This Chinese smartphone is real and completely flexible, but we're sure not in a rush to get it

This Chinese smartphone is real and completely flexible, but we're sure not in a rush to get it

Smartphone makers have been dabbling in the design possibilities offered by flexible OLED screens for a while, but so far, no one had dared to go all out with a fully bendable handset. Samsung was largely expected to be the first to step in and show off a working device that bends in two like a straw, its operation remaining intact. But the big guy from Korea is keeping its enigmatic twisty apparatus, shown only in sporadic patent leaks, to itself until it's ready for prime time. Interim, a Chinese manufacturer no one in the West has heard of arrived at a trade show in the city of Chongqing, Western China, and pulled a fully bendable smartphone – it's screen made of the elusive material graphene – out of its pockets. It must have been quite the scene!

As you can see in the pictures, the Android-powered phone is fully operational and easily wraps around half the arm of a lady in the audience. The screen's image quality seems downright abhorrent from what we're seeing, and the usability benefit of being able to wear your phone like a bracelet isn't entirely convincing yet. But this device is clearly a technological showcase, rather than a product coming to retail in the near future. It's also full of promise. Bendable graphene and OLED screens will un-tie the hands of product designers and they will be able to come up with imaginative, unique stuff! In the era of smartphones that desperately try to convince us that they are something more than yet another metal rectangle, this is sorely needed.

While we don't have any more intel on the bendable graphene phone, there's a video available in the source link that shows the novel device in action. Perhaps this prototype will be remembered as a piece of tech history one day. Or maybe not. It doesn't matter, folks, the future is now within reach!


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13 Comments

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Very cool. Since this is still in beta I expect that the screen and image quality would be very low and the main focus would be in getting all the components to work while still being able to flex as it is. Now Both Samsung and LG already show some of their prototypes years ago and they were of higher caliber then this current device which has to make us think how much Samsung and LG have refined their flexible screens devices. Cant wait to see!!

5. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

It was Nokia with their morph concept who was first to present such a device

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

That's the future of mobile devices. Unfold your smartphone to a tablet, fold it back and wrap it around your wrist as a smartwatch. Wait till Nokia, Samsung and apple present their first devices in the coming 2-3 years.

4. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

Bring it on!

6. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

This is a step forward. Innovation can be unclear to the general population until the final product comes out. This is promising stuff.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Only thing I would want a folding screen for is better screen durability. I imagine it should be virtually impossible for the screen to crack, break from being dropped. But...if we start going back to resistive type screens...they can keep it. Make it capacitive folding, soft and I'm in.

9. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

With true graphene incorporated, it would be extremely durable. The only (and relatively big) issues with graphene is the cost and mass producing it. It's truly an amazing product, though.

12. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Innovation at its best.. I'm all out for it.. In this way we can have huge displays wrapped around our arms. Next it can be coupled with headsets for receiving calls. We won't have any use for tablets etc. Keep it up devs.

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Really excited for this tech

14. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

The only thing amazing is the writing. Ever use an English dictionary?

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Apple will patent this in 3... 2... 1...

21. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 714; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why would they do that? Secondly. They know the designed integrity of the unit as it's harder to repair. Third, None of the newly released flexible display phone had been released to the world. Considering the fact that the majorities went on owning a smartwatch.

22. Azizullah

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 11, 2017

Good work, does the flexible screen product is completed? If someone feel free please help us because we have a plan to import it in Turkey, Or do someone know some company they have completed this product?

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