In a bid to differentiate itself from the rivals, Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics conglomerates, may start mass production of bendable smartphones next year as one of its subsidiaries is on the final stages of development of flexible AMOLED [active-matrix organic light emitting diode] displays.
Samsung Display, a producer of display panels that belongs to Samsung, is in the last phase of development of flexible displays for mobile devices, which are expected to be released in the first half of next year, a person familiar with the situation revealed to the Wall Street Journal. Bendable displays are virtually unbreakable and naturally provide a lot of opportunities when it comes to creation of innovation shapes of smartphone.
Good Egg Productions wrote: If we have flexible screens, do we also have flexible power sources? And flexible PCBs? .
Flexible batteries are close - a few small ones are in production last I heard. Flexible PCBs have been here for a long time.
Good Egg Productions wrote: I see flexible displays as a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
That's pretty much the case for all new technology/products that have come along in the consumer products biz. You didn't know you needed color TV or HDTV, did you? And I don't remember consumers marching on Apple to demand smart phones. After spending a career in consumer electronics R&D I know that no one was demanding the stuff we developed, but after it was in production they sure did.
but the prediction at the time was that the technology necessary would be available by 2014
That looked cheesy in 2006 too.
Anyway, just because the screen is flexible, the motherboard, the battery, the antenna, etc are not.....
While there are terrific uses for flexible screen tech, unless they can flex the guts too, this video is a tad misleading (and is hideous from a visual production standpoint too.... Nokia should be ashamed of this video).