Smartphones are essential in people’s lives because they integrate the capability of a mini computer into a portable device. These gadgets are becoming more and more popular around the world, and actually most new handset purchases made in the US involve smartphones, Nielsen revealed in a survey. Thanks to the smartphone popularity, there is a strong competition between manufacturers to offer better and faster gadgets. Most enhancements are focused on processors, display size, the operating system, data transfer speeds and battery life.
Samsung has recently come out with a new technology: a flexible smartphone codenamed ”Samsung Galaxy Skin”. The display is very resistant, users can roll it, bend it and even hit it with a hammer and the display will still work. Samsung is expected to begin the production of the flexible AMOLED display in Q2 of 2012. The company uses a plastic polyimide substrate for this display type, not glass. Thanks to the AMOLED technology, the flexible display does not consume much energy and offers good screen brightness. The display’s flexibility also makes the smartphone a very versatile device. For example, the phone can be used as a mouse with the help of mouse-featured apps. Users can also put Galaxy Skin on the table and use it as a smart projector or they can turn it into a watch clock.
Future Galaxy Skin phones could offer remote sensing capabilities which could activate the solar battery charging based on changes in temperature, weather or color. Samsung may have designed the flexible display in order to use it as a trump card in the battle against Apple’s iPhone. The flexibility factor could indeed be an important factor in the purchasing decision for some users.
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