This lengthy screen is intended for smartphone use, company representatives told CNET. It also boasts a 1,280 x 720 pixel HD resolution with a 267-pixel density. The company reportedly said that a flexible display would allow for more freedom in terms of design. While the panel will be able to bend and curve without breaking, these demo units will not be able to roll up completely, Samsung representatives said.
During last January’s Las Vegas tech event, the Korea-based manufacturer unveiled its 4.3-inch bendable displays. Samsung has made no mention of when we will see this technology in future devices, but speculation has indicated that the Galaxy S4 could incorporate this feature.
“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays,” Mark Newman, an analyst at Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong previously told Reuters. “Either the Galaxy S IV or the Galaxy SV will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”
Although some analysts may be insinuating that the next Galaxy smartphone will be flexible, there’s no way to know for sure until Samsung makes an announcement. To produce these types of screens, the display company’s labs must also develop the touch panel cover and lens in addition to creating the material that becomes the main substance of the screen.
Samsung has been showing off this bendable functionality for quite some time, but has held off on incorporating it into any products. However, as the company continues to pursue bigger bendable displays to keep up with its line of large-screened smartphones, it becomes clear that this technology will soon become a reality.
In addition to this 5.5-inch flexible panel, the company will also be showcasing a television-sized 55-inch bendable display at CES 2013. To get a glimpse at what a future with flexible, transparent technology would be like, check out the recently released Samsung video below.