Samsung Display has developed a truly unbreakable display panel. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has certified the display. The base feature of the panel is made of flexible OLED but the substrate has been designed to not tear out with repeated impact.
Traditionally, in order to have a super-tough screen, you simply hardened the covering on the top. Phone manufacturers have been using synthetic sapphire to cover the displays for years. This is tougher than the traditional glass used on phones. When paired with an OLED panel, and layers of synthetic sapphire, the glass becomes extremely hard to break. However, with time it may break because it is brittle. This “unbreakable” Samsung panel is covered with a fortified plastic in the place of glass. So, the glass is flexible.
Samsung claims that the fortified glass used in the display shares the same transmissivity as normal glass and hardness. But fortified glass is much more flexible. In UL’s testing, the display panel was subjected to 26 successive 4-feet drops with no damage. The display lost no functionality at extreme temperatures. Note that, Samsung tested the panel for drops from 6 feet. For those unaware, this is above the current standard test.
The display is unbreakable, but the concern with a plastic-based covering is how easily catches scratches on prolonged use. The same kit didn’t work out with Motorola last time.
When will the unbreakable display roll out?
The ‘unbreakable’ panel from Samsung is not ready for use in any commercially available smartphone. Don’t expect anything sort of this from Galaxy Note 9 or the Galaxy S10. Samsung has not yet said whether it will use the technology for commercial products or not. This unbreakable display has applications in areas such as car center consoles, mobile military devices, portable game consoles, and education-focused tablets. This is evident in itself how these areas could benefit from a high-quality screen. That takes extra abuse without breaking.