Samsung is showcasing its latest innovations in display technology at the SID Display Week 2023, which begins today at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. The Korean firm has brought, among other things, a rollable OLED panel that can expand more than five times its vertical length. It has also put new foldable concepts in the exhibition at the event, which runs through Thursday, May 25.
Called Rollable Flex, Samsung’s latest display product aims to solve the portability issue with large-screen devices. In its full size, the device measures 254.4 mm (or ten inches) in length. But it can be rolled into a small 49 mm (less than two inches) tall display at will. An O-shaped axis at the bottom rolls in the extra screen space like a scroll. It can be similarly unrolled to get a bigger display whenever needed.
According to Samsung, the 5x scalability offered by the Rollable Flex makes it the ideal solution for portability issues. Conventional foldable or slidable displays only offer up to three times the scalability. The Korean firm previously showcased a couple of slidable panels that extend vertically and horizontally. But none of those solutions offer as much scalability as the Rollable Flex. No wonder the company itself calls it “the most eye-catching product” at the SID Display Week 2023.
“The biggest feature is that we were able to turn a difficult-to-carry large-sized display into a portable form factor by making it rollable,” Samsung Display said in a press release ahead of the display event in California. The company didn’t reveal any plans for the commercialization of the Rollable Flex, though. With the industry’s quest for more screen space in compact form factors growing fast, these kinds of display solutions may soon arrive as real-world products.
Samsung showcased more futuristic OLED display solutions at the event
Samsung Display’s booth at the SID Display Week 2023 is full of more futuristic display solutions. These include the Flex In & Out, a new foldable phone concept that can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to fold the device both inward and outward. The company brought a prototype of this product to CES 2023 in January this year. It believes this tech will open up the possibility of lighter and thinner foldable phones in the future.
Additionally, Samsung is showcasing its Flex Hybrid and Slidable Flex Solo display products at the event. The former is a combination of foldable and slidable technologies, while the latter is a slidable tablet that expands from a 13-inch display to a 17-inch screen. The Korean firm debuted both of these panels at CES 2023 along with the Slidable Flex Duet, which slides out from both ends.