Samsung does it again. In its latest bid to dethrone the iPhone as the world’s top smartphone, Korean electronics giant Samsung is bringing out its new Galaxy Skin, a flexible mobile phone.
Samsung’s new handset, which was unveiled at the Hongik University in South Korea last June, and later at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, was developed by Prof. Haeseong Jee and Jye Yeon You. The designers said that it is still in the conceptual stage.
One of the key features of this device is that it is flexible. It has rollable, bendable displays that can survive the hardest blows, even a strike from a hammer. It is the first of its kind and is aimed to find its way into smartphones soon. The company already confirmed that the production of these flexible AMOLED displays will start in the second quarter of next year.
Instead of using glass, flexible AMOLED displays is said to use a plastic polyimide substrate. Tests have shown that it will enable the displays to bend around a cylinder with one inch in diameter.
The Samsung Galaxy Skin will have a 4-inch flexible AMOLED display that has 800 x 400 resolution. It is reported to have an 8-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera. The smartphone is said to run on a 1.2 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM, and will have Bluetooth 3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.
Experts are still unsure if it will run on Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but others say that it will feature a new operating system called Android Flexy.