We all know that Samsung has released the world’s first smartphone with a flexible screen. Samsung Galaxy Round has marked the outbreak of such devices – LG will be the next to release its G Flex smartphone with the alike screen. Nevertheless, users do not know exactly how flexible displays work, if they are better or worse than the usual ones. Today we respond to the most frequently asked questions concerning the flexible displays for mobile devices.

#1. What is a “flexible display”?

In fact, the flexible display is different from the usual ones in a substrate – ordinary screens use conventional glass, while the flexible ones – a special plastic. It allows you to change the shape of the display bending it.

#2. What are the advantages of flexible displays?

Is there a point in mass conversion to gadgets with such screens? One of the major advantages of flexible displays is their relative resistance to mechanical damage. If a regular smartphone drops on the floor, its display is very likely to be broken. Flexible displays are deprived of the glass substrate, which allows them to survive even after falling from a great height. The absence of glass allows developers to design screens thinner and lighter, respectively, making their mobile devices much slimmer.

#3. What flexible displays – OLED or LCD – are better?

As it is well known, both LCD and OLED displays can be bent, but in the case of LCD screen it is not so simple and efficient in comparison with the OLED screens bending. It is a completely different technology, so we won’t go into the technical details, and give the  short answer – Flexible OLED-displays are much better than the LCD- competitors in terms of flexibility.

#4. If the display is bent, then why is the smartphone not bent either?

Why is Samsung Galaxy Round monolithic just like other smartphones? The answer to this question is simple: all mobile devices consist not only of the display – they have a lot of chips on silicon, and this material doesn’t boast of plasticity. In addition, batteries are not able to bend yet.

#5. Where else, besides the smartphones design, can flexible displays be used?

Today this technology has not been tried anywhere else except in the Samsung Galaxy Round, so it is hard to predict what other areas flexible displays will find the application in. Although, they certainly come in handy in so-called “smart” watches that will become a fashionable trend next year.