Samsung expected to reveal first stretch display

Samsung expected to reveal first stretch display [Image: Geber86 via iStock]

Samsung is set to reveal the first flexible stretch display on a smartphone, according to reports.

Expected to be unveiled at the Society for Information Display (SID) show in Los Angeles lasting the whole of this week, the display can be stretched, rolled, dented and bent, according to the Korea Herald.

It is likely to be proof of concept for use in devices such as wearables and car dashboard displays.

The screen is expected to be a 9.1 inch OLED display, which will roll back to its original shape when stretched or dented.

Quoted by the Korea Herald, a Samsung Display spokesperson said: “While current flexible OLED is able to be transformed on only one side, this stretchable OLED can be transformed – whether curved, bent or rolled – on both sides, above and below.”

The newspaper added that Samsung is not sure how long it will take for the new technology to become commercially available, as it is in the early stages of research and development.

As well as the new stretch display, the company is expected to unveil a glasses-free 3D OLED display. It is predicted to measure five inches and experts are expecting it to provide a marked improvement in 3D quality over previous LCD panels due to its higher contrast and the refresh rate of the panel.

It is also expected that Samsung will reveal an LCD display that contains a huge 2250 pixels per inch (PPI). To put that into perspective, Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, has a PPI of roughly 570.

This display is currently thought to measure just 1.96 inches, with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It has been reported that this was designed to accommodate virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms.