Samsung built a 'unbreakable' flexible display2018-07-26 15:46 by Daniela
Samsung has developed a highly durable, flexible OLED panel that can survive repeated abuse without cracking. The company announced today that its "unbreakable smartphone panel" has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This means this ultra durable display is much closer to very profitable things like military and automotive contracts.
Instead of using glass, Samsung is actually attaching a hardened plastic that remains flexible. Optical characteristics are similar to that of glass, but physical properties make it many times more durable and unlikely to break during any day to day use.
One of the other benefits of using a plastic cover instead of glass is weight reduction. Although it may not seem like much, any little bit of weight saved allows greater flexibility for design engineers creating the rest of the product around the display. Whether that means denser batteries or simply lighter devices to carry around, it will help with the design of future products.
The screen survived dropping it 26 times from four feet and subjecting it to extreme temperatures. It even survived a drop test at 6 feet without any battle scars. In a video posted by Samsung, the plastic-covered OLED panel survives direct strikes from a hammer.
At present, there's no word on how soon these displays will arrive to market — it might be too soon to feature in next month's Galaxy Note 9 unveiling, though the South Korean manufacturer could have something special in the works for next year's Galaxy S10 range.
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