Dec 05 AT 3:28 PM Taylor Wimberly 155 Comments

Samsung shows off flexible displays in new concept video

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Want to see what kinds of experiences Samsung thinks their flexible displays will enable? We’ve already seen similar futuristic videos from the likes of Corning, but now Samsung Display has released a quick demo video that shows off some concept devices that feature transparent, flexible displays.

Don’t expect anything as crazy as the concept devices in the video below, but the first flexible displays should allow handset manufacturers to come up with some pretty interesting designs.

Samsung has been talking about flexible displays for years, but 2012 could finally be when we see them featured in consumer devices. Our friends at PCWorld recently reported that Samsung expects to introduce flexible displays in the first half of 2012, and handsets should be the first devices to take advantage of them.

Expect to see more details about Samsung displays at the upcoming CES next month.

Via: Engadget

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  • Shadowlore

    Didn’t Samsung and.. I think Vizio show off some flexible displays at CES last year? I vaguely remember seeing some video of 2 vendors folding LCDs in half and such.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yep Samsung had several flexible and transparent displays on demo at CES 2011.

    • Sil Claeys

      Yea they did, I remember it as well. This new technique could broaden up the whole smartphone market, but I don’t think it will be consumer friendly from the start. I think it will take a few more years for this concept to become a vague reality. Hope it does, though.

      • Richard Pawley

        So, I love watching these promotional concept videos. I love seeing devices demoed at tech shows and even better, I like playing with these devices and seeing what they’re actually like…

        What I really don’t like, is waiting. Years? I want this now!!

    • latouffe

      Dlexible is flexible. Here on the video we saw 3d holograms? Comon! A couple weeks back we coudl see the first presentation of a hologram. (i think russian construction) Working on steam or by burning the particles in the air.
      Were far from this video.

  • Diaeko

    YOOOOOOO
    noway thats amazing
    is this just fore the display or anything(the “tab”)
    this would be THE TAB

  • awesomellamas57

    come on samsung! get it out there before apple and then sue their asses!

    • kazahani

      I think that you are forgetting that Apple has a patent on rectangles.

      • pjamies

        and squares and circles .. and technology … and .. and ..

        • Oscar Ortega

          and the color black.

          • sylar

            and on using gestures on a touch screen.

        • Adam Jones

          has Apple got the patent on “transparent” yet?

          • Merridus

            It’s pending, it will be approved right around the time something is released using it.

        • dnar56

          And life itself

      • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jes

        What that they’re not allowed anywhere in Cupertino?

      • stenzor

        Also uncluttered interfaces… this looks way too clean

      • Bryan Stoner

        mmmm too thin too.

      • mackncheesiest

        And on patenting.

    • kevin charliethesuperturtle

      Apple: hurry copy it come on!
      releases shitty iPod
      Samsung: our galaxy s3 has flexible display!
      Apple: your violating patents!

      Classic apple

    • AndyNguyen362

      If this product came out before Apple does it, I’d bet they’d dominate the market for years to come.

      • Evokill1

        Word

  • Diaeko

    ouh ok
    >>Don’t expect anything as crazy as the concept devices in the video below, but the first flexible displays should allow handset manufacturers to come up with some pretty interesting designs.<<
    so just the display
    but whatfore?

  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

    Well, this would surely prevent my screen from cracking. Nexus 4?

    • geiko

      No, I’m tired of Samsung Nexii. I want Sony to get the Nexus next. With them dropping the Ericsson name, it should be interesting to see what they bring to the table.

      • Alex

        I may not mind Sony, but I think that Google really needs to get HTC back in on the Nexus action. I mean, the N1 was just dropped so it’s about time for a sequel.

        • Me

          As long as HTC dont use a Snapdragon processor then it would be great. OMAP over Snapdragon any day!

          • bdub

            I’d be all for some upcoming snapdragon action.

      • Bryan Stoner

        Asus Nexus~

        • stenzor

          Now that’s a tongue twister

        • WarDrake

          This is something i would approve of ^_^

          • Joshua Melling

            With flexi glass :)

        • Dan13

          Asus+Nexus=A transforming Nexus? Hopefully!

      • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

        I’m actually kind of curious about how a Nexus Droid would look like. There’s plenty of options… let’s see.

  • Toonshorty

    Just wait until Apple patent the “flexible screen”…

    They won’t patent the technology behind it, just the concept of a flexi screen.

    • Alex

      I’m waiting for Apple to put this in their next device and then getting sued by Samsung for it and not being able to sell in the U.S. That’d show ‘em!

  • Simon Sebastian

    i WANT this NOW
    please

  • Tal

    That is surely the future of mobile devices.
    I am looking forward for a mobile device that is say 7-9″, by simply allowing the screen to truly fold (unlike the Sony thing with the bezel in the middle).
    Unfold and u have a big tablet. Keep folded and u have a small screen device for voice.
    I doubt we see that in 2012 but 2013 might be the year.

  • http://brian.winebarger.me br14n

    The interpreter looks pretty awesome. Too bad that by the time we can all afford to have something like that in our hands my 6 year old son will be old enough to use it to pick up french chicks.

  • Vid Faith

    Ok, waaaau.
    that amazing, but they have to figure out where to put the processor and battery first. :)

  • Rob Vermeij

    Put this in a tablet and make in an All-In-One 10.1/8.9/7 Tab :P Just unfold to expand XD

  • Dlux

    I love stuff like this, but it just seems too far fetched at the moment. I hope they perfect cryogenics by the time I’m old. I’d love to see the world and what it’s like in 100+ years.

  • spintrex

    I’ve always thought of how great it would be to have expandable displays, having a screen size of a smartphone that can be stretched into that of a tablet.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Samsung always knew how to impress XD Awesome concept~ Can’t wait to see more.

  • mavensage

    All I could think of was no battery, chips or ports = no device. It looks magical but its no where near real.

    • stenzor

      What if the device was in your pocket and you could take out just the wireless screen and interact with it? Or maybe implanted in your brain

      • msgnyc

        That wireless screen still needs to house a motherboard/logicboard, processors, wifi/bluetooth, n the big guy. The power supply. Cant have a small battery else that screen will not last thru a phone call let alone anything like a movie.

    • GUI_Center

      In 10-15 years I bet it will be more than real along with many other things. Technology is moving so fast these days.

      • msgnyc

        While technology continues to advance, battery technology hasn’t……
        You still need to beable to power that screen somehow.

        They’ve been showing concept videos/pic/art of this type of tech since I was a kid.
        Flexable screens to use like snap on bracelets that act as a phones/digital watches/tv screens etc.

        The screen may be flexible, but you still need to encase it into something to hold the motherboard, cpu, gpu ram, battery wifi etc…….

  • mugurelu

    This is way better than the stupid ideas from apple for next Samsung products!!!
    Who’s the most innovative now???
    Samsung is!

    (don’t have nothing against apple (i almost buyed ipad 2) but they are asking for it! – Burn in flames apple!!)

  • thekaz

    oooo, bendy.

  • ranwanimator

    Flexible transparent and holographic! Not saying it could never happen, but it’s still in the realm of sci-fi. Let’s make it through the global financial crisis and then worry about whether or not our displays will fold in half.

    • Ironzey Ironzey

      It didn’t fold so much as bend. Either way seems like sci-fi, it’ll never happen.

  • Shay D. Life

    Not too sure how I feel about this. I know for one, the concept is far off from actually happening. There’s quiet a few things going on with this that brings a ton of questions. Battery, charging, screen protections, etc. I can’t lie though, it’s a great concept.

    • Futureboy

      Agreed that there is a lot to figure out, but at one point the same was said about the horseless carriage, air transportation, wireless telephony…

      With technology getting smaller, faster and better all the time, it is certainly conceivable that this can become reality in the not too distant future. If you put it into perspective, it wasn’t too long ago that the flexible display itself was a pipe dream!

  • Fabio Rojas

    cant wait to see what they will show next year.
    Hope they do it before the end of the world

  • MarkT

    Laminate this sucker into my windscreen now!

    • Futureboy

      Upvote for you my friend! I think this should be the first implementation for the flexible screen. We’ve been seeing awesome heads-up displays in “future tech” stories for years. The future is here and it’s time to make it happen!

  • VSG1314

    If i drop this on the ground, I might lose it like my contacts lol

  • Bill Swift

    Here’s a PDA/Phone idea with an expandable screen. Tiny & Big screens in one package would be fantastic.

    http://jan14info.blogspot.com/2010/05/unbelievable-technology.html

    • Max Bertz

      i like the design for the mp3-player on that page…the one with the disc-reader…but i promise ill be the first who cuts himself on that thing…that player looks kinda dangerous…. BTW the page is awsme

  • Ironzey Ironzey

    We’re only seeing the screen, maybe we’re just seeing the screen and the rest of it is connected to a projector pin that the user wears. Possibly, the guts of this device is embeded in a pair of glasses.

    I know it’s not real but it may not be as impossible as it seems. Jsut saying.

    • dfmckay

      Its possible that is something like the Sixth Sense projector from ted using the flexible material as a “grid”. cool concept at any rate.

  • Inuk Jung

    OMG…!!!! sooooo amazing..this is innovative thinking apple!

    • 666

      It’s imaginative thinking as in not real. This has no CPU, GPU, RAM, Radios, anything. It’s just the flexible glass with CG overlayed. A real product would look and behave nothing like this.

      • Bryan Stoner

        First off they have demonstrated that they can place microprocessors on synthetic material. As in material that bends. Your fault is that your mindset is stuck in the world of tried and true. Maybe if you break out of the mold of what a traditional computer looks like, you would see that in today’s world this sort of technology is possible.

        • Inuk Jung

          ^agreed

        • golcarcol

          While I agree that right now we can do some pretty awesome things with technology, we have to be realistic and know that a device like this (if it ever gets made) will not be made any time soon.

          Even if we “break out of the mold of what a traditional computer looks like”, we must still think of what a computer is made out of. You can’t build a computer without ram, gpu, radio (and in this case a camera and projector lens). And even if right now they are able to produce these things at the small scale that a product like this needs, we can’t be naive and believe that it will be cheap.

          Most technology that we have right now is old (as in, it has been invented years ago), however the public is just starting to use it now because the production costs have decreased enough to make it available to the consumer. A product like this would be very expensive, that’s why they just call it a concept of something that could be.

          • Inuk Jung

            What the guy meant was that the design of a computer can change from what the norm is now. So Samsung has prepared itself for that possibility with this kind of technology.

            And yes I agree that most of technology that we have right now is old but you have no idea how expensive this technology will be.

            Why do you need a radio for your computer or even RAM for that matter?? It’s to the point where a solid state drive could possibly substitute for available RAM. Plenty of CPUs even feature integrated graphics units as well as RAM onboard. So excluding some hardware elements would not necessarily detract from the performance of a computer.

          • golcarcol

            I agree that the design of a computer can change and we have seen it. A few years ago, who would have thought that a computer would fit in the palm of our hand (except the engineers who worked hard for it to happen =P). However the same principles of engineering apply, we need CPU, RAM, and GPU (integrated or dedicated), to name a few.

            You are right, I have no idea how expensive it will be, however there are other factors beside costs. Take for example the touchscreen, the first prototype of a touchscreen was created around 1965, it took us about 40 years to improve it to the point of what we have right now, imagine how long it might take us to have that device on the video.

            Regarding the radio thing, I meant that if the device is a cellphone, it’s going to need a radio to work. And while I agree that newer CPUs have integrated GPUs, they both have to fight for access to the RAM. And even though Solid state drives are crazy fast, RAM is still faster, since most manufactured SSD use non-volatile NAND memory. While there are there are some SSD that are DRAM based, they will lose all information as soon as they lose power. So, while I agree that there are perhaps a few things that could be improved on (or merged), it will take a long time to see something close to what the video demonstrates.

            Keep up the discussion =)

  • Jeremy Johns

    I think that is a cool video, however I believe it to be just that… A VIDEO. Nothing of that scale and technology will make it into a consumers hands for at least 5 years. No HDMI out or usb ports etc etc etc. I know the cloud is the future but we cannot rely 100% on the cloud.

  • Futureboy

    Here’s hoping for a Nexus Flex in 2014!

  • Kevin Amundson

    This is a very interesting concept for future technology, but the display is only part of the devise(s) that we currently use on a daily bases. Unless they can make all the components flexible we won’t be seeing anything along the scale of this video. I do think that it is an exciting technology and I can’t wait to see what sort of flexible displays they announce when they get this technology developed!

  • Chad

    Phones would be cool with this technology, but I’d like to see 7.7, 8.9 and 10.1 Tabs utilizing this first, that would be sweet and would require me to happily empty my pockets!

  • MoSDeeb

    Amazing concept; just like the mozilla seabird phone from a while back

  • seven2k

    Pretty cool. Hope no one steals the idea.

  • eioous

    That is pretty sweet

  • Oscar Ortega

    Amazing can i throw it like a boomerang and expect it to come back?

  • CJ LaFleur

    Samsung has had the best displays that have revolutionized the market since the original galaxy s. now we are seeing them push forward and continue to innovate, leaving apple in the dust! this is just one more chapter in the continuing revolution against apple’s tyranny!

  • Nathan Mikami

    Count me a future customer if it’s half as good as that video suggests.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Nice, Korean guy (well, maybe woman) chattin’ with French girl (or, woman who speaks French).

    heh

  • sylar

    Well I don’t really want anything that is see through, i like people not being able to see through my phone screen.

  • ffff00

    It’ll be interesting to see what they make of these.
    I just want transparent displays for my windows & mirrors already.

  • Leo Young

    As a concept, it is pretty cool. I imagine in time, they will be able to embed processing, power and display into one thin sheet.
    In the meantime, in the near future, being able to roll out as much screen as you want from a fixed device would be handy. On a call, just the stick. Need to look something up, pull out the phone display. Sitting down somewhere, pull out the whole tablet.
    What I do find unrealistic is having the display transparent. I am thinking of the movie Avatar, where the computer consoles had see through, wrap around displays. Not only would it be difficult to see the information against a varied background but the security and privacy issues would be insurmountable.
    Now, projecting what is behind onto the otherwise opaque screen . . .

  • Luke Haviland

    I love living in this time in the world. I would give it up for anything.
    I love being alove during the most innovated technology time..

    anyone else see that small smiley face at the bottom of the page under the copyright 2011 Android and Me?
    haha i just saw it

  • humidity

    I want it, I want it willingly…

  • Luke Haviland
  • Danthes24

    WOW the video they made is astonishing, well what to say hope that is our Future…:D

  • Clint Haynes

    Cool, but how to make it practical in everyday use?

  • myandroid99

    looks nice

  • Adam Jones

    So this is why they call it a “concept “. This is their idea of the future. And it looks great. All the talk of it couldnt happen, just remember that when you see it next year but with a case. Still flexible. And ports in that case around the edge.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Does anyone know the significance of the binary in the scene with the French girl? Decimal equivalent (assuming 4-bits per number, since that’s where the delimited it with spaces): 0318000-0248

    Kinda looks like a phone number, but I don’t know… or am I looking too much into this and it’s just some marketing sensationalist who said “hey, you know what would make this look even MORE futurey? ONES AND ZEROES!”?

  • Emmanuel Lazcano

    Coooooooooollll. :)

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    Hawt.

  • Michael C.

    Was that advert directed at the Japanese market, or are they expecting that the visual alone are sufficient to wow us non-Japanese-fluent people?

  • techvudu

    Not too concerned with flexible, as long as you can have the Tony Stark “LG” clear PDA like device from the courtroom scene in Iron Man 2. They already have transparent displays that were seen in laptops last year, within 5 or so I can see this a reality.

  • aykutb

    i heard apple owns you and the patents of being you

  • Nathan D.

    that would be a pretty cool to have, I would really show off with that just to be a jerk. that how cool that table or display looked in the video.

  • Adryan maldonado

    I like the concept of the flexible display but I really don’t want a see thru tablet unless that could lead to some kind of system where we could download skins or colors for our tablets. That would be cool.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Put some Android OS in that screen and I’m sold hehe.

  • tpulu

    Amazing stuff. But I don’t see a need for it yet. I mean, what if I’m watching pr0n lol then others would know I was….. Amazing technology and I can’t wait until someone puts it to good use.

  • donger

    amazing tech

  • Alex Pena

    Cool now instead of dropping out phones their going to blow away with the wind…

    • Luis Lopez

      funny… or i wonder if they will be water proof? and get lost under water…. being that the screen is transparent.

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    I am so on the Samsung bandwagon with this flexible Amoled concept idea…..but I’m a little confused on the purpose.

  • LukeT32

    Now explain why every time my girlfriend drops her Samsung Continium the screen breaks….. the first to time the color “leaked” out across the screen. Makes me warry of the Nexus. My OG Droid has been dropped many a time on concrete and the only thing that happens is the bezel chips.

  • Louis Atu

    Did someone say samsung galaxy X?

  • aranea

    Flexi-screen can take some of the multitouch gestures away. Flex one way to zoom in or our for example. And you won’t need to buy an armband for exercise just wrap the screen.

  • phaet2112

    How is this designed for actual daily use? What kind of thickness does this have to have to make it functional? How could you hold this? Stick handles on either side? There has to be some rigidity to avoid fatigue. Doesn’t seem at all realistic to hold a sheet of paper up to your face.

  • Anthony Massingham

    Flexible displays? Yes.
    Flexible cameras? I think we’re still a while off on that one.

    As soon as they get that technology down though, they can really get that ‘camouflage’ coat working properly! ( Cameras on one side, projections on the other ).

    I think flexible displays really are at the forefront of where portable computers can go next. I’d love a device that could be as flexible as soft fabric, but pass a small current through it and it becomes a flat rigid surface. Something like that would be great for a portable device.

  • Marlon Rompis

    Wow, with flexible screens coming I think future smartphones will look like a scroll.

  • sundaze

    this is cool!! i want one!

  • jenskristian

    Looking sweet :)

  • ToonPanda

    Damn, please hurry Samsung! :)

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva
  • Wojciech ZiÄ™tek

    I love this! Dreaming about future tablets just begin!

  • http://androidtidbits.com Androidtidbits.com

    This device device really looks like one on the movies. Is this really possible?

  • frmorrison

    The future will be great.

  • Peter Dowling

    hm, Galaxy S4 Just got sexy

  • akjax

    Been dreaming about these for ages

  • laosgurllynn

    Flexible + Non-breakable = Only Galaxy!

  • http://ilysespieces.tumblr.com Ilyse Rose

    It’s the futureeee!

  • enoch161

    Heaven in my pocket

  • megatec45

    That display incorporated with a flexible PC Board could mean a smart phone that you can fold up and keep in your wallet!

  • JC005

    It seems to good to be true. Like flying cars or jetpacks for everyone. I’ll still buy it anywas :-)

  • dandroid4g

    This would offer great portability

  • thechad

    how cool are these going to be. I can’t wait till cool stuff gets cooler

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    Though, i like “future possibility” videos…I’d rather see a demo of what they’ve accomplished at this very moment along with it.

  • Khronykking

    I can’t wait to see the implementation in 2012 not these crazy over the top concept videos. Even a piece of hardware where the chipset, battery, etc are in a handle along a side with a flex screen extending out would be awesome to play with.

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com xfaith

    Can’t wait to see how these will be implemented.

  • Mitch Sears

    See through display and screens with active texture? Man, one day I’ll tell the story of how hard I worked to save up for my first tablet (which not everyone had back then) and talk about it’s quad-core processor (which was fast in my day) and an operating system we all called ice cream sandwich (which was hip in the 2010′s).

  • http://justinsanchez.com sp4rky

    The possibilities are endless. Phones could become tables with just a few unfolds.

  • DKLDroid

    I think this is cool. Imagine having a device the size of a cigar and roll out a tablet sized screen.

  • http://www.ndroidgamers.com B2L

    This looks extremely awesome, even though we won’t see it for a while.

  • note

    It looks like a lot of other innovations, not just the screen itself, though it is the biggest… They have to come up with some interesting power source and pieces of transparent hardware… sure it looks very easy to use and handy…

    • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

      It will most likely have a bevel that will hide the components, so that the screen itself can be close to what is seen here. I can’t imagine the bevel being too big with the rate that components are shrinking each month almost.

  • Grant Molden

    I don’t think this would be useful in the real world.

  • http://nickvettesephotography.com Nicholas Vettese

    With all the hoopla surrounding the Crapple lawsuits, I think has forced Android Manufacturers to innovate beyond what is available today. I think Samsung is at the heart of the innovative processes, and I look forward to supporting them every step of the way.

  • hkz4lf

    Very Cool. Always amazes me when I think back to my first phone and how cool I thought that was.

  • blaseb

    Very interestingg..

  • HoLfElDeR

    Cant wait to see this in RL,it would be so cool

  • gherea

    Very cool. Maybe in 2 years……

  • deucex

    Sure we’ll have to wait for it but it’s great to know the technology is possible!

  • Jeremiah Akin

    Unless they have a clear, flexible battery I don’t see how they could do any of the things in the video.

  • jonathan heek

    I don’t want a flexible display. I want my galaxy nexus!

    • Max Bertz

      How about both ? ^^

  • Max Bertz

    First time ever you are not going to run against poles,walls,people or your cat ,while typing…

  • spazby

    way cool…

  • ccn_cristi

    This is awesome! When will it be on the market ?

  • kimminer1

    groovy

  • antfelici

    This looks amazing

  • antfelici

    I want one right now

  • antfelici

    Are these ever going to be available?

  • Glenn Falvey

    clever

  • James

    sorry but can anyone explain to me how these screens are being powered at all in samsungs ‘theoretical’ advert?

    They’d have a battery life of erm 1 hour?