Samsung Will Sell Bendy Screen Phones Next Year

Samsung has already demoed its flexible OLED displays as seen up top, but now they're promising them in phone form, possibly in the "earlier part" of 2012. Does anyone want this?

Samsung phones like the impending Galaxy Nexus already have a curved glass screen — but a truly flexible display might make the process easier. Or perhaps a clamshell phone with a display on top and bottom? Other than that, I'm scratching my head as to why this make sense on a handset.

Why would you want to bend your phone's screen? What would you gain from it? What does Samsung gain from it, beyond novelty? PC World says the tech will follow on tablets, which is maybe a plus for compactness, but otherwise, this seems more novelty than breakthrough. Screens shouldn't bend for the sake of being bent.

[PCW]


Comments

    I would imagine a bending phone would be more durable as it is essentially a shock absorber.

    Especially for those occasions where people have their phones in their back pockets and break them (not me, I'm a front pocket guy).

    So with that in mind...why wouldn't you want a flexible screen?

    Look up the Samsung Galaxy Skin - they've already come up with the phone and some cool uses for it. Aside from that - how cool is a screen you can't crack! Keep your hard shell phones if you want and throw in a virtually indestructible screen. Forget Gorilla Glass...

    that is mad

      Apple rushes to patent "flexible screen in a mobile device" to stop Samsung from getting it to market.....

    Nokia demoed this recently as well.

      Nokia's AMOLED tech is based off of Samsung's existing technology. Luckily, the two biggest manufacturers still get along quite well, unlike some fruit vendors we know :)

    Bendy screens and phones start at 1:25 for those who cbf watching it all

    TRANSPARENT AMOLED DISPLAY

    IVE ALWAYS WANTED THIS AS A KID

    I'm just thinking about rollout maps that you can take hiking, hold them up against the horizon to see through and have landmarks identified.

    Great for Augmented reality situations where you need to see what you are looking at directly, and don't want to drain batteries using a camera

    Blimmin' 'eck! If they release a phone that looks like this one - http://www.hardwaresphere.com/2011/09/30/samsung-galaxy-skin-smartphone-confirmed-for-2012/ - I'll be all over it, regardless of price. Hell, I'll even put up with Android for it.

    When/if this thing hits, all bets are off and Apple's share price will be in the toilet within months, unless they can match it (unlikely, given that they have shown no interest in AMOLED). This is the real revolution, a phone you can wrap around your wrist, fold in half to fit in a pocket or do whatever else you might want with it. If they do what Nokia were showing last week and allow you to control the phone by bending and twisting it, then it will be even more incredible.

      Appears to have a screen back and front too, if it's scratch resistant, you could hang it on your belt, very cool.

    WOW I'm impressed, screens are getting pretty mental

    Anyone seen Earth: Final Conflict? They had the equivelent of cellphones in that called a global link, it was a small device not much bigger than a pistol's handle but had a slide out section with a large touchscreen display

    http://aliasalpha.customer.netspace.net.au/globallink.jpg

    Imagine that with a screen that rolls up as it closes.

    Yes, yes I want one of those

    This is useless on a phone.

    The best way to make money from this is make bangles out of it, and you can then program them/add in imagery to be seen on the screen/move around the bangle. Cash.

    Now can someone please steal my idea and patent it too? Girls would buy them by the carton of course, but I wouldn't mind 1 or 2 myself.

    Actually, on second thoughts, what have I done? now the corporate greed of america will make these and have adverts appear on them 90% of the time... and then you have to insert a nickel every 5 minutes, and then pay a bangle tax...

    Oh I crack myself up.

    A wrist touch screen band. Win.

      I think you are selling it way too short. It doesn't have to be one thing, it can be a wrist-band that turns into a candybar phone, that could then fold out again to be a tablet computer. Look at the video that's running in the transparent screen at the end of the video, that shows you the real potential of this stuff.

    I remember reading about this tech in New Scientist 11 or 12 years ago.

    I couldn't see a mass-adoption use for it then and I'm struggling to think of one now, however I look forward to being proved wrong.

    Looking at a screen that is not totally flat would be pretty horrible for most uses I imagine.

    Like I said, I'm looking forward to a time when my lack of imagination proves me wrong.

    Holy shit, From THHGTTG's Book in 2005 to a real thing now!

    Tech loves to zoom past!

    Im not sure what use you would get out of a lot of them but they are pretty awesome technology.

    that 5" folding screen / tablet looking one could be pretty awesome.

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