz sentences that make sense? "looks fake and ugly"? your technical argument is the equivalent of Charlie Sheen's sobriety.

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