Newsletters
Technology, Discovery & Innovation NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Computing Digital Life Discovery Space More Topics...
Mobile Tech
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Samsung Again Teases Flexible Displays, But Will Anything Come of Them?

Samsung Again Teases Flexible Displays, But Will Anything Come of Them?
By Adam Dickter

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"Samsung and a few other vendors have been teasing the market for some time on flexible displays but so far as I can see, their yapping hasn't done much to create buzz around the idea, let alone actual demand," said analyst Charles King. "The more attention they receive, the more flexible displays look like a classic 'solution in search of a problem.' "
 


Way back in the fall of 2011 -- a lifetime ago in the tech world -- a top Samsung official, Robert Yi, told investors that a new type of technology, flexible displays, would likely be part of the next generation of smartphones the following year.

Well, 2012 came and went and Samsung still hasn't marketed a prototype with such an OLED display, although the technology is already workable. Nokia, too, has dabbled in the technology, showing off models that same year, and Sony has had workable models of a paper-thin bendable display as far back as 2007.

Lo and behold, bendable display talk is back at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the site of much talk about products that may or may not make it to the consumer market, and Samsung has dropped a new trademark name on the table: Youm.

Plastic Instead of Glass

That's what Samsung is calling its line of bendable displays for smartphones and tablets. In a keynote address, Stephen Woo, president of Samsung's System LSI Business, Device Solutions Division, and Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung Display, showed off the latest prototypes of devices with a bendable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, and a Microsoft executive, Chief Technical Strategy Officer Eric Rudder, even displayed a working Windows Phone device with such a display.

"Our team was able to make a high-resolution display on extremely thin plastic instead of glass, so it won't break even if it's dropped," said Berkeley, according to Samsung's release on the event. "This new form factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities...[and] allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices."

While there is a definite "wow" factor for bendable displays, something truly new in the mobile arena, it remains to be seen if consumers will be drawn to it, or comfortable enough in its durability to take chances in owning one.

Just Yapping?

"Samsung and a few other vendors have been teasing the market for some time on flexible displays but so far as I can see, their yapping hasn't done much to create buzz around the idea, let alone actual demand," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

"The more attention they receive, the more flexible displays look like a classic 'solution in search of a problem.' Unless Samsung and other involved parties can define some compelling need or use case, flexible displays are likely to become one of those long-discussed yet quickly forgotten misadventures."

Samsung also used the presentation to showcase energy-saving features of its displays, saying the 10.1-inch Nexus 10 tablet's 2560x1600 resolution and 300 pixels per inch picture uses only 75 percent of the juice of previous displays. The goal for coming models is to reduce consumption an additional 25 percent.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Tech
1.   HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
2.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
3.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
4.   Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Watch Info
5.   Google Buys Contextual Image Startup


advertisement
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
Users: stick to apps from Google Play.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
HTC One M8 Windows Phone Unveiled
Can be POS device for small business.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
Sci-Tech Today
Home/Top News | Computing | Digital Life | Discovery | Space | Innovation | Health | Science News
Environment
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.