When it comes to next-generation phone tech (or maybe even the generation after that), one that keeps popping-up is the flexible display. Companies have demoed the basic screen component at expos in the past, and we’ve seen some very cool-looking artistic renders of what a whole phone built around such a screen might look like, but we can’t recall anyone actually putting together something approaching what we’d see in a commercial product before. Nokia has just such a device for Nokia World, giving us a chance to see how we might interact with a flexible smartphone.
By packaging the sort of flexible display we’ve seen before into a phone body that’s just as bendy, a whole new way to interact with the handset is opened-up. Besides just a simple straight-down-the-middle fold, we can see in the video below how “twist” style bends might be used to navigate through content.
The prototype was shown off under Nokia’s Kinetic name, same as we saw used for the unusual standing-up prototype Nokia posted about earlier this year. The company noted that the design of this prototype could allow for a sealed phone you could go so far as to rinse under running water, but we don’t see what about that would be dependent on having a flexible screen. Nokia was coy about anything like an estimate of when a bending phone might become a commercial product, but it really seems this tech has come a long way, fast.