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  (Source: CNET)
Samsung to have flexible displays at CES 2013

Flexible screens are interesting for a number of reasons including the ability to have curved designs or possibly even folding smartphones and still have a large screen. The biggest benefit of the flexible smartphone screen is likely to be the ability to resist damage compared to a rigid screen that is prone to breaking when dropped.

CES 2013 kicks off in a few weeks and CNET reports that Samsung Display will be showing off a pair of flexible screens at the show that could appear in smartphone or TV designs.
One of the screens is a 5.5-inch flexible unit with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (267 PPI). The other screen is a much larger 55-inch unit designed specifically for use in TV sets.
Designing a smartphone screen that can flex requires more than simply creating the main components of the screen. Researchers for Samsung Display also have to develop a touch panel and screen covering that are flexible as well. 

Source: CNET

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By g35fan on 12/20/2012 3:33:01 PM , Rating: 5
How can Samsung claim to show off a new product/technology that Apple invented and patented??? </sarcasm>

RE: ???
By Belard on 12/20/2012 7:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yep! Apple developed the flex display 15 years ago.

Samsung has been showing off copied pro-types for years.

RE: ???
By messele on 12/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: ???
By sleepeeg3 on 12/21/2012 4:23:05 AM , Rating: 3
Ford didn't invent cars either. They just made them awesome.

RE: ???
By lagomorpha on 12/21/2012 3:59:47 PM , Rating: 2
Ford made cars affordable. They never made them awesome.

RE: ???
By MartyLK on 12/27/2012 9:14:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually - taking a tact from Samsung's own court efforts - the makers of "Babylon AD" hold the "prior art" claim to flexible display tech. When Diesel opens the trunk of the car and unfolds a map equipped with multi-touch display tech, that seals the deal. Samsung is screwing the maker of the movie.

And going further back, the movie "Red Planet" also showed flexible display tech.

If Samsung and their sGoats can call "prior art" from "2001: A Space Odyssey" on Apple's iPad, this can be called on Samsung.

That was the height of ridiculousness when Samsung tried to use that movie as proof of prior art in

EFC Global
By Shadowself on 12/20/2012 10:42:23 AM , Rating: 1
So who's going to sell me an EFC Global first?

RE: EFC Global
By Jeffk464 on 12/20/2012 12:51:42 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that's really cool but who has a flexible phone?

RE: EFC Global
By Jeffk464 on 12/20/2012 12:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
If its flexible that means the return of an easily scratched plastic phone screen right?

RE: EFC Global
By boeush on 12/20/2012 2:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily. Add a polyurethane layer as the top surface, and you get a pretty scratch-proof design. Make that layer user- or service-replaceable, and you get an even more "scratch-proof" design... Screen skins are cheap.

RE: EFC Global
By retrospooty on 12/20/2012 5:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
I see it more as a break resistant screen, but it will still have to have a Gorilla Glass cover like any phone.

By lagomorpha on 12/20/2012 1:20:33 PM , Rating: 2
I predict a slap bracelet phone and big screen tvs that ship rolled up like a carpet to save on shipping costs. Optimistic?

RE: neat
By FITCamaro on 12/20/2012 1:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think you just combine 1985 and the future. Slap bracelets? Damn.

RE: neat
By lagomorpha on 12/21/2012 10:51:33 AM , Rating: 2
I think people in 1985 thought they were living in the future.

Waiting for...
By MZperX on 12/20/2012 3:31:49 PM , Rating: 4
... wrap around monitor for single screen Eyefinity panoramic gaming in 5790x1200 or 3600x1920 without any bezels to get in the way. <drool>

RE: Waiting for...
By geekman1024 on 12/20/2012 9:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for my Gundam cockpit style 360 degree seamless HyperHD display.

Anyone ever see Earth Final Conflict
By JediJeb on 12/21/2012 11:02:23 AM , Rating: 3
These would allow the phones they used in that show where the side slid out and the screen unrolled to make phone that was the size of an old candybar phone with a screen about the size of an iPad. Hold the electronics portion in your hand and have a 7" to 10" screen extend out from the side with very little weight to it. If it can roll into a diameter of about 1cm then that would work great.

Looks like someone is already working on it.

Photo of the scifi version.

Not enough flex
By dj LiTh on 12/20/12, Rating: -1
RE: Not enough flex
By Arsynic on 12/20/2012 9:21:38 AM , Rating: 2
Why can't you have the GPU on the bottom half of the phone?

RE: Not enough flex
By dj LiTh on 12/20/2012 9:23:31 AM , Rating: 1
Did i somehow say that you couldnt? No, i said call me when they are flexable as well.

RE: Not enough flex
By StevoLincolnite on 12/20/2012 10:09:12 AM , Rating: 1
They can be made flexible, however they are organic and can't touch what we have in Phones and PC's performance and complexity wise.

RE: Not enough flex
By messele on 12/21/2012 2:44:44 AM , Rating: 1
So we'll end up with screens that wobble all over the place and won't stay flat and a big lump under the screen where the electronics and battery live.

Talk about a crap solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Tell me how great these are in ten years.

RE: Not enough flex
By blue_urban_sky on 12/21/2012 4:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
Talk about a crap solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Tell me how great these are in ten years.

And if we were all people like you then in ten years time it would be exactly the same as now, because all the intermediary steps were not as awesome as what you can see the tech as in ten years time.

apologies (I'm drunk) but you come across as a idiot in your argument.

RE: Not enough flex
By Cheesew1z69 on 12/24/2012 2:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
apologies (I'm drunk) but you come across as a idiot in your argument.
It's because he is an idiot.

RE: Not enough flex
By Piiman on 12/22/2012 1:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
Why would assume that?

"Oh look a flexable screen lets make a really stupid lumpy phone with it?"

That would be kind of stupid just like you post, don't you think?

RE: Not enough flex
By menting on 12/20/2012 9:35:07 AM , Rating: 2
you're going to be waiting a long time for that call.

RE: Not enough flex
By sweatshopking on 12/20/2012 9:38:49 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Not enough flex
By jimbojimbo on 12/20/2012 10:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
OK. You enjoy your rigid phones with shatter prone screens while we use this new technology and enjoy it for years before you're remotely interested. Dummy.

Some day soon: A battery technology comes out that'll allow for 4 days of constant use without any additional size or weight
You: "Call me when a battery will last me a two weeks of use."

The advent of a flexible screen is huge and people can and should enjoy it without having to wait for every other part of a phone to become flexible.

RE: Not enough flex
By Jeffk464 on 12/20/2012 12:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
They went glass(shatter prone) so the screen doesn't scratch.

RE: Not enough flex
By lagomorpha on 12/20/2012 1:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if artificial sapphire will ever be cheap enough to replace glass. Talk about scratch resistant...

RE: Not enough flex
By JediJeb on 12/21/2012 10:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
My friend is working for a company in Russia that is working on things like that. They currently make the largest sapphire wafers for PV and Semiconductor use.

RE: Not enough flex
By Piiman on 12/22/2012 1:19:56 PM , Rating: 1
Why would those need to be flexable?

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