A smartphone display that is truly unbreakable while yet being flexible is finally here, and the credit for the development goes to Samsung. No wonder, the evolution of the new type of display has fueled speculation the foldable Galaxy X could be its first recipient.
Samsung, of course, isn’t confirming any speculation just yet though there is ample evidence to prove the display is as strong and robust as is being claimed by its makers. The reason is obvious too given that the display uses a new type of plastic that has also been specially treated to enhance its strength. The plastic, in turn, replaces the usual glass layer used in conventional display panels on top of the OLED screen.
Samsung has also been showcasing flexible OLED panels for some time already. It just went on to use a layer of strengthened plastic on top of the OLED panel instead of the usual glass layer. This made the display to be strong while still retaining its flexible quality. This, in turn, makes it an ideal fit for the foldable phone Samsung is reported to be making though the same can be as good for all conventional smartphones as well, or for that matter, any devices that has a display attached to it.
As for its unbreakable status, the same has been certified by none other than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor. That their certification carries weight is evident from the fact that the same organization certifies military grade products as well.
The tests too has been far more rigorous than any smartphone display has perhaps ever been subjected to. That includes dropping the panels from a height of 1.2 meters for 26 times in a row. The tests were also conducted in varying temperature conditions and drop angles, and the panels came back unscathed each time.
In fact, the drop height was increased to 1.8 meters though that too failed to make any dent on display. It also continued to function normally even after the repeated drops, all of which makes it sort of revolutionary new development in the field of display technology. What’s remains to be seen next is its application in the development of a real-world smartphone device. Let’s just hope that happens soon enough.