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Samsung Shows Off “Youm” Flexible Display on Prototype Phone at CES

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With no price or release date in sight, Samsung was still willing to show off their new “Youm” flexible smartphone and tablet displays at the end of their keynote, today at CES. They were able to show the press a handful of devices, most of which were curved or bent to highlight the technology while still displaying images or video. The most interesting part, though, had to be the prototype device with slanted edges. 

The device was white and black with a display around 5-inches in size and close to a 720p resolution, but it had slanted edge where Samsung attempted to show that manufacturers can use the flexible space to highlight features. As you can see in the picture above, the flexed part of the display has S-note and Messaging icons, along with a text message or box for scrolling text, like a ticker.

You can easily see how useful this technology could be for all sorts display shapes and sizes. I think we still care that it might make displays unbreakable more than anything.

Your thoughts – cool or weird?


Via:  The Verge | CNET

  • souper

    doesnt my galaxy nexus have a curved display? …just sayin…

  • Julian Coronado

    Samsung better patent this before we start seeing iBend devices!

  • Terrance Steiner

    This the concept car of the phone world. I look at this as a technology demonstrator and not as something you will every be able to actually buy. As a technology demonstration, I have to admit that it is pretty cool.

  • Dave McGuire

    I just had a textasim

  • Andrew Herman

    Excited to see if they can use this technology to improve the durability around the current smartphone screens. Gorilla glass and other similar technologies make screen protectors virtually unnecessary….but a screen which could hold up more in the mechanical shock department (dropped phones, etc.) would be huge. Cracked screens has to be one the biggest reasons for unexpected phone replacements…

  • ddh819

    i thought that said your mom

  • overclock

    And Apple sues Samsung over something they thought about first in 3, 2, 1…

    • 9tehk1ll3r

      no sony is going to

  • Joe Fischer

    Hypothetically if Sammy teamed up with Gorilla glass, that would truly be unbreakable, no doubt. That would be an unbreakable flexible display with no bezel what so ever. I would prefer small slanted edges around the phone.

    If you really wanna get crazy, throw a second screen on the back for ultimate customization and productivity.

    Just thinking out of the box…

  • Bigwavedave25

    I like it! Weird/Cool, both are a plus in my book. 🙂

  • Skinny_Jogger

    Why in the world would I want the edges curled up like that? Totally pointless. I need to *SEE* whats on the screen. I don’t need my buttons (or video) distorted around corners.
    I don’t need to turn my phone… to see it.


    Every “curl” will be LESS usable screen space.

  • Twisted247

    Very cool and the slanted edges is a great implementation of the flexible screen other then it’s unbreakable properties.Samsung always ahead of the curve this just proves it once again.

  • tdwata

    Roll up touch screens anyone? Why yes thank you!


    I’m all for innovative technology that could lead to bigger things, but I have no desire to own a phone that flexes at all. I don’t drop my phones or sit on them or have any reason to wrap it around my wrist.

  • Brian Tempest

    ULTRA COOL! Screw unbreakable displays. Never broken a display. Anyone see the movie Red Planet? Stick-shaped computers with pull-out, roll-up touch screens! The tablet’s days are numbered!

  • Butters619

    Flexible displays……covered in shatter prone glass.

  • Mchl496

    Umm so no one can touch them… they are just pre flexed screens? Lame. This isn’t really for cell phones… this is for other things in our lives to have more cell phone like features. Soon everything could just be a screen.

  • JulianZHuang

    what are the image quality compared with standard display?

  • Warwick

    This reminds me of the one Sony had that was rolled.


  • I want to see the flexible circuit board and battery that will last me all day.. thanks.. bye

  • Keith G

    Anyone who does not say “cool” is weird.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      You’re right! Bet they’re just as weird as those people who say “cool”.

  • Bionic

    It’s cool and weird at the same time. Imagine a ESPN ticker scrolling on the bottom bezel of your phone. That’d be cool.

  • joejoe5709

    Ooooo. I hadnt thought of curved edges. VERY COOL. Throw some off-screen options/nav bars, etc over there and leave the screen open for the good stuff like video playback.

    What’s the only thing better than zero bezel? NEGATIVE BEZEL! The bezel IS a screen. Genius.

    Oh and I suppose more durable, slimmer screens are definitely a plus. 🙂

    • joejoe5709

      I’m imagining a phone that is curved on at least two or three corners with screen space overlapping the edge. Personally I would go for the top and bottom unlike this concept. Bottom has your on-“screen” Nav keys. Top has your notifications, tickers, status, etc. And perhaps with a future iteration of Android we could introduce a sideways curved edge for gaming, video, etc navigation or whatever else they can come up with. I’ve never thought of using the bezel as useful space.

      • michael arazan

        You could make a surrounding screen around the entire phone with this. The cool thing with this is you could make prescription glasses have a screen in the glasses them selves, or regular glasses that would give you a heads up display similar to Google Glass but using the entire glass.

  • Taylor

    I could only imagine this useful, if cylinder shape phone became the next prototypes. It nice to see the progression in this technology though

  • siiiiiiiiiick~! Me Wantz one

  • Raven

    Did anyone ever watch Earth Final Conflict? Their “Global” phones were great future concept phones for 1997. The main feature was the expandable screen that seemed to roll up into the phone. I think that this was a brilliant idea that these flexible displays could finally make a reality.

  • Breadboards (aka circuit boards) are not bendable, so a bendable smartphone isn’t capable yet.

    Having a display that is unbreakable would be amazing though.

    • Josh Franey

      Flex PCB, I have designed many of these, just have to careful how many components you stuff on them. And you can do a combo of rigid-flex-rigid ect, to get the bend you want.

  • DanWazz

    Very cool. To the future!

  • Jonathan Bunch

    I think it would be nice to see it on wrist bands or something of that nature.

  • nightscout13

    What about a capacitive grid? They lever give full details. Current capacitive grids are in glass overlay. Capacitive technology needs to change, to adapt to these type of screens.

    • Droidzilla

      This. Sammy’s been touting these things for years, but with no product to back it up. They’re cool and all, but until it’s in a shipping device I just don’t care anymore.

  • These will make a versatile display for all kinds of advertising. It’ll probably make it greatest impact in automotive interior design.

    • Christopher Riner

      Oh hell yeah man that’s a good idea. One more place for Samsung to make a killing.

  • spunker88

    Are these touch screens or only displays? If someone could make a touchscreen that was flexible it would be awesome. We might have to give up the scratch resistivity of glass, but having to use a screen protector all the time would be a small price to pay for a unbreakable display.

  • David Parrella

    I’m afraid the idiots that I am ashamed to call my acquaintances will use it as an excuse to fold their phone up and put it in their pocket, giving them a giant crease down the screen…

  • Tim Buchanan

    It’s definitely cool, but I’ve yet to hear anyone come up with any real-world practical uses for something like this.

    • David Parrella

      Uh how ’bout a phone with an unbreakable display?

      Did you read the article???? O.o

      • Tim Buchanan

        “…it might make displays unbreakable”

        The article shows no evidence that this is the case. As of now, it’s just a bent screen. Cool? Very! Practical? The verdict is out.

        • How about being able to bend it around your wrist and turn it Into a watch

          • Thomas

            Looks like I’ll be cancelling my Pebble Watch order 😉

          • Tim Buchanan

            Now THERE’S a good idea! I could see that being quite cool, actually.

          • teejaycard

            Glitch…..Reboot! That’s what I want ha.

          • Yes, a fashion accessory with the ability to memorize and retain a certain shapes.

        • It’s all fine and good that the display is flexible but it’s not the lcd that most people break. It’s the glass. Until that is unbreakable we will not have unbreakable displays.

          • David Parrella

            Which is why it needs to be eliminated, replaced with a more viable substance.

        • David Parrella

          True, if you stabbed it with a knife it would probably puncture, but if you dropped it in the ground there’d be no glass to shatter, the shock would simply ripple. Same thing if you just bounced it off the edge of a desk.

        • Christopher Riner

          Did you see they’re curved TVs? They are too wicked, man. How sick would it be to have a curved TV caddy cornered in your living room?

          Awesome? Yes. Practical? Maybe not seemingly so, but I guarantee it ushers in possibilities we’ve never thought of before, or been able to achieve.

      • Paul

        What makes you think this won’t be easily scratched/scuffed though? I haven’t heard any testimonies to that.

    • How about bending it around your wrist and wearing it as a watch

      • scoobieDoobie

        So the whole phone is bendable or just the screen

        • Pretty sure it’s just the screen that is bendable.

      • Paul

        Would you want to have to look all around your wrist at different angles looking for widgets though?

        • aQuickBit

          but if you wrapped it, it could know its in “watch” mode and switch to where it only displays images on the “front face” of the watch

        • Will Rehse

          all you would have to do is put a “buoyancy” to the image, the image is always at the top most point of the watch band closest to your eyes as long as your hand is below your head where it should be.

    • How about on the inside of contact lenses or eyeglasses? You know, cuz that would probably be neat for something.

      • Or, a literal “photosphere”

  • Pedro

    Is the material flexible or just capable of being applied to a curved surface?

  • arthur2142

    Love it!

  • Very cool!

    • UT_Tech_Solutions


      oh and GO Utes!

      • Kurtis Tamez

        What’s a Yout? 😉

        • joejoe5709

          Yoooouuuutttthhhhss. Got it? 😉

          • ostensibly

            Dese two youts.

          • Steve Schneider

            Are we to believe that boiling water soaks into a grit faster in your kitchen than on any place on the face of the earth? Well, perhaps the laws of physics cease to exist on your stove. Were these magic grits? I mean, did you buy them from the same guy who sold Jack his beanstalk beans?

    • Blake Curtis

      I LIve in utah too that be my school lol:)

      • feztheforeigner

        Hey it’s my school man!

        University of Texas :p

    • CRAP! I just tore my display in excitiment!

      • Bridgitte

        Its thin plastic not paper.

  • SexciiP

    I think it’s kind of weird. I don’t see why one would even need a flexible screen anyway. I can’t wait to see them in action though.

    • PSU_DI

      You drop your phone the screen flexes and your display lives on. You sit on your phone and it bends. It’ll make it more comfortable to hold in your hands as more phones go past 5″ displays. The could also embed these types of displays into magazines or books. There are main possibilities here but this is a big step forward for display tech.

      • SexciiP

        Well that’s pretty awesome!