The flexible smartphone screen may be one of the longest-running teases we’ve ever had to deal with. Prototypes show up at trade shows time and time again, and though rumors occasionally touch on the possibility of real, commercial versions of such hardware finally arriving, they invariably fizzle away. Still, we continue to hold out hope. The latest news to arrive, however, suggest that we’ve still got a good bit of a wait on our hands, with Samsung hitting some new obstacles in its quest to bring this tech to market.
The issue it’s facing is with encapsulation – how the OLED display elements are protected from the elements, ensuring a long operational life. Samsung’s reportedly trying to upgrade its current encapsulation system, yet has been running into problems doing so.
While it sounds like the company is still trying to get these displays produced before the year’s out, the question of when they will make an appearance in a smartphone is still open ended. Perhaps 2014 could finally be the year we’ll see what a flexible phone can do?