Tech & Science Folding glass: the future of flexible smartphone displays

17:50  12 february  2020
17:50  12 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February

  Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February Samsung's clamshell Galaxy Fold could be released in February image 1 Samsung's clamshell folding smartphone - its second in the Galaxy Fold range - is rumoured to be getting a release date before the Galaxy S11. The latest report claims that the second Fold will share an unveiling with the Galaxy S11 series, but will be made immediately available after announcement in Korea. We're hesitant to call this phone the Galaxy Fold 2, primarily because its form factor is so different to the first Galaxy Fold.

A flexible display is an electronic visual display which is flexible in nature; as opposed to the more prevalent traditional flat screen displays used in most electronics devices. In recent years there has been a growing interest from numerous consumer electronics manufacturers to apply this display

Read more: Foldable phones with flexible displays – Here are the ones we know about so far. This type of design would let you quickly increase the size of the device when watching videos and make I see a future where smartphones in their current form get replaced by what look like regular glasses .

a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the first device on the market with a folding display made of glass. © Courtesy of Samsung Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is the first device on the market with a folding display made of glass.

Since 2019, Samsung been on a mission to become the market leader in the folding phone industry by launching the Galaxy Fold and now the Z Flip. Though the company isn't the first to release a device with a flexible display, they are the first to introduce one made of glass.

Though Samsung announced a series of new smartphones and technologies yesterday at their annual Unpacked event, the star of the show was without a doubt the new Galaxy Z Flip. The device has garnered a lot of attention because of its new form factor. What's more, the world wants to see how it compares with the infamous Galaxy Fold, the company's first flexible device which faced a myriad of criticisms due to its delicate and frail design.

This might be the most exciting new smartphone design of 2020

  This might be the most exciting new smartphone design of 2020 The display is the most important component of the smartphone, and smartphone display design has reached a peak in recent years. The major players in the industry have all compromised on display designs, as all of them are waiting for a key piece of technology to mature. All those compromises concern the selfie camera, which can’t just disappear from the front side of the phone. Some went for notches of different sizes, others for sliding cameras, secondary rear-facing displays, or hole-punch selfie cams. The ideal solution is placing the front camera under the screen without losing picture quality.

Flexible displays are yet to fully realise their potential in our mobile devices, but one We've already seen flexible displays in a handful of products, with the likes of the LG G Flex and Samsung Gear Fit dabbling with the bendable form factor, but you can't fold them in half or wrap them round your arm.

Making a phone as thick as a trucker’s wallet ( folded , the phone will have to be at least twice as thick as a standard smartphone today) and as heavy as a can of Monster Java (twice the materials + the extra battery volume The folding phone isn’t where the future of folding and flexible screen lives.

Likely in response to these criticisms, notably regarding the fragility of the Fold's laminate display, Samsung swapped the material used to create the Z Flip's screen with glass, a first for the industry.

According to the company, the folding display is made from "Samsung Ultra Thin Glass" that "sets you up for an epic view with a smooth, flat screen." Unlike that of the Fold, users won't be able to accidently peel off parts of the screen as easily.

Not only should this bending glass make the device sturdier, it should make it feel sturdier, too. Glass is less likely to crease and be scratched by materials as basic as a fingernail. Allegedly, this glass will survive for 200,000 folds, but the accuracy of that statement will be determined once customers start putting the device to use.

The Galaxy Z Flip is set to go on sale this Friday, February 14, for $1,380.


Here’s why foldable phone displays can be scratched so easily .
As exciting as foldable devices might be, the hard truth right now is that smartphone makers are in no position to manufacture glass that can bend over and over without breaking. The Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, Motorola Razr, and Galaxy Z Flip feature fragile screens that break easier than traditional smartphone displays. The Z Flip is causing a stir, as it happens to be the world’s only foldable phone to feature a foldable screen made of glass rather than a transparent polymer. Yet, durability tests suggest that Samsung may have been generous with its Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) claims.

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