Samsung Display has put its new, allegedly unbreakable smartphone screen through its paces and the results are available.
Samsung's flexible OLED panel, reinforced by a plastic window, is indeed the Kimmy Schmidt of smartphone displays. It has been certified unbreakable by UL – Underwriters Laboratories, an official US workplace safety testing agency – after passing a series of "rigorous" tests. The latter were based on military standards set by the US Department of Defense and included drops of nearly 4 feet, 26 times in a row, and underwent high and low temperature tests.
All this resulted in According to Samsung, no change in the normal functioning and no damage to the front, sides or edges of the display. Even after a nearly 6-foot drop test that goes beyond the military standard, Samsung says the panel shows no sign of damage.
Samsung Display says it has developed the flexible OLED panel "with an unbreakable substrate and a tight-fitting overlay window," which differs from current generation flexible display products. The latter attach a glass-covered window to their display, which can easily break on impact.
"The fixed plastic window is particularly suitable for portable electronic devices, not only because of its unbreakable properties, but also because of its light weight, its permeability and hardness, all very similar to glass," said Hojung Kim, general manager of the company Communication Teams for Samsung Display Company.
Some online chatters suggest we see this display for the first time in Samsung's foldable phone. Of course, this is not the first time that plastic is being used in a smartphone, and it's also important to be aware of the downsides. One can refer to something like the "Shattershield" screen of Motorola, which was very sensitive to scratching.
Samsung Display not only thinks about the display for smartphone purposes. The company said it also expected it to be "used with other electronic products such as display consoles for cars, mobile military devices, portable game consoles and tablet PCs for e-learning". Unbreakable cars, anyone?
The fact that too many of us are so accident-prone when it comes to our expensive smartphones. And not only Samsung wants to make its mobile products more durable. For example, we talked about how Gorilla Glass 6 – the new recipe from Corning – breaks down a bit, as the focus on smart phone displays used to be scratch-resistant.
Now display manufacturers are focusing on plates that can seriously take blows, resist a drop and not break. In a release earlier this month, Corning said Gorilla Glass 6 is currently being evaluated and is expected to hit the market over the next few months.
All this means – stick to the current fragile smartphone in your pocket for just a few months.