Samsung’s latest flexible OLED tech has passed all the drop tests

There are few people who will definitely take Samsung’s declaration of an “unbreakable” display as a challenge. That is just human nature. For others, there is something doubtless appealing in the matter of a phone that can be dropped from up to six feet, without any indication of damage.

As far as when (or, rather, if) Samsung’s latest flexible OLED tech will actually arrive in devices, that stays to be observed. Before you get your hopes up too much, Samsung and LG are in the habit of displaying these sort of technology previews all the time, regardless of economic feasibility. That is just one of the several cruel jokes that comes with paying attention to this sort of stuff.

That stated, a new round of rumors point to a “foldable” display device coming at some point upcoming year, so not sure, maybe all of our wildest dreams are about to come true then. In the meanwhile, the tests surely point to an stunning component.

UL’s drop testing (no doubt the funnest part of that person’s day) involved letting the display go from around four feet up, 26 times in a row. The phone was also exposed to high temperatures and — as mentioned above — dropped from around six feet, just for kicks. None of which appeared to destroy the screen.

Here is Samsung GM Hojung Kim on the tech. He said, “The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices not only because of its unbreakable characteristics, but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity and hardness, which are all very similar to glass.”

In addition to phones, the tech may also be used in gaming consoles, cars and tablets.

 

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