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Flexible Smartphones…Samsung’s Game Changers?

Flexible Smartphones…Samsung’s Game Changers?

by Stephen BrownMay 15, 2017


Samsung’s Game Changers. Flexible Smart Phones… shatter & break proof.. 50% lighter, very cool.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is moving forward with its plans to make displays out of flexible plastic. This move would allow smart devices to be lighter, shatterproof…and bendable??

Upon looking at the picture, understandably the question of  “how did they do this?” has come into your mind at least a couple times. As with most things, I wanted to see how all of this really works.  So allow me to briefly explain. Flexible displays incorporate what is known as OLED layers. In the short, OLED  is a paper thin translucent polymer, that allows light to be transfered thru it freely without having to use glass & crystals (which as we know is what actually shatters on a device.) An OLED consists of the following parts:

The Substrate (clear plastic, glass, foil) – The substrate supports the OLED.

The Anode (transparent) – The anode removes electrons (adds electron “holes”) when a current flows through the device.

This Technology has been around for sometime, and while Samsung’s competitors such as  Apple were focused on developing the iPad and other hardware, the Korean manufacturer  has been quietly moving this technology through the scientific community and BETA testing for about 4 years now.

With an extremely successful showing at the CES trade show, Samsung is gearing up to produce not only flexible  phones, but  flexible televisions as well in the up coming months. Hopefully, It wont be long before these flexible smart devices start making their way onto store shelves ( They wont be cheap though). However, this is definitely game changing technology.

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Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown @SteveBTech is a Technology Entrepreneur, & Int'l CES Judge. Along with being the founder of DigiLyfe, and Nubby.co, he is the founder of DigitalAfro.com, & StemStars.org an organization that teaches K-12 Students Science & Technology.