Samsung's Newly-Certified Screen Is Bendable and Unbreakable
Shattered phone screens are an unavoidable part of modern life for many, but Samsung wants to change that. As CNET reports, the tech company has been working on a bendable screen that doesn't crack on impact. The technology has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, which means it's ready for commercial devices.
The screen, which bends like a sheet of plastic, consists of a durable OLED panel beneath a fortified window. Not only is the material flexible, but it's also virtually shatter-proof. Other bendable interfaces on the market tend to crack under stress; this Samsung display, on the hand, survived being dropped from 4 feet 26 times in testing without a scratch.
The groundbreaking material could lead to the reinvention of the flip phone. According to reports, Samsung is incorporating its flexible OLED screen into a phone that folds in half like a notebook without a seam breaking up the display.
Many brands have teased flexible phones in recent years, including Samsung. In 2016, Lenovo showed off a smartphone that curls around the wearer's wrist like a slap bracelet, and at 2013's Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung executives previewed their bendable OLED material in front of a live audience. Now that the technology has been certified, it may finally start appearing in Galaxy phones released in the future.