Samsung Display has taken a step forward earlier this week announced a new “unbreakable” OLED panel design to more flexible phone form factors.
The Korean company proudly claimed that the new video Samsung Display shared on YouTube demonstrates the durability of the display and was UL-Certified, too. And also managed to withstand multiple drops from heights of as much as 1.8m without showing any signs of damage.
In the video preview, the unbreakable OLED panel specially designed for smartphones is very much subjected to a beating with what appears to be a plastic or rubber mallet. Flexible OLED displays have been around for a few years now, however, their implementation in consumer devices have so far been limited to putting the flexible panel behind a rigid piece of protective glass.
Samsung display unit has unveiled a flexible OLED panel that has a transparent plastic substance already attached, emulating the properties of glass but retaining the screen’s innate flexibility. In the video, there are English subtitles, you only need to ignore the funny and cringe-worthy background music to see just how unbreakable OLED panel survive the hammer test.
Going into detailing, Samsung’s flexible all-plastic OLED panel is made from what it says is an unbreakable substrate adhered to an overlay window, a deviation from other, more breakable flexible OLED panels that use a glass-covered window.
The new OLED panel has been described as unbreakable, reports that it has withstood tests of 26 successive drops from a limited height as well as extreme temperatures as high as 71 degrees Celsius (159.8°F) and as low as -32 degrees Celsius (-25.6°F). After the tests, the OLED display continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides, or edges.
The OLED panel by Samsung has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories, an official testing source for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
To earn the certification, Samsung says the display was also subjected to drops from six feet with no signs of damage. According to Samsung, its unbreakable panels are being developed for use in smartphones, which can also be used in other products such as display consoles for automobiles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles, and tablet PCs.
“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.
If that’s the case study, Samsung’s first product to use the new unbreakable panel could be its upcoming Galaxy Note 9, which is set to unveil on August 9.
It is impressive to see the video that shows how much more durable OLED panels with a plastic window are. Down the line is the OLED panels with a plastic window will become commonplace in smartphones and shattered screens will be a thing of the past.
Watch Samsung’s ‘Unbreakable’ OLED Panel Receive a Hammering
Apple also uses OLED displays sourced from Samsung in its iPhone lineup, it is not clear if the Cupertino-based company plans to adopt this technology in the future. While Samsung may use this plastic OLED panel in its foldable smartphone range which is planned for next year unveiling.
For now, this is it and we should see how Samsung manages to ensure that the new OLED panel display quality is and performance are not affected by it.