Smartphones, Televisions and Tablets – the most popular consumer electronic items are all about captivating displays. The types of display choices available in the market run the gamut. From low-res, to WVGA, to full HD and IPS, users are practically spoilt for choices. During the last few quarters, one of the most awaited technologies has been flexible displays. These are almost at the verge of becoming available for commercial manufacture in the form of OLED displays. OLED displays are very thin, and in fact can be put on flexible materials (plastic or metal foil). So these make it possible to make bendable, flexible displays. Since these displays will not be covered with glass, they’ll also be more durable – virtually shatter-proof. Ever since OLEDs were introduced, the race has been towards creating smart phones with bendable displays, but then, with the advent of the flexible battery, the race has picked up momentum towards making bendable smartphones.
OLED displays have large fields of view of about 170 degrees. Because LCDs work by blocking light, they have an inherent viewing obstacle from certain angles. OLEDs produce their own light giving viewers a much wider viewing range. They have such a superior display that it’s pure delight to look at them.
In January 2013, Samsung officially launched their flexible and unbreakable OLED displays, calling them YOUM displays. It is now officially the name of Samsung’s plastic-based flexible OLED panel products.The company didn’t reveal any technical details nor did they say when they’ll start shipping products based on those panels.But they are getting closer and closer to mass production.
LG Display has had a pretty good record at rolling out fantastic looking displays in the past, and at SID (Society for Information Display) Display Week 2013, you can more or less say that LG Display has put up quite a show, where they used the opportunity to introduce a curved 55” OLED TV and a 5” plastic OLED panel for smartphones among other awe-inspiring exhibits.
Sony developed OLED displays almost 7 years ago but they’re not part of the race anymore. Even if either of these manufacturers come up with a product by the third quarter of 2013, don’t expect a flagship phone but a limited edition premium one owing to the highly expensive methods employed in the manufacture of these displays and if analysts are to be believed, mass production may not be possible till 2015. Lets hope this is one of those things they’re wrong about!