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Samsung’s flexible displays delayed

According to reports from a Korean newspaper, Samsung's flexible display technology will be delayed due to problems with its encapsulation technology.
April 17, 2013

If you were looking forward playing around with the cool futuristic bendy displays that Samsung are developing then I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait a little longer, as the company has hit a technical problem with the product.

According to a report in the Korean newspaper ETNews, Samsung is having issues with the quality of its flexible displays. The problem appears to be caused by the encapsulation process which protects the sensitive OLEDs used in the display from exposure to moisture and oxygen. As a result, Samsung Display is reportedly reviewing various encapsulation technologies that can replace the one developed by Vitex System which it is currently using.

This is particularly bad news for Samsung considering that we recently heard that LG has accelerated its production roadmap, moving ever closer to the manufacturing phase for its own flexible displays. Not to mention LG is also receiving substantial financial backing from the Korean government for this technology as well.

Samsung was expected to be the first to bring flexible display smartphones to the market, possibly sometime around the end of the year, but this now looks to be in serious doubt. Sadly this will all have to be put on hold until issues with the encapsulation technology can be sorted out.