A promise for the past few years, the smartphone with flexible screen is still expected, technological limitations on other essential components such as the battery and circuit board, preventing it from overcoming prototype stage.
One of the great promises of the hardware manufacturers once with the initial introduction of devices with OLED screen is completely flexible electronics. In practice, all that is achieved so far are devices that pin OLED screens in a usual rigid casing, modeled after a predefined shape.
Otherwise, from mobile phones with curved screen shaped after the casing, to completely flexible devices that can be folded in your hand it is a long way, the foldable need to receive a long series of adaptations to prevent the rapid destruction of sensitive electronic components. A first step was taken with the launch of flexible batteries that can be molded into any desired shape. Equally encouraging progress has been made in the semiconductor industry, Samsung engineers announcing a new type of microprocessor that can be used in flexible devices.
The recipe is now completed by LG, with a new generation of flexible OLED screens, demonstrated by a prototype smartphone that can be controlled through touch commands hand movements, by flexing the case to initiate some commands. Thus, future flexible phones can be bent and twisted to move to the next page, or dose the throw in your favorite Android game. Unfortunately the demonstration did not come with a specific date of a commercial product launching.
On May 25th, 2016 Samsung displayed it’s latest flexible OLED display for smartphones. This would not be the kind of screen as in the Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung has been working for awhile on developing a fully flexible, bendable, twistable, mobile screens – it’s possible to see these in one of their 2017 models.