Samsung joins race to develop first rollable TVs and tablets

Samsung rollable display at display week 2016 trade show

Samsung showcased its latest advancements in rollable display technology at this week’s Display Week 2016 in San Francisco, organised by the Society for Information Display (SID). The technology could potentially lead the way to owning rollable TV and tablet devices in the future.

Rollable displays are nothing new for the market, with prototypes in development since 2013, yet they appear to be gaining considerable traction LG first unveiled its first 18-in roll-up OLED displays in 2014. Back then LG’s In-Byung Kang, senior vice president and head of the R&D Center at LG Display, forecast that “by 2017 we will have successfully developed an Ultra HD flexible OLED panel of more than 60 inches.”

Earlier this year LG gave its public debut to a 30R display it claimed could be rolled up as easily as a newspaper at CES 2016 in Las Vegas in January.

LG face competition from Samsung in bringing the first ever rollable display to market, however. The company brought a series of LED displays that can be rolled or folded to tradeshow, in addition to and OLED (AMOLED) displays for virtual reality gadgets and vehicles, and transparent and reflective displays projecting hologram-like 3D images in the air. 

Samsung’s rollable AMOLED display weighs only 5 grams, is 0.3 mm in depth and has a 10 radius of curvature, meaning it can be rolled into a circle with a 10 mm radius. Samsung hope to implement the technology in the first generation of rollable TVs and tablets that take up little storage space and effortlessly roll out and roll in when needed. 

LG’s stand at the show highlighted a variety of displays from its OLED range, including a curved 65-inch OLED display, a 75-in OLED display and a 55-in double-sided signage, although did not feature any of its latest rollable displays.