Samsung curved displays will be out by end of the year

Samsung curved displays will be out by end of the yearNow this could be really fun: bendable screens are set to become a reality with the news that Samsung is putting its flexible OLED displays into production and is expected to ship some of them in time for Christmas!

There's not a big press release on it - but there is still a firm commitment from Samsung's Assistant President of Mobile Displays (what a title) that “flexible displays will be commercialized within a year.”

Obviously this means that the Galaxy SIII will miss out. But that's not a huge surprise since we weren't expecting it to include one. It also doesn't necessarily mean we'll have a phone that wraps around the wrist - but it does point towards a display that will be a bit more curved than, say, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or HTC Sensation.

Obviously, straight is so 2011. It's now all about being curved!

We're sold!

Via Slashgear

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Jim988  Mar. 1, 2012 at 22:49

Am I missing something here? Isn't this pointless as SoC's obviously can't be bent?

blizzard7  Mar. 1, 2012 at 23:04

A bit baffling to me too. The thing which is confusing me is where the battery goes. The battery is most of what makes up a phone these days and they aren't flexible! Perhaps the screen will be a roll-out style, but that just sounds like hassle.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 1, 2012 at 23:38

Sounds like tech for tech's sake. It'll be expensive, pointless and won't look nearly as good as the best non-bendy displays. If a phone bent as much as the one pictured you'd never get the bloody thing to lie flat when you wanted it to, like those bendy 30cm rulers which end up totally useless as they won't stay flat.

MDrX  Mar. 2, 2012 at 08:54

50" 16:9 concave monitor please Samsung.

We won't see bendy phones for years.

Stelph  Mar. 2, 2012 at 09:26

I wonder how bendy the screen can be? (and how robust) I can see great potential in a foldable smartphone like the Nokia communicators of old where when closed it operates like a standard phone (maybe even T9 or qwerty options) but when opened out its a larger touchscreen "tablet" of sorts.

Would finally make a truely portable tablet

blizzard7  Mar. 2, 2012 at 11:10

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 2, 2012 at 11:27

@MDrX, have you seen how much even a non-bendy 50" OLED panel is likely to cost when the first OLED TVs come out later this year?!

@Blizz, paired with Gorilla Glass 2, the front of your phone would be stronger than the back haha :D.

MDrX  Mar. 2, 2012 at 11:30

Loads! But an uninterrupted bent screen around my desk is about the only use I'll have for this technology

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 2, 2012 at 11:44

I don't need a screen that big at my desk...but if work were willing to buy me one, lets just say I wouldn't turn them down :p.

It would be great for gaming...though I think the wife might go somewhat mental at me if I came home with 50" bendy monitor and tried to justify spending several thousand pounds on it ;).

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