Samsung to produce flexible AMOLED display that won't bend?

Samsung to produce flexible AMOLED display that won't bend?I reckon that might be one of the most confusing headlines I’ve penned in something like 200,000 (ok, slight exaggeration) stories.

Essentially Samsung is rumoured to have a flexible AMOLED display nearing production, but the actual phone won’t be of the bendy variety. Still confused? Read on.

The story was initially reported by Korean news site DDaily, and comes by way of a translation by The Verge and friends.

The question on everyone’s lips is surely: “Why the hell would you put a flexible display in a phone that doesn’t bend?” And you’d be right to ask that, man.

The answer? Well, the flexible AMOLED display is sexily thin, at 0.6mm. The current gen AMOLED display is comparatively beefy, at 1.8mm. Who ate all the pies? Big fat AMOLED, that’s who.

However, the flexible AMOLED display is tipped to debut in a smartphone with a 0.4mm slice of protective glass, as opposed to futuristic bendy plastic. Production of the display is expected to start this quarter.

The one thing that still confuses me about bendy phones is: wouldn’t the rest of the components – particularly larger stuff like the battery – need to be flexible too? I guess it depends just how bendy it is.

And does anyone really need – or want – a flexible phone? For my money, it’s potentially the next autostereoscopic 3D of the mobile world.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 16:53

Well, duh... products wouldn't need to be bendy to nevertheless make nifty use of flexible displays! Imagine if you will a curved screen, e.g., on airplanes for added privacy... You'd still want a sturdy case, but having a flexi display panel would make production a whole lot easier!
Also: flexi batteries do exist... Just a matter of time, my man...just a matter of time.

lcurdie / MOD  Jul. 22, 2012 at 17:41

Yeah, but this is the technology that'll feature in proper rolly bend-o-phones as opposed to something with a fixed, curved display. Know wha'm sayin'?

Peep  Jul. 22, 2012 at 19:33

No doubt Apple are feverishly attempting to patent it as we speak so they can sue Samsung for copying them

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 23, 2012 at 00:02

Flexible displays are less prone to cracking/shattering than non-flexible ones. I do agree with Lewis, though, actual bendy phones would be totally pointless.

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