CES: Samsung's bendable cell phone screen

Transparency and flexibility are qualities you look for in a person, but how about a screen? Samsung showed off two prototypes at CES that we'll soon see in cell phones, computers, and TV.

Samsung's bendable AMOLED display
Now that's what we call flexible. Josh Miller/CNET

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LAS VEGAS--"Flexible" isn't something you'd think you needed in a cell phone screen, but CES is all about concepts and future applications in addition to big-name product releases.

That's why we were excited to see prototypes of two Samsung displays. One is a malleable screen you can actually bend in a wave or arc. The 4.5-inch screen has an impressive WVGA (800x480 pixel) resolution that you can curve. It's also paper-thin, less than 0.3mm thick.

We may have been a bit drastic with our photo shoot (see image above,) but there is a case for curved screens on devices. Samsung is claiming that this iteration of the flexible AMOLED screen has a resolution four times clearer than its previous bendable model. It can withstand up to 400-450 degrees during manufacturing, 50-100 degrees past previous screens' typical melting point.

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We also checked out a transparent qFHD (quad full high definition) AMOLED display that Samsung is working on for TVs and monitors. According to Samsung, this 19-incher boasts up to 30 percent transparency even when switched off, compared with 10 percent in most models.

During its demo, Samsung set up its display like a diorama, projecting the moving image onto the box's transparent face while leaving a static background. Check it out in our from-the-floor video above.

 

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