Samsung to release flexible smartphone displays in 2012

For some reason, flexible smartphone devices and displays are the new black this week. Earlier in the week, Nokia showed off a prototype of such a product at its Nokia World conference. Now PCWorld.com reports that Samsung, in its financial conference call to investors on Friday, said that the company would be releasing smartphones with flexible screens in 2012. Samsung showed off its own prototypes of the technology at CES 2011.

The idea of having a smartphone screen that could be manipulated physically by the user may not be a new idea but it certainly seems to have caught on, at least in the research lab and as a way to impress the press at media events and trade show. Unfortunately, what works as a prototype sometimes doesn't work in a retail product.

One problem with such a display is that it may not be as bright as regular smartphone touch devices. Another problem is incorporating features that use the technology. Nokia showed that its prototype screen could be used to scroll through a smartphone's song or picture collection but let's be honest; is that more effective than just touching the screen in order to do the exact same thing?

Perhaps a flexible screen could be created to be rolled up or folded in order to save space and then rolled back up to serve as a bigger screen for a notebook PC. But, we would need to see how Samsung uses it in a smartphone in order to be convinced it's more than just a flash in the pan.

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It's a cool idea but only if done right. Screen bending-gestures isn't really useful or any more simple than what we already have.

As stated in the article though, being able to roll up or fold the device to save space would be great. Or bend the top of the screen in the sun to cast a shadow over the screen and make it easy to see.

This will only be good if they make the entire device bendy though, if they're just going to add bend gestures like Nokia's prototype it seems pretty pointless...

Somewhat of a gimmick in 2011-2012, but it's a step closer to realizing Microsoft's "Future Vision" of mobile computing. Microsoft + Samsung = future.

This could be a wonderful advancement for people with disabilities. Esp. those don't have fine motor control (people with parkinsons or spacity in the fingers etc). I hope it takes off ...

I bet if apple was releasing a phone with this technology, both the author and all the apple fanboys would be frothing at the mouth, saying it's the most coolest and bestest and awesomest thing they ever saw.

smooth3006 said,
Screw samsung and their cheap phones they refuse to keep updated.

Why don't you stop complaining and make something better?


smooth3006 said,
Screw samsung and their cheap phones they refuse to keep updated.

Yea, cheap phones. Why now they are the number one phone make and ahead of Apple, for now.

If you dont like Samsung, dont use them and dont post stupid comments like this.

smooth3006 said,
Screw samsung and their cheap phones they refuse to keep updated.
Like the Galaxy?

All you do is moan on news articles... Are you just mad you didn't innovate this first? Go join apple.

Xerax said,
Like the Galaxy?

All you do is moan on news articles... Are you just mad you didn't innovate this first? Go join apple.

nope i use htc, ive had 3 samsungs and they were horrid.

techbeck said,

Yea, cheap phones. Why now they are the number one phone make and ahead of Apple, for now.

If you dont like Samsung, dont use them and dont post stupid comments like this.

you couldn't pay me to use apple or wp7.

smooth3006 said,

you couldn't pay me to use apple or wp7.


Yes someone could. They put 1 billion dollars on your desk and you will dig up Steve Jobs' grave and suck his.........

I hate when people say "you couldn't pay me to" because at the end of the day, most people will do something for money and if you wouldnt, someone else would.

MASTER260 said,
Yay, were one step closer to the newspaper computers of the original Microsoft Future Vision video!

+1

MASTER260 said,
Yay, were one step closer to the newspaper computers of the original Microsoft Future Vision video!

+1

MASTER260 said,
Yay, were one step closer to the newspaper computers of the original Microsoft Future Vision video!

+1