Samsung wants to stay ahead of the competition in the range of displays. While the company’s business is focusing on foldable tech, it seems to be ready for a future with Rollable displays. The first mobile device with that kind of display is yet to make its debut. Oppo has the tech but is far from launching one. LG almost unveiled a rollable smartphone, but the idea went down the hill alongside the company’s mobile division. Hence, we have strong reasons to believe that Samsung could be the first to adopt this kind of display in the mobile industry. During the annual Display Week Trade Show in Los Angeles, Samsung unveiled an impressive 12.4-inch rollable OLED display.
Samsung Rollable Display – The Rollable Flex
It is worth noting that this is not the first time we see a display of this kind, but Samsung’s solution seems to be ahead of the competition. Also, this is the largest display and rolls in a tiny scroll. The panel can go from 49mm to 254.4 mm. This translates into a 5x scalability, which is more impressive than the sliding screens that can only go up to 3x their original size. The company’s solution uses an O-shaped axis that mimics a scroll. The firm calls it Rollable Flex as it can be completely rolled.
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Besides the Rollable Flex, the firm is also introducing the Flex In & Out OLED panel. It can bend in both directions and it’s a major development over the current flexible OLEDs that fold in just one direction. This technology could be a game changer for the future Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Flip handsets. Right now, they can only fold in one direction, but we expect the lineup to become more versatile in the future. For obvious reasons, we don’t think this tech is ready for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5.
The company also took the opportunity to unveil its new OLED panel with an integrated fingerprint reader and heart sensor.
We don’t know exactly what plans Samsung has for the new displays, but it’s interesting to see such advancements. As for the Rollable Flex, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Rollable smartphone/tablet in the future. Samsung can produce a device with a rollable display that can be used in both smartphone and tablet modes. We saw many concepts, but we are yet to see a device of this kind breaking the barriers of concept to become something commercially available.