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Samsung smartphones could feature stretchable OLED displays at some point in future

24 May 2017, 05:33 | Kristen Gross

The South Korean manufacturer will showcase its 9.1-inch stretchable OLED panel at the Society for Information Display Conference taking place in the USA on Tuesday. SID is an worldwide event for the electronic display industry, which will run from May 23 to 25 in Los Angeles.

According to Korean media outlets, which first reported the news, the stretchable display was "the most advanced flexible display" to date.

Samsung is said to have created the balloon of displays as, when dented, the screen will instantly revert back to its original shape.

Samsung will reportedly show off a 9.1-inch stretchable OLED display at the SID 2017. However, sources are speculating that Samsung could be applying this to various devices including wearables, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and even automobile display. The image above of Samsung's stretchable display was released by the company on Monday.

While consumers are yet to see rollable or flexible displays on smartphones, in a lab sense, they have been around for some time.

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One Samsung Display spokesperson described the several properties of this stretchable OLED panel (via Korea Herald).

Samsung will showcase this display on Tuesday; the 9.1 inch display has the tendency to bend up to 12mm in both the directions without affecting the resolution. According to the same report from The Korea Herald, Samsung will also be bringing a glassless 3D OLED display and a new UHD LCD display.

Thebendable OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen which can stretch in both direction by as much as 12 millimetres might spell out a new era in phone screen technology.

"Flexible OLED production yield has improved dramatically over the last few years, which could prompt panel manufacturers to ramp up flexible OLED production lines". This makes the material ideal in the development and commercialization of flexible displays for the future.

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