Samsung, the pioneer of mobile OLED displays, has unveiled its latest creation: Flex Hybrid OLED. It is an OLED panel designed for futuristic devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops that can fold and slide. This panel can be folded from one side and expanded (by sliding) from the other, converting a compact device into a larger one.
The 10.5-inch Flex Hybrid OLED screen from Samsung Display has a 4:3 aspect ratio, and it can be slid open from one side to turn it into a 12.4-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. When it is completely open, it can be a great display to watch videos with inky blacks, almost perfect viewing angles, and high brightness. Samsung will showcase this OLED panel at CES 2023 in Las Vegas, USA.
Samsung Display will also showcase two more OLED panels that can be slid open. The Flex Slidable Solo is a 14-inch OLED panel that can turn into a 17.3-inch screen when it is slid open from one side. The Flex Slidable Duet is an OLED panel that extends from two sides to convert a 14-inch screen into a 17.3-inch one. These panels were teased in September 2022 at Intel Innovation 2022. Now, they are making their first public appearance at CES 2023.
These new OLED panels will make it possible to create advanced compact devices that can still pack large displays, turning mobile devices into proper professional ones when needed. We don’t expect devices using these displays to launch anytime soon. Samsung MX (Samsung’s mobile phone arm) is rumored to be developing a tablet that can fold twice.