News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 10, 2014.
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Earlier today, we commented on the prospect of Samsung introducing a smartphone that could convert up to a tablet thanks to a folding OLED display supposedly launching in 2015. The main question was how the heck would Samsung manage that, but it seems Nokia has already provided clues to answer that question with its own folding screen shown on video.
Nokia partnered with the Semiconductor Energy Laboratory to develop a display that can be viewed as one panel or expand to show three panels. At its largest size, the prototype measured 5.9-inches and has a 1280x720 resolution. While that may not quite be on the level of other displays in terms of pixels per inch, please slap yourself and remember that you are looking at display that is folding itself into multiple smartphone and tablet sizes.
The SEL and Nokia exhibited their bending screen at Display Week in San Diego but obviously didn't provide details about commercial availability because there's no way of knowing. As you can see in the video below, the screen is only usable thanks to a very large and impractical housing unit that would not fit in anyone's pocket. It probably won't be seen in commercial products next year as Samsung's contraption supposed will, but here's a look at the folding screen in action.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.