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Samsung Confirms 5.5-inch Flexible Smartphone Screen

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Sports 1,280x720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density.

Samsung has confirmed that it'll debut its 5.5-inch flexible screen for smartphones during CES in January.

Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, will showcase a pair of bendable screens at CES that may appear in a new smartphone or TV design, so says company representatives.

The South Korean company will show its 5.5-inch flexible screen intended for smartphone use to attendees, with the display boasting a 1,280x720-pixel HD resolution, as well as a 267 pixel density.

Samsung Display stressed that a flexible display offers deign freedom to consumers. However, the firm said that while its demo screens curve without rending, they don't have the ability to roll up yet.

The company, who was recently named the worldwide leader in the entire cell phone market, is rumored to be integrating its flexible screen into the Galaxy S4.

 

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    rocknrollz , December 20, 2012 9:59 PM
    C'mon guys think, this pretty much means if you drop your phone nothing is going to happen. No cracked screen.
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    Anonymous , December 20, 2012 9:45 PM
    Do this with the coming Galaxy Note 3, imagine a 6.3 inch screen you can fold in half.
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    nitrium , December 20, 2012 9:46 PM
    I guess that's pretty cool, but I'm not sure about the application. Does anyone really want/need bendy smartphone screens? Isn't at the end of the day flat best?
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    Abion47 , December 20, 2012 9:52 PM
    Flexible... smartphone screens? Unless the phones themselves will be flexible, I don't really see the point.
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    rocknrollz , December 20, 2012 9:59 PM
    C'mon guys think, this pretty much means if you drop your phone nothing is going to happen. No cracked screen.
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    lebois kid , December 20, 2012 10:02 PM
    Gummi Phones! To me, unbreakable is more important that bendable. It's are to imagine the applications for this until someone makes them. Maybe a flexible phone that is more comfortable in the pocket?
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    anhxeom , December 20, 2012 10:21 PM
    "its demo screens curve without RENDING, they don't have the ability to roll up yet."

    What function is that??
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    house70 , December 20, 2012 10:22 PM
    pgoochWould of liked it to be better than the retina display =/

    Which "retina" display are you talking about? The 300PPI, the 227PPI, or something in between? According to the 'inventor' of "retina" term, any of these can be called "retina" if it suits the manufacturer.

    It's only a meaningless marketing term, no reason to obsess about it. There are plenty of displays available on phones that have a higher PPI than a "retina" one, yet manufacturers don't use that term. Maybe it's a trademark thing, IDK, or maybe they just don't give a damn about meaningless terms.
    Once you need a magnifying glass to be able to discern any separate pixels, you're in "retina" territory. This particular display meets the requirements. However, it will be better, because you will not break it if you drop the phone.
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    tomfreak , December 20, 2012 10:23 PM
    If u wanna get bigger, u gonna go Flexible.

    posting here b4 Someone say Apple invent Flexible screen.
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    tomfreak , December 20, 2012 10:24 PM
    Abion47Flexible... smartphone screens? Unless the phones themselves will be flexible, I don't really see the point.
    Why not if ur smart phone turn into a scroll?
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    PhilFrisbie , December 20, 2012 10:44 PM
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    Flexible... smartphone screens? Unless the phones themselves will be flexible, I don't really see the point.

    When they can roll up we might see Earth Final Conflict styled roll-up phones. And if it were translucent it would be great for augmented reality apps. . .
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    Max Collodi , December 20, 2012 10:45 PM
    anhxeom"its demo screens curve without RENDING, they don't have the ability to roll up yet."What function is that??

    It means the screen won't tear when when its bent.
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    nuvon , December 20, 2012 11:41 PM
    Will it still be "touch" screen?
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    weaselman , December 20, 2012 11:46 PM
    Wow Spam ! Bye, were not interested. And your spelling is bad allybee1.
    Anyway I think a flexible screen is a good idea as it will reduce the weight of a phone, and make them a bit slimmer or allow them to put more features into them.


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    assasin32 , December 20, 2012 11:52 PM
    nitriumI guess that's pretty cool, but I'm not sure about the application. Does anyone really want/need bendy smartphone screens? Isn't at the end of the day flat best?


    For smartphone the use I can see is making a flip phone with 1 continuous screen if it bends that much.
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    Kami3k , December 21, 2012 12:27 AM
    anhxeom"its demo screens curve without RENDING, they don't have the ability to roll up yet."What function is that??


    RENDing not RENDERing.
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    digiex , December 21, 2012 1:32 AM
    ...and this technology is off limits to Apple for now.
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    the3dsgeek , December 21, 2012 1:56 AM
    soldier2013Do this with the coming Galaxy Note 3, imagine a 6.3 inch screen you can fold in half.

    They would need a folding PCB to go with that, and i don't think its possible yet
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    ikyung , December 21, 2012 2:53 AM
    otacon72Ok so the screen can bend...the rest of the device can't and who cares if it can bend..lol

    That is how technology growth works. You expand on one category which opens gates to expand in a different category. For example, Savery wanted to remove water out of coal mines without having to manually grab buckets of water and carry it up and out. So he invented a way to turn water into steam and use the pressure to remove water. That turned into a steam engine, which turned into steam engine cars, which turned to oil engine cars, which is how we have modern day cars.

    Now decades from now, some guy will explain how Smith discovered photocunductivity which led to moving images, then television, then plasma displays, then LED screens, then Samsung's flexible displays, which led to a cure for cancer. (joke for the last part)
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    TheBigTroll , December 21, 2012 2:59 AM
    if i can fold it in half or more times over, then id get these huge phones
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