Samsung showcases new ‘stretchable’ OLED displays at SID 2017

DELHI: As expected, Samsung showcased its ‘stretchable’ OLED displays at the SID 2017 event, hosted by the Society for Information Display at the Los Angeles Convention Center. At the event, the company showed a ‘stretchable’ display, as well as a 1.96-inch 4K LCD and a 5.09-inch OLED panel.


The highlight of the show was a 9.1-inch prototype OLED display, which can be rolled and bent in any form. It also reverts to its original shape easily.
As reported by The Korea Herald website, these displays can be used in automobiles and wearable devices such as eyeglasses and smartwatches.
“While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed in only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed — whether curved, bent or rolled — in both sides, above and below” a Samsung Display spokesperson told the news website.


The stretchable display is said to resist dents up to 12mm. Since it is a prototype, there is no confirmation as to whether Samsung will ever utilize it in consumer products.
Samsung also displayed a 1.96-inch LCD prototype, which has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels and a pixel density of 2250ppi. Intended for VR applications, the display is likely able to eliminate the ‘screen door’ effect that’s generally associated with VR headsets. The commercial launch date of the display isn’t known yet.

Lastly, the 5.09-inch OLED panel with 3D technology is claimed to be able to render the subject and show it in a slightly different position based on user’s position. Although there could be a very niche use for this as of now, it’s been said that the panel could be used for 3D pop-up books and games.
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Samsung has been dominating the display arena with its vibrant and saturated AMOLED displays for quite some time now. The latest generation AMOLED displays are used in the company’s S8 and S+ flagship smartphones.
Last month, ETNews reported that the company has already started working on a four-sided curved display for its future handsets. Such displays are said to result in a massive 98% screen-to-body ratio. For reference, Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone has a 92% screen-to-body ratio.