Each year at CES the tech press goes abuzz with futuristic flexible displays, but the hype consequentially dies down as concepts fail to materialize in consumer products. Even Steve Jobs dismissed foldable display at the D8 conference, commenting on them as being “many, many years into the future”. But Samsung has been toying with flexible displays for some time and now they are about to mainstream the technology with consumer mobile products sporting bendable displays.

According to PCWorld, the South Korean conglomerate is “aiming to launch mobile phones with flexible displays next year”. The official confirmation came during a third-quarter earnings conference call with analyst, with spokesman Robert Yi saying:

The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part. The application probably will start from the handset side.

Flexible displays are rollable and bendable to adopt various curved appearances. They can even survive impacts from a hammer! How about your smartphone folding into a wrist watch?

International Business Times recently claimed Samsung was working on a Galaxy smartphone with a flexible AMOLED display, dubbed the Galaxy Skin. The AMOLED display uses plastic polyimide substrate instead of glass, which in itself allows for high flexibility. Microsoft, too, is betting on flexible displays in its vision of the post-PC future. Samsung Mobile Display showed off at CES 2011 a prototype of a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED Display with electro activity polymer, seen below. Another clip right after the break.

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5 Responses to “Samsung confirms phones and tablets with flexible displays for 2012”

  1. jondmichael says:

    imagine a display that folds to phone size, folds out to 14" (origami) and is so thin that folded it's smaller than your current phone.

    Or maybe you want a lapbook that can unfold to 27" display. or down to half size.

    or maybe just a piece of paper to write on that's intelligent and web-connected and can display a pdf or the NYT.

  2. Taylor Anthony. says:

    Okay that's just fucking ridiculous. Who would want a flexible display?

  3. chris says:

    cant say how it turns out to be but seems like innovative idea… best of luck Samsung you already doing great in terms of Galaxy series of smartphones.

  4. Egnat says:

    just keep one thing in mind: a flexible display isn't everything… the rest of the phone needs to go with that flexibility as well… as long as gorilla glass and/or batteries don't bend that much, we might get very interesting shapes but probably not a wristband phone…

  5. steve jobs says:

    man, that is SICK dude !