Samsung Announces 'Unbreakable' OLED Smartphone Panel

Isaac Cain
July 27, 2018

The unbreakable display, certified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an official testing company for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, has gone through multiple rigorous tests before obtaining the certification. This is quite different from what is now offered, where most displays have a glass film, which is usually what cracks on impact.

UL certified that the display passed the real-time durability test based on USA military standards, surviving 26 successive drop tests at 1.2 metres and withstanding extreme temperatures.

Samsung's current smartphone OLED panels us a plastic substrate to achieve their flexibility, but this must still be covered in a curved glass layer for protection. Gorilla Glass 6 is a big improvement over its predecessor but the company's claim puts its durability at surviving 15 drops from a height of 1 meter or 3.2 feet.

Even though Corning is steadily improving Gorilla Glass and its resistance to drops and scratches, Samsung has created a flexible OLED panel that is almost unbreakable. It also withstood extreme temperature fluctuations from -32C (-25.6F) to 71C (159.8F) while continuing to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges. The new display opens a new world of possibilities and it can be used in devices other than smartphones as well including display consoles for automobiles, military devices, tablet PCs, and more.

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According to Shara Tibken, CNET's Samsung beat reporter, announcements like these from Samsung often come just prior to the use of such a technology in a new device. The display continued to work normally even after these drop tests, and it even managed to survive a 1.8m (6ft) drop test without showing any signs of damage.

General Manager of Samsung Display Company's Communication Team Hojung Kim stated that apart from being durable, the new fortified plastic window is ideal for portable electronic devices because of its hardness, lightweight, and hardness.

Some online chatter suggests we'll see this display for the first time in Samsung's coming foldable phone.

Samsung did not announce when this display will be found in its handsets but hopefully, it will be soon.

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