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Samsung, LG coming with flexible screens by November: Can we expect for Galaxy S5?

August 21, 2013 at 2:34 am | News Desk

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Though earlier reports suggested Samsung won’t be able to bring flexible displays to consumer products this year, a new report claims that like LG, Samsung will also have devices with flexible screen technology out in the market by November this year.

According to the Korean site ET News, both Samsung and LG will have devices out on the market by the end of this year that use flexible screen technology. Now before you get too excited, note that “flexible” in this case means screens that are bent on a single plane, then likely fixed in one position. Put another way, don’t expect to see a phone with a screen that can roll up like an Egyptian scroll.

Assuming Samsung can obtain 100% yields at their factories, they should be able to ship 1.5 million 5 inch to 6 inch flexible panels per month starting this November. Yields are never 100%, however, so let’s be generous and assume they’ll be 66 percent. That’s still about a million panels a month. Not enough to go mainstream, but for a super-ultra-flagship phone? It can work.

Besides being flexible, why should you be interested in this new display technology? The screens themselves are not made out of glass, they’re made out of a plastic substrate that’s far more resistant to damage. You’ll hear the term “unbreakable” get thrown around a lot, and while I think that’s pushing it, you’ll definitely be able to drop your flexi-phone to the ground and not have to worry about it getting a nasty hairline fracture.

Galaxy S5 with flexible screen:

Samsung has long been rumoured to be working on flexible displays but there is still time to develop this technology and feature it in the next Galaxy S iteration, in the same way that the Galaxy S4 was able to introduce new features that were not yet seen in other phones before it.

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