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Samsung’s new display is officially ‘unbreakable.’ I can’t wait to break it.

Samsung's 'unbreakable' flexible OLED panel gets military-grade certification Samsung's OLED panel has flexed its muscles in stress tests
Kayla Schwartz | 27 July, 2018, 02:34

Samsung announced on Thursday that it has created an "unbreakable" smartphone display. The company says that it is aiming to bring it to market in smartphones, but it will also be suitable for display consoles in cars, mobile military devices, portable gaming consoles and tablets use in classrooms. The latter attach a glass-covered window to their display that can easily break on impact. Gorilla Glass 6's claim to fame is that it can survive 15 drops onto hard surfaces from 1 meter or higher without breaking.

The flexible OLED panel is constructed of an unbreakable substrate with an overlay window adhered to it, Samsung said. While companies such as Corning have come a long way in developing glass that is more durable, the fact of the matter is that at the end of the day, it is still glass and a phone falling at the wrong angle will still result in your display cracking.

That's changed with the announcement that Samsung Display has found a way to encase its display technology inside a plastic-coated frame that allows it to remain flexible while still offering a level of protection on par with glass.

UL put the panel through its paces, using tests set to standards by the US Department of Defense. The panel continued to function normally “with no damage to its front, sides or edges.”. While an unbreakable display panel sounds good, the use of a plastic window will lead to a decline in display quality. The company also didn't mention pricing or availability, but handing them over for third-party testing suggests the flex-y screens might not be too far in the future.

Death toll in devastating IS attacks in Syria climbs to 216
A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is displayed on the door of a souvenir store in the old town of Damascus on July 18. More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011.

Samsung says it expects the screen to be used in smartphones - obviously - as well as in automobiles, military devices, and even portable game consoles.

That apparently won't occur with Samsung's new screen.

Samsung Display, meanwhile, isn't just thinking about the display for smartphone purposes.

Given that the display was just certified by UL, it seems unlikely that it will appear in Samsung's soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 9 phone, which is due out in the next few months.

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