Claimed to make way for its first foldable phone, Samsung has announced its developed a military-grade flexible phone screen – alleviating a major repair cost for flagship handsets.
In a published release, the Korean giant asserts the unbreakable screen has been certified by the US’ Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Samsung Display reveals the component will be used in future smartphones, and is expected to enter other “viable markets” – e.g. car display consoles, tablets and portable gaming devices.
Underwriters Laboratories claims the unbreakable screen passed a “rigorous real-time durability test” based on US military standards.
“After a drop test administered at 1.2 meters (nearly 4 feet) above the ground 26 times in succession, and accompanying high (71 degrees) and low (-32 degrees) temperature tests, the Samsung unbreakable panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges,” asserts Samsung.
The Korean giant claims the screen passed drop tests even “significantly higher” than US military standards, with the unbreakable panel showing no sign of damage.
The flexible OLED screen claims to feature an “unbreakable substrate” with a secure overlay window.
By matter of comparison, Samsung asserts current flexible display products feature a glass-covered display window which break when impacted.
Samsung Display GM Communications Team, Hojung Kim, affirms despite the component being unbreakable, it’s still lightweight:
“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”.