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Nokia Show Off Folding Display Technology in San Diego


Nokia have been impressing their audience at the Society for Information Display (SID) Conference in San Diego, demonstrating their foldable OLED display technology.

Nokia unveiled two 5.9 inch screens, both with a resolution of 1280×720, one of which folds in half like a book, the other folding in two places, into thirds. When folded there is a two milometer gap between the glass touching. There are limitations to the technology however, as these prototypes can only stand 100,000 folds before perishing.


To get technical, Forbes describes how the technology, which at the moment doesn’t have a specific use case, works:

The displays are made by forming release, sealing, colour filter, TFT and OLED layers in that order on a glass substrate. The colour filter and OLED layers are then attached to each other and the glass substrates are peeled off and replaced with flexible substrates.

We did get a glimpse of something similar to this back at Nokia World 2011 with the Nokia Kinetic concept which had a bendable screen which controlled the interface. It will be interesting to see where this ends up, other manufacturers like LG have brought out flexible displays, but as Nokia aren’t currently in the smartphone game this could end up being used in something else.

To find out more read Forbes’ post HERE