Smartphones nowadays have thousands of features that everyone takes for granted like retina displays, laser keyboards, hand gestures and inbuilt projectors, But now there is a new feature, a Flexible Smartphone – that you can’t ignore…
Companies have been promising us a futuristic flexible smartphone but are yet to show off their full potential. Although, a prototype has been developed at Queens University and is very close to this new feature that people have been looking for. Not only is this practical for storage uses as you can just bend it around your wrist but it can also be integrated in to apps, for example when reading a book just by simply bending the screen you can flip the page.
How Good would a Flexible Smartphone be?
The technology used in flexible smartphones is known as OLED or Organic Light-Emitting Diode, This can be seen in curved TV’s. OLED offers a lot better picture quality than LED or LCD devices but also offers reduced power consumption and faster response times.
Huge Companies such as Lenovo and Samsung have been working with this new technology to try to develop new flexible smart phones and tablets. Lenovo has already made a flexible smart phone that comes in two different sizes although these are still in the development stage. On the other hand Samsung are considering releasing two flexible smartphones that could come to us by the end of this year.
This would give Samsung a huge head start on Apple using OLED screens that are predicted to be released by late 2017.
Unfortunately there are always drawbacks as this tech isn’t perfect yet. No touch layer has been implemented in to these smartphones which, when added, would increase the thickness of the device, this could affect the flexibility as it would be more difficult to bend and would not bend as much. They are also yet to figure out where to put the battery for the display in order to make it a commercially viable device. Another huge problem is that they haven’t told us how many times it would take for you to bend it before the phone might crack or break, Because the last thing you want to do is unroll your phone and see a crack on your screen.
You might be asking yourself ‘Why do we need flexible smartphones?’ Well, here are three simple but vital reasons.
- They are very lightweight – Because OLED is made using plastic this reduces the weight of the smart phone massively as plastic is lighter than glass.
- The dimensions are much thinner – This will allow smart phone developers to produce smart phones with thinner dimensions but also potentially in different shapes?
- A far Stronger Durability – Due to the fact that OLED is made out of plastic as opposed to the traditional glass display this means that when you drop your phone on the ground it has a much lower chance of smashing and inevitably ruining your day.
When will a Flexible Smartphone be mainstream?
We are very excited for this new innovative creation and cannot wait to see it on the shelves. Could you see yourself with a flexible smartphone in the future? Which smartphone manufacturer will be the first one to release one of these fantastic devices? Please leave your comments below as we would love to see what you think!