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Posted on: 31 Mar 2012

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) recently finished testing its new smartphone with a flexible screen, aiming to commercialise it in South Korea this year.

This innovation comes at a time when mobile carriers are diversifying their approach, particularly with social networking and messaging cutting into service revenues. A new phone model could benefit the entire sector, as a fashion item.

SMD seems to have named the new model Famoled to refer to flexible film-screened Amoled.

Amoled (or active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions.

"Oled" describes a specific type of thin-film, display technology in which organic compounds form the electroluminescent material and an active matrix includes the technology used.

Customers will be able to fold or bend the shatter-proof film screen phones according to their preferences. SMD is also reported to be launching a transparent screen series (or Tamoled) later this year.

Since last year, SMD has only displayed its flexible screens at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, leaving everyone guessing on how the technology would be integrated into the actual phones.

This year, SMD will insert the paper-thin plastic screen into its phones and PC tablets.

The birth of this technology was mainly due to the application of the light and flexible characteristics of plastic screens.

Many expect the technology will enable consumers to wear phones on their wrists, roll them into a scroll, and change them into any desirable shape.

Other electronics are also expected to benefit from this technology, to make life more interesting for consumers.

Competitors like LG and Nokia are catching the trend. At CES 2012, LG displayed its own version of the technology.

Recently LG decided to manufacture flexible phones with 730mm x 460mm-sized screens.

Nokia also displayed its flexible screen phone prototypes at CES, using gloves. Experts say there will be many more such flexible phones to come, with newer features and functions.

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Posted: 31 March 2012

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