Flexible, wearable phones – stuff from sci-fi flicks that we have all drooled over, might show up in the market as early as next year. Flexible OLED displays have earlier been demoed by several display manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and Sony. Some of them, like Sony, have been researching on bendable displays for nearly a decade; however, none of them have been able to simplify the process to make them suitable for manufacturing in bulk.
Now, reports from BBC and WSJ suggest that Samsung might be in the last phase of development of flexible OLEDS. Devices using these next generation displays will be extremely light and unbreakable, as they will be using plastic instead of glass. Lee Chang-hoon, Vice President of Samsung’s display unit, confirmed that the company is currently sampling the displays with a few customers. A big challenge in creating flexible phones is that the entire assembly, including the display, battery, chipset, and the housing needs to be flexible. Mass producing such units have so far proved to be prohibitively expensive.
Reports suggest that the new flexible phones will be showcased in the first half of 2013. If that pans out, then chances are that Samsung might reveal something exciting in next year’s CES and MWC.