Samsung’s highly-anticipated ‘ultra-flexible AMOLED’ screen-based technology for smartphones is rumoured to be put into a sellable product (either smartphone or tablets) within a year, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal.
The unique technology, which is a plastic screen functioning as a normal smartphone or tablet would but with the exception of being able to bend the screen without any fear of damage, with the touchscreen features still fully usable during and after a bend.
While the concept was first revealed by the South Korean company at the CES 2012 trade show in Las Vegas (USA) in January (and later in a more fictionalised setting), it is still unknown if or when a device that uses ‘flexi-screen’ will be on the market soon, although WSJ claim to have a quote from ‘an anonymous industry source’ that claims the ‘ductile displays’ will be seen on Samsung devices released as early as mid-2013.
Shinyoung Securities analyst Lee Seung-chul said of the potential developments from Samsung: “The key reason for Samsung to use plastic rather than conventional glass is to produce displays that aren’t breakable. The technology could also help lower manufacturing costs and help differentiate its products from other rivals.”
There are, however, rumours that Samsung’s production process for said devices are hitting delays, and reports that rival companies such as Samsung’s long-term patent antagonist Apple are planning a flexible screened-product of their own, rumoured to be a modified iPad. Will Samsung manage to get their version of AMOLED out on the market for in enough time to give it some free reign?