Now that I’ve defeated my mortal enemy autostereoscopic 3D (Nintendo 3DS aside), I’m preparing to do battle with a new foe, namely flexible smartphone displays. Sigh.
On the plus side, we’re hearing that Samsung’s flexible AMOLED technology has been delayed till early 2013ish - at the earliest. Yay!
A translation by Chrome tells me: “production of a full-fledged introduction was pushed back even when difficult to process normal yield”.
It’s suggested that Samsung might be able to start mass-producing flexible displays in early 2013, if it can overcome those low-yield manufacturing problems.
Early 2013, you say? Could that mean a flexible Samsung Galaxy S IV? Almost certainly not. We don’t expect to see the nascent technology in a flagship, and we’re struggling to see it positioned as anything more than a stoopid gimmick.
Let’s hope Nokia faces similar problems with its bendy phone nonsense. It demoed the Nokia Kinetic Device around a year ago.
Answer me this: Why would anyone want a flexible smartphone? Nah, give us waterproof phones with giant batteries, if anything.