Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Samsung claims its new 'unbreakable' screens for future smartphones won't crack

Samsung claims its new 'unbreakable' screens for future smartphones won't crack

Certified by Underwriters Laboratories (an official OSHA testing company), the panel not only meets military standard for drop and shock tests but also surpasses them. In comparison, flexible OLED panels in the market now make use of glass window which can easily shatter on impact. After a drop test at almost four feet above the ground 26 times in succession, and accompanying high (71 degrees) and low (-32 degrees) temperature tests, the Samsung display panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges.

Unlike traditional smartphone displays, Samsung's creation ditches the glass casing and uses plastic to cover the organic light emitting diode (OLED) panel.

The unbreakable OLED panel can be used for smartphones as well as other electronic products including display consoles for automobiles, portable game consoles, tablets and mobile military devices.

'The Samsung unbreakable panel continued to function normally with no damage to its front, sides or edges, ' the Korean tech giant said in a release. It even survived a subsequent 1.8 meter or nearly 6 feet drop test and operated as it should have without any damage. I suspect we'll see it used first in a Samsung-branded device, though. You can refer back to something like Motorola's plastic "Shattershield" screen that was highly prone to scratches.

But this new unbreakable panel shows that Samsung isn't monkeying around. Samsung sees it as having a use in auto displays, military devices, tablets and portable games consoles.

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Compare it to the recently-announced Gorilla Glass 6 from Corning and Samsung's unbreakable panel appears to be the better option. So when Samsung says unbreakable it's more than just a marketing term that means very little - like "unlimited" data plans that have fair use clauses attached.

Now, display-makers are focused on panels that can seriously take a beating, withstand a drop and not break.

All of which is to say - hold on tight to that current fragile smartphone in your pocket for just a few more months.

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