comscore Samsung may showcase world’s first ‘stretchable’ display this week: Report

Samsung may showcase world’s first ‘stretchable’ display this week: Report

The stretchable display will reportedly be showcased at the SID 2017 in Los Angeles.


Samsung has long been known to be working on flexible displays that bend and/or fold. While we still await the speculated Galaxy X foldable smartphones, latest reports suggest that Samsung is now preparing to showcase a “stretchable” panel. This kind of screen would be a world s first , and reportedly Samsung will be unveiling it at a US tech fair, which is slated for this week. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A03 with 48MP camera, 5,000mAh battery announced

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Whats makes this particular stretchable display stand apart from the previously showcased flexible display, is that the previous ones could be bent or folded only in one direction, while this particular one bends both ways. Samsung said its display can stretch as much as 12 millimeters when pressed, and yet still maintains a high degree of resolution. Samsung plans to showcased 9.1-inch versions of the stretchable OLED display. The product is expected to be widely used on devices that adopt the Internet of Things or artificial intelligence technologies. The stretchable display will be showcased at SID 2017 hosted by the Society for Information Display, which will run from May 23 to May 25 in Los Angeles, reported Yonhap News. ALSO READ: Samsung My Galaxy app: Your destination for movies, music, gaming, and more Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera details tipped: All you need to know

Many experts in the industry believe that Samsung s stretchable display calls for more complicated technology than any other displays in the market, and can be considered the ultimate product in flexible technology.

Samsung recently filed a trademark for the ‘Galaxy X’ moniker, which was widely believed to be the name for Samsung s new flexible smartphone. This trademark fell perfectly in line with leaks, which revealed model numbers for two devices — SM-X9000 (Galaxy X1) and SM-X9050 (Galaxy X1 Plus) — from a purported lineup. Samsung is also believed to rollout a limited initial release of one or two foldable phones in Q3 or Q4 this year. ALSO READ: How to use Samsung Pay in India: Here s our complete guide on how it works, how to setup and transact

Besides a smartphone with a flexible display, Samsung had last year also filed for a patent revealing company s plausible plans to develop a 3-in-1 foldable device that could be used as a watch, smartphone and tablet. The concept device had a stretchable OLED screen as well. According to the patent, Samsung may be aiming to develop a device using stretchable display and controlling method of the same.

Last year s patent describes that a stretchable display can be folded in different ways. According to the images in the patent application, the device collapses to a narrow strip, and can be worn as a smartwatch. Bending it slightly, it fits to your face, it turns into a smartphone with the top hooked to the ear and the bottom to the mouth. And if the device is further expanded, it turns into a tablet. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Apple iPhone 7: Low-light camera performance compared

It is worth mentioning that Samsung is not the only manufacturer experimenting with foldable or flexible displays. LG has long been working in this direction and has already commercialized the technology through rollable and flexible display panels for televisions. Lenovo, on the other hand, has showcased smartphone and tablet prototypes at the Tech World 2016 event. The foldable smartphone can be worn like a wrist band while the tablet can be folded down the middle and used like a large screened smartphone. However, these are mere prototypes and are yet to see the light of the day.

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  • Published Date: May 22, 2017 1:10 PM IST

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