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Samsung Escalating Plans for Flexible AMOLED Screen

By - Source: Wall Street Journal | B 21 comments

Flexible display could be arriving next year.

With the product delayed from its original 2012 release, Samsung seems to be escalating production plans for its flexible AMOLED screen. An anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that the screen has approached its final stage of development at Samsung Display. The South Korean conglomerate hopes to release the product by mid-2013.

Samsung showcased footage of the technology last December, with a release originally expected to offer consumers the flexible screens during the latter stages of 2012. The prototype screens the firm has showcased thus far are made from plastic instead of glass. As a result, the product is able to deliver an extremely flexible and durable display.

No company has been able to mass produce the displays, but the Wall Street Journal suggests that Samsung's ability to invest heavily in the R&D of the flexible screens derives from recent profit stemming from its electronics division. The technology giant had made a record profit of $7.4 billion.

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    kartu , November 22, 2012 12:18 PM
    This qualifies as innovation but still pales compared to pitch to zoom and swipe to unlock. Not to mention rounding corners and calling high resolution displays "retina".
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    stoogie , November 22, 2012 12:26 PM
    go samsung!
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    vaughn2k , November 22, 2012 12:18 PM
    ... and Apple will sue you Samsung for copying their patent! /sarcasm/
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    vaughn2k , November 22, 2012 12:18 PM
    ... and Apple will sue you Samsung for copying their patent! /sarcasm/
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    kartu , November 22, 2012 12:18 PM
    This qualifies as innovation but still pales compared to pitch to zoom and swipe to unlock. Not to mention rounding corners and calling high resolution displays "retina".
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    stoogie , November 22, 2012 12:26 PM
    go samsung!
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    guru_urug , November 22, 2012 12:27 PM
    Apple will be kicking itself, losing out on Samsung's display technologies. Samsung will be innovating with flexible displays while apple is left coming up with next "revolutionary" size.
    Maybe the Galaxy s5 will be a flexible device. But honestly I dont know how practical this will be, it all depends on their implementation. Well, atleast they are trying something different and if they are putting their weight behind it so much, it must be something good. Kudos Samsung.
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    fuzzion , November 22, 2012 12:33 PM
    I hope we can roll it into a joint and smoke it.
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    A Bad Day , November 22, 2012 12:36 PM
    I see flexible tablets in the future.
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    jankeke , November 22, 2012 1:04 PM
    There won't be flexible devices anytime soon. We still can't make flexible chips, batteries, etc ...
    But they can be used in more creative ways, outside the world of phones and tablets.

    In the meantime, they will greatly improve the resilience of screens. No more broken screen from a mere drop.
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2012 1:51 PM
    I think one of the potential application of flexible display is to allow us to fold a big display, let's say 15" display into a much smaller volume and so that we can easily carry a big screen device around, and unfold it on table when needed. We might have to separate the CPU and GPU from the display and send the video data wirelessly to the display though as it should be difficult to fold other electronic components.
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    Mhawk13 , November 22, 2012 2:24 PM
    Hello augmented-reality windshields!
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    cats_Paw , November 22, 2012 2:43 PM
    I wonder what they will cost :D .
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    murzar , November 22, 2012 3:42 PM
    Innovation. This.
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    ojas , November 22, 2012 5:06 PM
    Now ebooks can actually be like books!
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    Darkk , November 22, 2012 6:35 PM
    eBooks can really benefit from this technology. Roll it up like a newspaper when not in use. Awesome!
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    unimatrixalpha , November 22, 2012 6:44 PM
    Samsung also has the luxury of having Transparent LCD as working prototype displays. These will be great for use by advertisers and pretty nifty even for home use when you can have it as a window to the outside of the home but can then use it to act a blinds, curtains, display nature scenes/weather info, etc...
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 22, 2012 6:59 PM
    I'm gonna put these all over my car windows and make electronic tint.
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    deksman , November 22, 2012 8:28 PM
    jankekeThere won't be flexible devices anytime soon. We still can't make flexible chips, batteries, etc ...


    False.
    Carbon nanotubes along with methods of production/integration were patented back in 1992.
    Same thing with synthetic diamonds in 1996.
    We already knew back then about flexible displays and paper thin computers from these 2 materials alone.

    Technologically and resource wise, it was possible to accomplish with ludicrous technological efficiency by the year 2000 at the latest.
    Is it 'cheap' to do however?
    Nope.
    Commercial companies are looking for 'cost efficient' (read 'cheap') ways to bring technology to the market and PROFIT from it in the long run.
    Why rush if you can milk outdated materials, technology and means of production?

    That however has NOTHING to do with our technological ability to do something in a sustainable and efficient capacity.

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    fonzy , November 22, 2012 10:53 PM
    A Bad DayI see flexible tablets in the future.


    Don't let Apple see that! Probably filing a patent for it at this very moment.
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    jankeke , November 23, 2012 4:23 AM
    deksmanFalse.Carbon nanotubes along with methods of production/integration were patented back in 1992.Same thing with synthetic diamonds in 1996.We already knew back then about flexible displays and paper thin computers from these 2 materials alone..


    I don't know if you can make flexible chips, batteries, memory, etc ... out of these materials but you still won't see a flexible phone or tablet anytime soon.

    deksmanCommercial companies are looking for 'cost efficient' (read 'cheap') ways to bring technology to the market and PROFIT from it in the long run.Why rush if you can milk outdated materials, technology and means of production?That however has NOTHING to do with our technological ability to do something in a sustainable and efficient capacity.


    That is very true of course.

    mhawk13Hello augmented-reality windshields!


    Those screens are not transparent. But Samsung has the technology to make transparent screens. I heard they could make a screen with multiple transparent screens overlaping each other to give a depth effect.

    Are they capable of making flexible transparent screen ? No but I am pretty sure they are working on it.
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    deksman , November 23, 2012 9:14 AM
    jankekeI don't know if you can make flexible chips, batteries, memory, etc ... out of these materials but you still won't see a flexible phone or tablet anytime soon.


    Oh its possible. These kinds of applications (not to mention others) were known to us for some time now.
    They can even be done from the inefficient materials we use today - but its a cost prohibitive process, and companies are in this to MAKE profits.
    We have ample supply of resources (and the technology/means) to do it, but 'profit margins' don't allow fast adoption of these technologies due to the above mentioned reasons.

    By comparison, commercial companies like Intel have already developed technology they will release in 10 to 15 years and could have created insanely small and powerful electronic hardware in the year 2000 using existing materials.
    Now imagine what could have been done if we used superior synthetic materials that can be produced in abundance and we used them to create the BEST of what is possible from a technological point of view (in line with our latest scientific knowledge) and efficiency.
    Simply speaking, commercial technology is about 60 to 100 years (if not more) behind of our scientific knowledge (that can be applied in practice, in abundance, efficiently and in a sustainable manner).

    Capitalism on the other hand simply doesn't work like that.
    This is why I CRINGE when I hear people say that new products coming out every 12 to 24 months are 'innovative'.
    They are anything but.

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    darkavenger123 , November 23, 2012 11:12 PM
    Apple will sue and said they invented plastic first.
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