Perspective: Folding displays have not yet become popular. Display manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are working on several future device concepts and seem to believe that folding and unfolding displays will feature prominently in a number of other applications.

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Foldable devices are now in a strange place. Some people are drawn to them as a novelty after Samsung and a few other manufacturers, mostly from China, managed to sell them. millions of them already. The rest of the market has yet to embrace the new paradigm, while Apple likely won’t have foldable iPhones or MacBooks until 2025.

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That won’t stop display makers like Samsung and LG from exploring more foldable and “sliding” concepts, from devices that can be folded twice to rollable displays that let you set your desired width based on the content you’re consuming.

Some of these concepts were showcased at Display Week 2022 in San Jose, California.

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Samsung even branded some of them like Flex G, Flex S and Flexion and bending, and each of them is formed in a certain way. In addition, there are Flex Slide and Flex Roll, which are screens that slide off one or both sides to make larger screens more pocket-friendly.

Samsung says a 12.4-inch retractable display will be available later this year. The Korean tech giant believes that foldable screens will also find their place in the gaming and automotive world, which is why it is also working on a “Gaming Foldable OLED” that will allow users to attach controllers to the sides of the display, as well as a “Digital Cockpit”. for cars.

LG takes a different approach to the sliding concept – the device can be made higher to accommodate more vertical content. The company also showed off a 17-inch foldable OLED screen that will debut in Asus Zenbook laptop in the coming months, as well as a screen for curved monitors that allows you to adjust the curvature.

In the meantime, both companies are hard at work trying to solve some of the glaring problems with foldable displays, such as wrinkling, brightness degradation, and even the use of new materials to make them. feel like glass to the touch. In terms of durability, LG’s foldable panels now meet Samsung’s claimed endurance by about 200,000 times before they show a noticeable defect.