Most of us skip a heartbeat when our smartphone drops! A broken screen can result in an ample financial loss. But we all have one friend with butterfingers whose device falls to the floor most often than not. Finally, we will be able to put all this behind us with the unbreakable OLED display. Samsung has announced the certification of its latest flexible OLED smartphone panels which are apparently unbreakable.
Samsung’s press release states that the unbreakable panels were certified by UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL is the same safety consulting company that officially performs safety testing for Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor.
In addition, Samsung Display also said that the newly developed display will also be available in viable markets. We would see the panel on other electronic products such as display consoles for automobiles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles and many more.
An unbreakable substrate was used to make the new panel and the traditional glass was replaced by a fortified plastic window that was adhered to it securely. To earn the certification, the panel withstood 26 drops from 1.2 meters (4 feet) with no damage. The panel was also held up to extreme temperature testing as high as 159.8°F and as low as -25.6°F.
“The fortified plastic window is especially suitable for portable electronic devices not only because of its unbreakable characteristics but also because of its lightweight, transmissivity, and hardness, which are all very similar to glass”, Hojung Kim, general manager of the Communication Team, Samsung Display Company.
Samsung hasn’t yet revealed its plans regarding the availability of these panels. It is unlikely that the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will feature the new panel. However, we might see them in the next year’s Galaxy S10.
Apple uses OLED panels sourced from Samsung for its iPhone. Considering that Apple made a $200 million dollar investment in a new Corning plant, it will be safe to assume that Apple will be using Gorilla Glass 6 on next-gen iPhones and not Samsung’s latest competing glass.
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