World's first "stretchable" OLED display to be unveiled by Samsung this week


Display Week is an event name you might want to remember, as many major panel manufacturers will showcase their latest inventions during the exhibition held throughout this week in California.

Samsung's display division will perhaps intrigue mobile fans the most, as the subsidiary is said to introduce the world's first "stretchable" OLED display at the conference. According to Korean media outlets which first reported the news, the stretchable display is "the most advanced flexible display" to date.

A 9.1-inch display that can bend in both directions


The specific panel that is to be showcased at Display Week on Tuesday will sport a diagonal of 9.1 inches and can bend up to 12mm (about 0.47 inches) in both directions while retaining a high resolution. 

This may not sound as that big of a "bend", but we have to remember that this technology is still in its early stages of development and will undoubtedly be perfected in the future. Currently, it is too early to tell whether we will actually see a smartphone bearing such a screen.

A Samsung Display representative explained just how advanced this new cutting edge technology is:


Possible applications for this South Korean technological marvel include utilization in the wearable and automobile industry, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things. 

High-end Samsung panels that we're more likely to see on mobile


Stretchable screens may sound cool and all, but let's face it - the tech doesn't look like its ready for mass production in the near future. However, The Korea Herald also mentions two other Samsung panels which we could see being employed sooner on mobile. 

A glassless 3D OLED panel is also reportedly at the show. The 5.09-inch screen can be used for a more immersive multimedia experience and VR, as it can portray real objects in-panel which are seen differently depending on where the viewer is standing.

Another interesting exhibit from Samsung is a 1.96-inch ultra-high-definition LCD display. With a resolution of 3840 x 2160, its small size works out a pixel density of 2,250ppi. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S8's screen only boasts the "modest" 570 pixels per inch. 

The primary applications for such UHD displays will most likely be related to AR/VR, but breakthroughs in battery tech will also be needed in order for them to be employed on smartphones, as their power consumption could very well be astronomical.

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26 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung showcase it's new product, PA said "but let's face it - the tech doesn't look like its ready for mass production in the near future" Apple patent something last week, PA said "we are an official statement short of knowing whether the instant patents will indeed make a debut in a device this autumn" talk about double standard in iPhonearena, lol... one is a working prototype, while the other is just rough drawing..

2. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

lol every word of what you said was relatable! lets just say the bias is real.

12. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

From my perspective, I think it's probably because Samsung is usually at the forefront of innovation in OLED technology and because of Samsung having a diverse product range that can fully benefit of it, and due to this, Samsung will patent it and test it if it works. On Apple's side, since Apple doesn't have a very diverse product range and has only a few segments under it's helm, a patent they register usually has ha higher chance of being applied to their product. I may be wrong, but in my opinion, this is probably why

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The water thing is stupid. First off water doesn't get into the speaker on a IP certified device. The speaker grill is sealed which is why sound is muffled. The water inside the grill is just sitting and if you shake the device a few times, the water will come out. Its not actually getting into the speaker anymore. Not saying the thing cant be helpful, but on a sealed speaker I not only don't see its use, I don' even think it will work.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

YES...But Alan F tried to tell be the bias is in my own head. What a jerk! To be fair, I am sure the "stretchable" display, won't be used anytime soon and whatever Apple patented, likely could come to market faster; but the wording of how they treat Apple vs Samsung is total BS bias. Example, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "explodes", while Apple iPhone only "catches fire". Yet both do both! iPhone camera loses to almost every flagship, yet is still the best camera, while Galaxy S camera beats pretty much everyone and somehow its just a "good" camera. Apple cheapens the iPad by using older parts and this is OK, but if Samsung did the same they would be dragged through the mud. Apple patent trolls Samsung, Qualcomm, HTC and others, but PA never calls them a "Patent Troll", but another company who holds a patent who doesn't make anything at all is a "patent troll". It use to depend on who was writing the article. Now its just all of them. I recall, when Samsung first announced the edge display on a mock-up device, it was said to be years away. Yet a year later the note 4 Edge was released. The fact is, we don't know how far in R&D Samsung is on any project. What they bring to a show and what they have in-house are 2 different things. How about we don't guess when it could happens, how about we think about some cool ways this tech could be used. Which actually would dictate how fast it can happen.

3. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Since it's stretchable. Can it be used as a "Condom" Version 2.0 with UHD?

6. Papa_Ji

Posts: 850; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Yes, it's perfect for all iA$$...

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Yes, it's perfect for all iA$$..." Oh s**t, Papa_Ji, you savage as usual!!

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Since it's stretchable. Can it be used as a "Condom" Version 2.0 with UHD?" Why you so savage, man? LMAO.

4. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Samsung is leading innovation. While the other big company lags years behind.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I will give Samsung screen tech. Outside of that, what have they done?

21. willard12 unregistered

Swipeable multitasking cards, power saving mode, one handed mode, iris scanner, 5g speed capable devices, integration of MST and NFC payments, HDR support, Bluetooth 5.1 support....I believe your device of choice may have "adopted" some of these or will be getting them later, or maybe not at all. In the meantime, just be happy about the loss of antenna lines, your devices biggest improvement. But hey, it's basically a....

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

DRAM, NAND Storage, Fab manufacturing, wireless tech, display, technology, battery technology, camera sensor, etc... Aren't they always on top of the list for R&D for technology sector?

24. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They are second to Intel in the semiconductor business and may soon pass them. They also lead in memory and storage technology. I mean they do make chips for Qualcomm, they also make some of the A-series chips for Apple, and provide the DRAM and NAND flash for the iPhone 7. So basically they make money off almost all cell phone sales because their components are in the majority of flag ship phones.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well sadly the other big company doesn't make anything. So they can't implement anything until someone makes it first.

5. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Now it is proven beyond any doubt that SAMSUNG is the King of technology. I dont see any other company coming any close to it.

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How about LG? Also a korean smartphone provider. Nokia, their latest android smartphones are much more durable. And even apple?

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung does way more than LG. LG cant even fix the bootloop issue. Even the G6 has the same problem. Nokia? Nokia's best days I think are gone. They are still relevant, but in mobile I don't see them making a comeback. Apple doesn't really make anything, and when they do; no one can use it but them. The stuff Samsung makes, LG makes and Nokia, can potentially benefit everyone.

26. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

LOL! Where is the report where the G6 is experiencing bootloops? "Nokia's best days I think are gone". LOL! Did you check the news? Nokia is now making a lot of android smartphones. Most of them are shockproof than the latest flagship of samsung. Did you watch the drop test? "Apple doesn't really make anything, and when they do; no one can use it but them." The level of your stupidity is at high! Samsung brands are good. But later on. It lags. Especially with that touchwiz. LG, like you said. Suffers bootloops. Nokia brands may be back. But their lack of stores and third party providers makes it hard to get. Meanwhile, Apple stores are located all over the world. Let's not forget the following: 1. They offer iphones and ipads with bigger internal storage. 256GB internal storage to be precise. 2. They have a lot third party providers. Especially the fact that they have powercases. And even docking speakers. Wherein you can charge your iphone while playing a music or video. While the sound output is the external speakers. Which is far better than the wireless charging. 3. You get the latest updates all the time(Requires 64bit devices). Even the iphone 5S still runs on the latest ios 10. Meanwhile, its 2013 android counterpart such as samsung, and LG didn't even get the latest nougat update. Even nokia's X , X+ and XL. Didn't get any updates above the jellybean 4. You can get 64 bit Metal API enhanced applications. Android may have the vulkan API. But the apps within the playstore doesn't have 64 bit instruction sets. Ios is built on simplicity. Even the interface is much easier to use cause its basic. Meanwhile, Android remains as a complex OS. And unlike the ios. The playstore itself is full of crappy apps.

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Also, If the samsung has the bendable display. How come they ain't developing a bendable smartphone unit?

22. nikhil23

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

They have a bendable display, but display doesn't make the device complete. Battery and other components should be bendable as well. Hence the delay but sure they will get there

25. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Because many of the other components inside a smart phone can't bend.

7. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Don't really see much of a use for any of these displays but keep on experimenting until you find the next Note. I think once they can make a 9-10 inch tablet display folding into a phone that is half the size of the display that will be the next big Samsung device.

11. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

What would they name it. Samsung Galaxy Tab P?

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