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News and information about bendable devices

Galaxy S6 Edge vs iPhone 6 bendable breaking point

April 8, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

The newest Samsung device, Galaxy S6 has been tested for its bendable breaking point like the Apple product, iPhone 6 Plus. The result? Both devices have a problem after a high pressure and this is normal if we think that both devices are not described by the producer as bendable devices.
iPhone 6 Plus is a 5.5 inch smartphone with Full HD display, the first Apple Full HD display. Apple display is protected by an Ion-strengthened glass which makes it more resistant of scratches than older iPhone version. Under the hood, we find a better processor, the Apple A8 chip, dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone and a PowerVR GX 6450 graphic card. As we used, Apple device does not have a memory slot card and is available in three storage version: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 128 GB. The RAM memory is just 1 GB.

iPhone 6 Plus

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Galaxy S6 is a 5.1 inches device and is using a Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The Korean device is using the own processor, Exynos 7420, a quad-core A53 chip and a quad-core A 57 version. The video card is a Mali-T760MP8 chip which offer a high-quality video play. Like the Apple device, this time, Samsung give it up the memory card and offer three variants of internal storage memory: 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. All of these are powered by 3 GB of RAM.

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Pressure test
The pressure test has been made by an American insurance company for the best devices of the 2015 beginning, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6 and HTC M9. We are talking today about two first devices.
iPhone 6 Plus has been tested from 1 pound to 179 pounds to reach the breaking point. The bending point has been discovered at 110 pond when the device bent, ant applying pressure to 179 pounds has been discovered the breaking point(complete damage).
Galaxy S6 has been tested from 1 pound to 149 pounds. The bending point has been set at 110 pounds like the Apple device, but the breaking point(complete damage) is lower than the iPhone 6 Plus, at 149 pounds.

If we take a look at the bending point, both devices seem to be at the same line. If we talk about the breaking point, Apple device could be better than the Samsung device, having a better pressure resistance.
As I said, no device has been called by the producer to be flexible or bendable. This is a normal thing to happen when the pressure is high on the device. The First time, the case is bending including the device display and after the pressure grows up, both, display and case are breaking making the devices unusable.
If we take is serious the rumors, the future devices will use flexible displays and flexible cases which can make those devices more resistant and more bendable and even rollable. Samsung has already had the display technology and more than sure is developing the “flexible body” for their first real flexible device.

Funny Apple concept with flexible display

March 25, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

Once with Samsung and LG flexible displays appear on the market, in concepts and prototypes, a new concept rises on the web. Apple iPhone bendable device seems to be rendered in a strange form which imitate one Samsung concept from the past. The iPhone concept that I will show you is composed of three parts. The first part is the motherboard, which contain the CPU, RAM and sensors. The second part is divided into two parts which compose the flexible display. iPhone concept flexible display could be bent at the middle of the entire display and transformed into a piece similar to a wallet.
What is a flexible display and in which stadium is the actual technology?
A flexible display is that kind of display which allow the user to bend it and roll it without damaging any inside component of the display. Until now, Samsung and LG show us some prototypes of the future displays. Samsung shows us the Samsung Youm a flexible display with these properties and LG showed the LG Chem.
LG Chem has an increased bending radios to 30 mm a huge angle of bending that eliminates the risk of the display shattering when high force is applied. For this technology, LG relinquishes the conventional glass display and adopt a new technology of plastic display. Advantages of the new plastic based OLED panel are that are more efficiency, more brightness, and low power consumption. LG plastic OLED is 60lm/W efficiency, CRI over 85, has a 3000K color temperature and 75lm brightness.
LG also announced the mass production of this panel for July 2015.
Samsung Youm is also a flexible display showed up in January 2013. Samsung flexible display prototype is able also to be curved and bent without damaging the initial form and components of the display. Youm has been also used in an early form of the first Samsung device released in October 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Round.
Galaxy Round has a curved display 5.7 inches Full HD and a 400 mm curvature radius. A Youm panel is produced with encapsulation technology.

Apple flexible display concept
About the Apple flexible display, we know that they already have a patent for this type of display and will use the first time a flexible display to replace the physical buttons on sides with virtual buttons. Virtual buttons with the main display will form the entire display of the device.
But, with this new concept, Apple must develop a good method to flex the two equal part of the display without any damages of the display function.

LG develop transparent screen while Samsung develops flexible screens

March 24, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

The two biggest Korean smartphone producers, Samsung, and LG are developing different technologies at the moment. While LG has a better flexible device than Samsung, LG G-Flex and G-Flex 2, the attention seems to be directed to transparent screens. Transparent screen is not a new technology and it has been showed many times in prototypes and other concepts. At the moment, LG and Samsung hold 50% of the display market.
LG flexible display seems to be more developed, and G-Flex 2 has acquired more public than Samsung Galaxy Round. With all of this, Samsung continues the development of flexible display and according to a Korean report, Samsung will release next year the first foldable smartphone. Today, Samsung show us just two steps from the number of four big steps for a complete foldable device. If we take a look at the Galaxy Round we could identify the first two steps, curved display and bent the display. Next two hardest steps are foldable and rollable.

Those last two steps are the hardest part of the future Samsung device and the most interesting part. Galaxy Round use ITO(iridium tin oxide) which offers a fixed degree of bent while a foldable display is like a piece of paper, that’s meant that you could roll and roll and after that the entire display to function like in the beginning without malfunctions.

LG release its first transparent display in 2014 using OLED technology. The most interesting thing about this 18-inch display is that is rollable. That means LG has the ability to minimize the display and transform it into a smartphone display. LG Transparent and rollable display have an HD resolution 1200 x 810 and almost one million mega-pixels. This kind of display can be rolled to a radius of 3 cm without ulterior malfunctions.
The most expected device at the moment is the rollable smartphone and seems that LG has the display technology while Samsung press release announces a bendable device next year.

Philips Fluid phone concept could become reality

March 19, 2015 by Laur | 0 comments

Philips Fluid concept has been created by a Brazilian designer and is designed to be wear like other smaller devices from the Android Wear class. The name of Fluid comes from the design particularities to be bent and worn as a bracelet. To be worn as a bracelet, Philips Fluid phone has a flexible display and also, a flexible battery made by many smaller batteries assembled together to form a complete powerful battery. Philips Fluid offer a higher mobility than other smartphone being able to be worn on your hand. The most enthusiasts come from the sports area. They can wear the device bended on the hand and forget the “big pocket” problem.

Philips Fluid phone concept
Technology used for the display is a flexible OLED display. Inside the device must be used small and flexible components to permit the bracelet to be bend safely without damaging the electrical inside components. The OLED technology is evolved in the present and the probability of a bracelet-phone is imminent. Looking in the past, flexible display technology has been quickly developed and has been shown on the market in different devices like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, LG G-Flex, some curved smartwatches and more.
As we see the technology development, the Philips Fluid phone could become reality is a short period. Imagine that you are running with your 5 inches device in your pocket. Your pocket will jump up and down at every step and more than that could jump out of your pocket. With a device like Philips Fluid just forget this problem and take your device in your hand as a bracelet.