Samsung Secures Flexible Display Patent, Product Expected in 2013

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    Samsung has confirmed that they plan to kick-start mass production of flexible displays in late 2012 for 2013 devices. Future Android devices from Samsung could take on the shape of a book or an even more radical cylindrical shape. Taking a look at the graphic above the patent looks to also include a pull-out flexible display. We don't need to point it out to that this technology is going to blow the door wide open for Samsung's innovation in 2013. The flexible display will display properties of thinness, lightness, impact resistance as well as flexibility (duh!), which will result in an infinite amount of possibilities for smartphones, tablets and televisions. This is a game changer folks, and we cannot wait to see Sammy's 2013 product that features this technology.

    Samsung Tablet with a 7" screen that pulls out to a viewable 12" screen anyone? How about a full touch smartphone that folds up into a nice little package?

    Source: Patentbolt
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    Sammy's about to make some money. Time to go ahead and invest.
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    i hope Apple tries to use it without licensing and gets sued to hell! Ya, I'm bitter today.
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    I assume flexible screens would be shatter & scratch resistant. You could have a field day making commercial after commercial comparing a naked new Sammie phone vs. an IPhone with a bulky protective case.

    It is a game changer. But it's yet to be seen if they can truly bring this to market in 2013 at an affordable (and profitable) price. We saw prototypes of flexible screens 3-4 years ago, so maybe 2013 is a possibility. They say 2013, probably thinking late late 2013, and probably means more like late 2014/early 2015.
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    I've always found it an interesting paradox even with laptops that consumers want smaller, more compact, and more portable devices yet at the same time they want a large (super-sized) screen to go with it... :blink: It seems to me that Samsung is on the right path with flexible displays because they can make devices wear the display size adapts to the situation. A quick text message needs a small screen but sharing a youtube video or watching a movie with your friends needs a larger screen. Thus with a flexible screen the device can detect how far out you've pulled the screen and then adjust the OS to scale to that screen size. :biggrin:
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    Haha when I read about this a while back I thought it was just a concept thing, but that's pretty awesome. I don't know about 2013 though, seems like it would be too soon, but not complaining if that holds up.
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    Does a thin, rectangular object with rounded corners and no bezel still violate Apple's patents, with or without a button? :biggrin:
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    Haha the only people who can answer that are the apple brass...somehow i don't think even they're that bold!
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    Love it. Nexus. This screen. Monster battery.

    My future phone.
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    First thought actually seeing it working: awesome.

    Second though as per others: what up, Apple? Mayhaps you jumped stupid when waging war on Samsung? Time will tell.
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    This is the future and Apple will be stuck behind with their same lame iOS on their nice but easily breakable screen. "Hey bro, your phones ringing"..."Oh thanks dude, let me just ROLL it out and answer it." awwww yeaaaaaaaaaaa:icon_ banana::icon_ banana::icon_ banana::icon_ banana:
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    A pull down TV, just like a projector screen!
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    Wow, yeah, that idea completely slipped my mind. That's pretty huge, as well. And notice how thin those screens are? Probably so light wouldn't have to even anchor it, just screw it all the way into the drywall. And Sammie makes some great tv's, as well.

    2013 would be about the time I'm in a market for a new tv...But prices probably out of reach for at least a few years.
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    Good point on price. This is about as revolutionary as we've seen in screen tech in a long time so the initial pricepoint will definitely reflect that.
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    This is OLED tech, correct? LG had a 55" OLED (16.5lbs, 4mm thick!) at CES that is supposed to retail around $8k, predicted to drop by over 50% at the end of 2013.
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    I think I'll wait till it drops 75%...haha
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    this is extremely cool and revolutionary tech. Like someone said before, this is a game-changer. The possibilities for this are endless, roll up TV screens, wraparound TVs (forget surround sound, how about surround screen), touchscreen devices that no longer have to conform to any specific form factor (generic rectangular slabs), etc, etc.

    However, even if it does come out in 2013, early, late, whatever, chances are I won't be able to afford it for at least a few more years after that. I love checking out new tech, but for price reasons I usually wait until the second gen products are available, and I have a feeling that these are going to be expen$$$$$$ive.
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    I smell patent Backlash... Or am I the only one who has seen the movie,"Red Planet" and its use of a flex pull out device, lol.

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    Just wondering are batteries and everything else inside electronics flexible?

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