Samsung has introduced a new unbreakable, flexible smartphone screen.
The OLED has been verified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – an official testing company for OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor).
In addition to being used on smartphones, the newly developed display is expected to find viable markets with other electronic products such as display consoles for automobiles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles, and tablet PCs.
The flexible OLED panel was developed with an unbreakable substrate and an overlay window securely adhered to it. Current-generation flexible display products attach a glass-covered window to their display that often breaks when severely impacted, says Samsung.
“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,” said Hojung Kim, general manager of the Communication Team, Samsung Display Company.
The LU reported that the display passed the rigorous real-time durability test that is based on military standards set by the US Department of Defense.
After a drop test administered at 1.2 meters above the ground 26 times in succession, and accompanying high (71 degrees) and low (-32 degrees) temperature tests, the LU said the panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges.