Samsung is about to reveal the world's first 'stretchable' display

Elizabeth Williams
May 22, 2017

An image of Samsung's stretchable display released by the company on May 22.

According to Yonhap News, the South Korean tech giant will showcase an uber-flexible OLED display at a U.S. tech fair in Los Angeles tomorrow that can bend as much as 12 millimetres in both directions when pressed.

The company said its display can stretch as much as 12 mm when pressed and yet still maintains a high degree of resolution. The flexible displays now being built by Samsung can only be bent or folded in particular direction while the stretchable OLED panels are said to be bendable both ways - in and out.

The stretchable OLED display is unique as it can bend in both directions, when compared to previous flexible panels that could bend in one direction only, the company said. The reports suggest that the 12mm-thick display will be able to fold both ways, can be curved and rolled.

There is no timetable yet as to when the stretchable panels would be commercially available. However, sources are speculating that Samsung could be applying this to various devices including wearables, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and even automobile display.

Several analysts believe that Samsung's display technology is far more advanced than its competitors, like LG. Dubbed as Galaxy X, the handset is rumored to sport foldable display, making it possible for users to transform it from being a phone to a tablet and vice versa. Samsung has yet to confirm the veracity of these rumors as of late.

Although it may take long, the flexible display market - mostly are curved only now - will continue to evolve into bendable, foldable, rollable and stretchable in the coming years, London-based research firm IHS Markit predicted. They are expected to constitute 15% of the total display market in 2024. This year, the sales are projected to reach $5.2 billion.

Samsung will also unveil a glass-less three-dimensional OLED display. This technology can be utilized for 3-D pop-up books, 3-D games and virtual reality. On the other hand, the ones on smartphones have 50,000 pixels.

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