Saturday 24 September 2011

Samsung to launch Galaxy Skin with foldable AMOLED screen in 2012

We’ve seen dual-core processors in phones, massive screen sizes that are too big to fit in your pocket and we’ve even explored the third dimension with phones like the Optimus 3D and Evo 3D. Where do we go from here? How about flexible displays then. Samsung showed off their concept phone, called the ‘Skin’ in South Korea in June and earlier, at CES 2011. The phone uses a special flexible AMOLED screen instead of glass that uses a plastic polyimide substrate. Due to this, the display is flexible enough to bend around a cylinder measuring just an inch in diameter.

The Skin is also pretty well-equipped. The screen measures 4.0 inches with a resolution of 480x800. It’s 3G ready with full HSDPA and HSUPA bandwidth support. Powered by a 1GHz processor, the Skin uses a different variant of Android called ‘Flexy’, since the conventional OS wouldn’t really work on this type of screen layout. Other features include an 8MP camera plus a front-facing VGA camera, 720p video recording with MKV and AVI support out-of-the-box.

According to various sources, Samsung has confirmed that they will be putting this into production as the large scale manufacturing of these flexible AMOLED displays will begin in Q2 of 2012. If all goes as planned, we can expect the phone to hit the shelves by the end of 2012. The final product may not look exactly like the one in the picture, but at least it will be the next step in mobile evolution.

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