SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, said on Friday that the newly developed, irreversible, bendable screen has passed security tests in the United States, allowing the company to start marketing the product.
PHOTO PHOTO: Samsung logo is set at a mobile World Congress building in Barcelona, Spain, February 25, 201
The South Korean firm, an Apple Inc. supplier, said the screen could be used in devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, portable gaming machines and consoles in cars.
The display is protected from plastic instead of glass, increases flexibility and makes it virtually unbreakable, Samsung Display said on its website.
It's important that the screen has improved transparency, almost like glass, so it can be installed on close-up devices, such as smartphones, said a Samsung official.
The screen has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a testing company for the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, after the tests involved were lost 26 times from a height of 1.2 meters, Samsung Display said.
After testing, the screen continued to work normally, without damage to the front, sides or edges, the company said.
US Certification gives such credibility that marketing can begin all over the world, not just in the United States, Samsung Display officially said.
Samsung Electronics has been expected to introduce a device with folding screen since the mobile operator in September said such device was developed and needed to overcome technological barriers before possible release in 2018.
Reporting of Ju-min Park and Miyoung KimEditing by Christopher Cushing