Samsung’s flexible AMOLED delayed till 2013?

Samsung’s flexible AMOLED delayed till 2013?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!

That’s the story according to Korea’s DDaily, relayed by the crazy – and mostly bearded – folks at Unwired View.

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.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2012 at 15:07

positioned as anything more than a stoopid gimmick.

You watched too much Sci-Fi... Forget about the bendy gimmickry!
Those bender blenders won't break that easily! THAT'LL make them very popular indeed.
Forget about flexi-phones.

socialjeebus  Oct. 1, 2012 at 15:18

positioned as anything more than a stoopid gimmick.

You watched too much Sci-Fi... Forget about the bendy gimmickry!
Those bender blenders won't break that easily! THAT'LL make them very popular indeed.
Forget about flexi-phones.


Yep, that's the real point of the flexible screen, durability. God knows a lot of phones could do with it.

Can't see the fascination of a flexi-phone anyway.

Stelph  Oct. 1, 2012 at 23:21

Yeah I agree, it's all about durability

That being said, I'd love to have a thin 10" tablet (1cm thick say) that you can fold in half to protect the screen and make more portable

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:54

Yeah I agree, it's all about durability

That being said, I'd love to have a thin 10" tablet (1cm thick say) that you can fold in half to protect the screen and make more portable


Yes, something like the Sony P minus the dangerously edgy edges...

Stelph  Oct. 2, 2012 at 15:58

And a single screen rather than a double screen.

On a similar note I noticed recently that Samsungs Note 2 has a "dual screen" function where two apps can be opened and used at the same time..... why did Sony have so much trouble doing this simple task with the Sony P? Its a shame such an interesting design idea (and the future of tablets IMO when flexable screens take off) is consigned to the bargain bin at PC World for £120 a pop

onlineo  Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:36

I would love a phone the size, weight and shape of an old Ericsson, but when you open the flap it comes out into a flat 4-5" screen.

I find most modern phones just too large, heavy and fragile.

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