A Samsung executive unveiled that its company is
receiving orders from electronics makers for it new
lineup of flexible organic light emitting diode (OLED)
displays, fueling rumors for future Apple mobile devices
with screens that might bend and twist.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun revealed
that the company is getting "huge" orders from
electronics makers for it flexible organic light
emitting diode (OLED) displays, the Korean Times
reported from South Korea.
Despite their ongoing patent disputes, Apple remains
Samsung's biggest customer for screens and memory chips.
Apple has been setting the trends for quite some time
now with the release of innovative products, so using
flexibles in future devices that could make sense.
Of course, we could not expect Apple to comment on such
Samsung already uses OLED screens for its Galaxy lineup
of smartphones and touch-screen tablets. Nokia and LG
Electronics are also in the midst of an OLED transition
for their mobile devices.
Samsung recently dedicated a number of lines at its
factory in Tangjeong, South Chungcheong Province, for
the production of flexible OLED displays. The line will
pump out 960,000 OLED sheets by the end of the year.
"We will be mass producing flexible OLED displays from
the latter half of this year as the demand from our
clients is significant," said Kwon. "OLEDs will replace
LCDs as the main mobile displays from around 2015 as the
screens are thinner and brighter. Samsung has massively
invested in OLED-related technologies and will continue
to do so, " he added.
LG Display is also planning to manufacture flexible
mobile displays for its smartphones.