Over the past few years, Samsung has been investing a lot of resources into developing flexible display. If until now we saw just a couple of really interesting curved panels, it’s time for the South Korean manufacturer to take the wraps off an actual prototype!
According to Digital Trends, Samsung is planning to reveal a bendable, stretchable screen soon, at the Society for Information Display 2017, held in Los Angeles.
The future is now!
To be more specific, Samsung will release a 9.1″ display, using organic light-emitting diode technology to show images. However, the most interesting part is that it can be bent, rolled or even dented up to 12 millimeters, without losing the original shape.
The manufacturer wants to use this mostly for wearable displays, but also has some big plans for its upcoming Internet of Things devices and car infotainment dashboards.
“While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed — whether curved, bent, or rolled — in both sides, above and below,” one of Samsung Display’s spokespersons said in an official statement.
Samsung wants to use this type of displays on smartphones as well!
Of course, we’re all very curious to see such technology used for building an actual smartphone! And Samsung even produced a limited number of devices with such displays, back in April.
Project Valley was a dual-screen phone, rocking two flexible 5.0″ OLED displays, joined by a hinge. The tests should continue in the upcoming months, followed by tens of thousands of prototypes being released by the end of 2017, but again, just as testing devices.
Finally, it looks like the manufacturer is also developing a smartphone with a wraparound display, reaching all four edges of the sides. However, this device is a bit tricky to build, as it creates a blind side on corners, not responding to touch. But we’re sure that they can fix this sooner or later…