Samsung creates “unbreakable” flexible OLED display for smartphones & tablets

Samsung creates “unbreakable” flexible OLED display for smartphones & tablets

Samsung’s Display division has announced that its recently-developed unbreakable and flexible OLED panel has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, an official testing company for OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) under the US Department of Labor. The unbreakable display developed by Samsung Display passed the rigorous real-time durability test that is based on military standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Samsung Display developed the flexible OLED panel with an unbreakable substrate and an overlay window on top of it. Current generation flexible displays attach a glass-covered window to their display that often breaks when the product faces impact stress.

The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices not only because of its unbreakable characteristics, but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity and hardness, which are all very similar to glass.

Hojung Kim, general manager of the Communication Team, Samsung Display

The Samsung unbreakable panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges despite being subjected to drop tests at 1.2 m (~4 ft.) above the ground 26 times in succession, and accompanying high (71°C) and low (-32°C) temperature tests. Even in subsequent 1.8 m (~6 ft.) drop tests, which is significantly higher than the US military standard, the unbreakable panel operated normally with no sign of damage.

The newly developed display is expected to find viable markets on smartphones as well as other electronic products such as display consoles on automobiles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles and tablet PCs.

Samsung’s announcement for its flexible and unbreakable OLED panel revolves mostly around its unbreakable characteristics; but does not touch upon its scratch resistance, or its other qualities as a display that would make it a good choice on smartphones, other than simply stating that these characteristics are “very similar to glass” — a statement that has a very wide scope for interpretation. Hopefully, Samsung has more up its sleeves on that end when the product comes closer to market release on actual consumer electronics.

Source: Samsung Newsroom

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