Samsung Shows Off Youm Flexible OLED Display at CES 2013

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During its keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas yesterday, Samsung showed off what many people had been waiting to see – the Youm flexible display technology (FOLED), and you’ll be pleased to know that it is every bit cool as hoped.

The screens are still very much in the prototype stage and were shown off purely as a concept, but Samsung has high-hopes for future smartphones sporting the technology.

“It won’t break even if it’s dropped, said Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung Display. “This new form-factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities … allowing our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices.”

Samsung showed off several demo units, each around 5-inches in size, the most impressive of which was a phone-like handset with a display that wraps around the sides. As the guys at The Verge – who managed to get their hands on the device – point out, Samsung has yet to decide what to do with this extra real estate, however, the idea is that users will be able to view notifications such as text messages along the sides, even if the screen is covered.

It’s been rumored for the past few months that the new Samsung Galaxy S IV, which is expected for release around April this year, would feature an unbreakable screen, but judging by this prototype, it is unlikely that it will come packing a flexible OLED. As The Verge reports, the phone-like device is not so much a phone as a touchscreen digital picture frame, lacking an operating system, camera, radio and pretty much every other feature that a modern smartphone requires.

Although reluctant to reveal any specifications of the prototype, Samsung did reveal that device is around 5-inches, with an aspect ratio of 16:9, and “about” a 720p resolution.

Naturally, no information was given on a release date or pricing, but it is very encouraging that flexible displays have advanced to this point in the past two years, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see the world’s first flexible smartphones in stores this year.

– Anthony Carter

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