Folding and flexing screens?

OLED is an emerging display technology that enables beautiful and efficient displays and lighting panels. Some may argue that it is the best display technology to date. OLEDs displays are already being used in many mobile devices and TVs. The next generation of these panels will be flexible and bendable and even roll able.


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When we talk about flexible OLEDs, it's important to understand what that means exactly. A flexible OLED display is based on a flexible substrate which can be either plastic, metal or flexible glass. The plastic and metal panels will be light, thin and very durable - in fact they will be virtually shatter-proof.


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The first range of devices that use flexible OLED displays are not really flexible from the user perspective. The device maker bends the displays, or curves it - but the final user is not able to actually bend the device. These first-gen flexible OLEDs are adopted many premium smartphones, for example the Samsung edge-type Galaxy phones or Apple's iPhone X and Xs. Besides the beautiful designs, a flexible OLED has several advantages especially in mobile devices - the displays are lighter, thinner and more durable compared to glass-based displays.


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Second generation flexible OLED displays can be bent by the user - these can be used for example to create foldable smartphones - the first range of which hit the market at the end of 2019 with Samsung galaxy fold.


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