Samsung Display unveils the (possible) future of flexible OLED screens

The combination between Samsung and flexible OLED screens can be considered a fact, confirmed by the considerable investments that the company makes in the sector and by its ability to continue to believe in products that are slowly taking their first steps into the market . A new site created Samsung Display dwells on the evolution of OLED screens , namely what are the implementations of these components: those that the Company is considering to implement in the future and which ones it already has brought to market.

More specifically, the Flex Series section site documents these types of flexible displays.

  • Flex B . Where B stands for Bar. So screen with vertical orientation and horizontal fold. It is a format already used by Samsung in commercial products, namely the Galaxy Z Flip smartphone range, and is mainly designed to contain the dimensions of the device. In the future it is likely a further refinement of this solution that could arrive already with the fourth generation (the Flip 4 is already starting to rattle).



  • Flex N . The letter N in this case suggests the word Notes. Judging from the image, this flexible display designed for vertical orientation and horizontal fold, like the previous one, but for larger devices, therefore perfect for taking advantage of the surface to take notes and perhaps freehand notes in combination with a S Pen. It could therefore be used for tablets of more or less large dimensions which, if necessary, can reduce the dimensions thanks to the folding display.



  • Flex S . S like Square, a screen with a more square format and fold vertically – book style. Even this format should not be new: it is in fact that of the Z Fold devices, now in its third generation.



  • S Flex. In this case the letter S stands for Slideable, meaning sliding. There are not a few who consider this format the best solution to avoid living with the fold of the display. The advantage is that, by always remaining in tension, the surface of the screen should appear much more uniform and free of the depressions that are created at the hinge. Although there are various companies engaged in this field (see the projects of Oppo and LG), devices capable of bringing it to the market have not yet been developed. Samsung undoubtedly has the resources and the capacity to do so, but at the moment it cannot be predicted when. S Flex screens could be suitable for use in both smartphones and tablets.



  • R Flex instead identifies Rollable screens, which can be rolled up. It is a format that had its first commercial applications but with not encouraging results for now due to the very high prices. It can be used, as LG did with its first rollable TV, to literally make a large screen disappear in the home. Also in this case the field of use is quite varied: there are already those who have imagined using this type of screen in the smartphone field (Samsung has held patents for years in this regard).

Samsung finally takes the opportunity to summarize some strengths of its flexible screens: minimum radius of curvature R 1.4, where competing OLED displays stop at R 1.5, and UTG glass which guarantees beyond 200. 000 bends, i.e. 100 folds per day for over 5 years of uninterrupted use. There will be time to evaluate if and which of the new flexible screen formats will arrive on the market, but the message is clear: Samsung Mobile and Samsung Display are at the forefront of this sector and want to continue to stay there in the coming years.


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