The development has given rise to expectations that Samsung Electronics can now launch its foldable screen which its mobile chief had hinted was in development; there’s every probability that Samsung could launch this device during the holiday shopping season.
On Friday, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s subsidiary Samsung Display stated, its unbreakable, bendable screen has passed rigorous safety testings in the United States. The development is likely to make the product more marketable in the United States.
An Apple Inc supplier, Samsung Display stated its screen can be used in devices ranging from smartphones, laptops, tablets, consoles, gaming machines and even automobiles.
According to information provided on its website, Samsung Display’s new screen is protected by plastic rather than glass; this increases its flexibility making it practically unbreakable.
Significantly, the screen has much improved transparency which makes it akin to glass; this transparency will enable it to be installed on close-up devices such as smartphones, said an official from Samsung Display.
Its screen has been certified by U.S. testing firm Underwriters Laboratories Inc, a testing firm for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Tests involve include dropping it 26 times from a height of 1.2 meters. Following the tests, the screen continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges, said Samsung Display.
It went on to add, armed with U.S. certification it can begin its marketing campaign worldwide.
Samsung Electronics is expected to introduce a device with a foldable screen with its mobile chief saying in September that such a device was in the works and was in the process of overcoming technological hurdles before its possible release in 2018.
Such a device could largely ease concerns that the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer is running out of ideas to support sales of its premium Galaxy handsets.