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On a special side event during the CES-2014 at the Encore Hotel, Samsung Display showcased the world first 5.68 inch high resolution AMOLED Display which is foldable. Samsung Display plans to introduce foldable displays for their next generation categories of products.
The AMOLED Display use a Plastic Substrate mad with a film-like polyimide (PI) substrate, with this material its possible to produce very very thin displays like paper. ( ensures that the screen won’t deteriorate the image quality at the point of folding )
Also for the first time Samsung Display reach also the goal to integrate a TSP Touch screen function, realized with a single layer metal mesh material,which could allow it to use pen recognition without the need of a dedicated chip, ultimately reducing production costs (along with the lack of indium, which is a rather expensive material.)
The Galaxy Round bendable AMOLED Display uses an ITO indium tin oxide film, but with ITO it is not possible to made it flexible because ITO breaks easily. The korean company need another solution an this is metal mesh material that ensures bending property.
Samsung Display plans to introduce the first foldable Display in 2015. The showcased foldable AMOLED is only a prototype, to commercialize a foldable display they need realize that the display can be folded more than 1000 of times. At the Analyst Day event Samsung Display says that we will see the first products in 2015.
The video below was part of Samsung CES 2013 concept presentation of a foldable phone /tablet combined: