If we had a penny for every time we dropped our phone, I’m sure we’d have enough money to shell out for an Apple iPhone X. Mind you, the ‘X’ costs RO380, so you should get the extent to which we all carelessly manhandle and damage our phones.
A study conducted by Business Insider recently revealed that a staggering 45 per cent of smartphone owners will damage their phones at some point during its [the phone’s] lifetime.
But things are soon expected to make a turn for the better as electronic conglomerate, Samsung, are coming up with a foldable, and unbreakable, display device.
Recent tests also showed that the device – fitted with a flexible OLED display – was able to withstand all kinds of damage you can think of.
Flexible OLED panels have been around for many years but their implementations have been limited.
This new device from Samsung comes with a flexible plastic body that can mimic the properties of glass, all while maintaining its weight, transmissivity, and hardness.
According to Samsung, the unbreakable OLED display was able to withstand UL’s military-standard tests that involved dropping the device 26 times in a row from a height of 1.2 metres. It also survived temperatures as high as 71 degrees Celsius and as low as -32 degrees Celsius.
The panel reportedly “continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides, or edges”.
But the company cranked the tests up by a notch — possibly by taking cues from YouTubers — and dropped the device from 1.8 metres. Of course, it survived the ordeal.
Samsung intends to incorporate this technology in their smartphones, but you could also see it make its way into infotainment screens in cars, tablets and computers, gaming consoles, and other electronic gadgets.
There’s no word on the date of release of the technology, but rest assured, we’re eagerly waiting for the final product.