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Samsung Shows Off Flexible AMOLED Display

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Samsung's flexible AMOLED display is sexy and stunning.

Over the last few days, Samsung has mainly been in the news for its latest addition to the Galaxy S family, the Samsung Continuum. However, while the Continuum wasn't exactly breathtaking in the excitement department, another AMOLED creation from Samsung has caught our attention.

At FPD International 2010 this week, Samsung demoed a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display. SlashGear reports Samsung's display is possible because the company has developed a manufacturing process that allows the plastic substrate to withstand the 350-400 degree temperatures involved when assembling the various AMOLED layers.

Thanks to this new process, not only does the display boast the same deep blacks and gorgeous, eye-popping colors we're used to seeing with AMOLED, but it packs a WVGA 800x480 resolution and can be rolled up to tight to achieve a diameter of 2cm.

As with all flexible displays, the fabulous demonstrations don't extend as far as specific products and release dates but Sammy says it's looking at tablets and smartphones for this display.

Source: SlashGear, Tech On

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    xantek24 , November 11, 2010 2:43 AM
    digital beer cans disguised as soda!

    digital windshield displaying Google Maps while driving!!

    digital punching bag with steve jobs talking on youtube!!!

    or how about a digital wallet that displays how much money is in it while standing next to a mugger!!!!

    there is nothing wrong with this world :) 
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    xerroz , November 11, 2010 2:41 AM
    Pip boy 3000 please
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    reciprocalinhibition , November 11, 2010 2:24 AM
    Now the question is how to functionally implement this tech... Cool stuff possibly for glasses or windshields.
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    xerroz , November 11, 2010 2:41 AM
    Pip boy 3000 please
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    Randomacts , November 11, 2010 2:43 AM
    xerrozPip boy 3000 please


    This
  • 21 Hide
    xantek24 , November 11, 2010 2:43 AM
    digital beer cans disguised as soda!

    digital windshield displaying Google Maps while driving!!

    digital punching bag with steve jobs talking on youtube!!!

    or how about a digital wallet that displays how much money is in it while standing next to a mugger!!!!

    there is nothing wrong with this world :) 
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    kingssman , November 11, 2010 3:23 AM
    Watch Red Planet, they use a flex AMOLED for their mapping/ipad
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    cmartin011 , November 11, 2010 3:33 AM
    interesting i would like this for a laugh and awww with my friends or when it the tech improves to carry around a 17in or bigger version to make a nice mobile gaming screen u can carry with a portable power house computer in a phone format give 5-10 years that is
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    batkerson , November 11, 2010 5:06 AM
    Great for smart phones -- no more cracked displays. OOPS! Phone manufacturers either won't implement it soon, or service providers won't sell the phones as part of a plan 'cause they couldn't count on resales from broken screens. Long lasting products are the antithesis of our consumer culture.
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2010 5:18 AM
    @ xerroz

    How about the Pimp boy 3 Bilion?? (look it up its real in New Vegas)
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    eddieroolz , November 11, 2010 5:55 AM
    I swear I saw something like this before, and before that too...

    In other words, let's market this. This is better in a consumer's hands than as a pipe dream.
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 11, 2010 11:19 AM
    I want a screen that wraps around my head 180 degrees.
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    JMcEntegart , November 11, 2010 11:28 AM
    mlopinto2k1I want a screen that wraps around my head 180 degrees.


    Just because, right? :p 
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    thechief73 , November 11, 2010 12:03 PM
    I do not recall the companies name or the exact tech that was used, but Tom's had reported that similar flexible displays were still in development and a few years off still. Looks like Samsung may have pulled the rug out from under them and bet them to the punch.
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    Travis Beane , November 11, 2010 12:07 PM
    How about a flexible version that can also become completely transparent?
    Then I imagine it's be much easier to integrate such a product in our lives.
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    tburns1 , November 11, 2010 12:08 PM
    I want a screen that can wrap tightly around my face, with a picture of my face on it. That'll fool'em!
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    john_e , November 11, 2010 12:48 PM
    mlopinto2k1I want a screen that wraps around my head 180 degrees.



    My thoughts exactly except i was thinking of a 240 degree dome structure where ur surrounded by the images, great for flight simulator games and F1 or any racing games.
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    datawrecker , November 11, 2010 12:56 PM
    Forget the retina display. Gimme a flexible phone.
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2010 1:04 PM
    For some reason your comment made me think of He-man's Man-E-Faces!
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    warezme , November 11, 2010 2:05 PM
    whatever, different companies have been "showing this off" for years now, get some real products out and I will be impressed.
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    rgs80074 , November 11, 2010 2:39 PM
    hahahaha

    ever notice how our tech replicates what we see in the movies and tv series.

    these look like the originals of the types of flexible displays used on star trek and andromeda and such.

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    niz , November 11, 2010 2:53 PM
    This is not new news. Sony had it in 2007.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/132249/sony_philips_unveil_flexible_oled_displays.html

    More to the point, Sony have had it for at least 3 years and haven't put it in an actual product yet either.

    This tech is just another example of the cool things these companies prototype in their labs that are still years (or even decades) away from being in an actual product.
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