Finally, after years of development and teasers at trade shows worldwide, Samsung is ready to release smartphones with flexible displays. Yes, the company will release “flexible, unbreakable mobile phone screens that can be bent, twisted and even folded up and put in your wallet.” Continue reading for three videos and more information.
The breakthrough has been made by through the use of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are thin and can be put on flexible material such as plastic or metal foil. Samsung is not the only company to have invested heavily in research into flexible screens using OLEDs. Companies including Japan’s Sony and LG Display, also of South Korea have launched prototypes.
However Samsung is the first to promise a launch date for the technology, with an unnamed source ‘familiar with the situation’ telling the Wall Street Journal they will ship in the first half of 2013. Looking at the release dates of the company’s flagship smartphones, the S series, that suggests that the first device to feature the flexible screen technology could be the yet to be announced S4.