Samsung's new fully flexible OLED display looks like it's ready to go



Samsung is pulling a double technological whammy today. In addition to announcing an India-bound tablet with an iris scanner, the company showed off its latest flexible OLED display for smartphones. Mind you, this isn't the kind of screen you get in the Galaxy S7 edge – that's a flexible OLED panel encased in solid curved glass, which makes it more of a non-flexible OLED panel in our book. But it's been known for a while that Sammy is steadily progressing with the development of fully flexible, bendable, twistable, and otherwise super-contorting mobile screens – possibly priming them for inclusion in a 2017 smartphone that's supposed to fold in two, sort of like a wallet.

In addition to patent drawings of said handset, allegedly named 'Galaxy X', we've seen Samsung exhibit prototypes of its flexible screen technology, such as the one in its "YOUM" concept that later turned into the Galaxy Note Edge and other aesthetically curved phones after it. This doesn't happen very often, but when it does, Samsung is showing things brimming with potential.

At SID 2016 in San Francisco, an esteemed display industry event, the company presented a 5.7-inch, 1080p resolution OLED panel that's just 0.01in (0.3mm) thick (although the touch layer isn't counted here) and fully flexible. The display is seen rolling out some sort of contraption that's not unlike an old film cartridge. We expect Samsung will be able to roll out more of these from its OLED manufacturing plants (which benefited from heavy investments recently) in time to make a smartphone that's truly unlike anything else out there.

While the competition isn't sleeping in on flexible displays, efforts from other companies haven't been as convincing as Samsung's seemingly great OLED screen. Recently, we saw a Chinese manufacturer introduce a bendable graphene display, complete with a touch layer and abhorrent colors. And earlier in the year, we got to see the ReFlex, a prototype flexible smartphone with a 6-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution OLED screen sourced from LG Display. While Samsung might be the first to go all-in on a flexible smartphone meant for the masses, competitors won't take too long to catch up. Let's hope flexible phones will actually rule!

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source: Slashgear

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21 Comments

1. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Now, how expensive is it gonna be if a device used this kind of display?

2. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

More than you can afford pal, Samsung.

10. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

omg nice :D

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That Doesn't make since, as it would need to go into one of their existing products or something they will make to use it. Just think, it could be years before another major OEM has this. Samsung should really reap and make as many products as they can with it. All we need is 3. Galaxy S Flex, Galaxy Note Flex and Galaxy Tab S Flex. All with 1440p. This is going to be the real game changer here! Also, Samsung's products are not expensive per se. They are very competitive and tend o offer better hardware options in the categories they compete in.

19. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Problem is. Its not gonna be available worldwide. It will be only available on some countries.

3. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

So Samsung also bends

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Not by accident though.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Would make a nice wristband/watch-type device... Though it's one thing making the screen flexible, another to add in all the touch tech and getting it to work well together.

5. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Their Smart wristband goes to reality?

6. Shocky unregistered

Still not certain where this would be used , yes they fold but how durable and practical are they? I've seen concept videos but they look silly, it's not going to work in a phone or tablet or the display is just one part of the device. How are they going to make the rest of it flexible ? Same goes for pretty much anything, it has to be connected to a chipset with a power support. Seems like a bad idea to me.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

They would practically be immune to shattering, but tearing may be another issue. In any case, there are potential applications outside of smart phones. Like wraparound displays in cars, displays in stores, or in every day objects. Maybe displays that can be rolled out will have some use for emergency workers, or tours around museums. Who knows.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why does the whole device have to be flexible? Imagine this: A device like the Note Edge, with this screen pullign out one side. But the Note device is actually 1/2 the width of the present Note Edge. That woudl be wide enough for a PCB with a CPU/RAM/Cameras and other sensors. They just have to be made smaller. But the device would be ticker so its a double sided PCB. Still small enough to fit in yoru pocket.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Remember the flexible tablet advertisement that was released back in 2008 or something? Darn... They actually did it...! Or so it seems... Took them a decade; but it's coming close to reality...! Or so it seems... Well, I for one shall be deeply interested...! Or so it seems... Being a relatively new technology, it would be ultra expensive...! Or so it seems... Man; I'm almost a poet...! Or so it seems...

8. Shocky unregistered

Yes, the bendy tablet and pull out display. Neither are very appealing, I doubt the display will be durable enough to cope with being folded over the lifetime of a consumer product.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Shocky That's a genuine concern right here, lad...! Yes, that could be a possibility... Well, only time will tell for sure; so lets not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?

13. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Given current situation, I guess doing pull out display would be easier.

11. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Would be nice for the future, a smartphone like a paperoll would definitely save space. Or a Watch, electronic put into the clasp and the wristband acts as display.

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

The touch registering layer would still need to be solid, so the only two advantage of this display would be durability of the display layer and the extreme flexability

14. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

still waiting for galaxy round 2

20. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

still don't understand what is the purpose of flexible screen??

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1244; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The display may be able to bend, but I have yet to see a lithium ion battery than can bend.

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