Samsung to Demo Galaxy Note 2-Sized Flexible Display at CES

Samsung will show off a Galaxy Note 2 sized 5.5-inch flexible display at CES 2013 in January, but the cool new screen tech may not be ready to roll out in time for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4.

At the major tech event in Las Vegas, CNet says Samsung will show off two flexible displays. The flexible displays do not yet roll up like paper, but they do afford Samsung design freedom that competitors are missing.

The most interesting flexible smartphone display on the way to CES 2013 is a 5.5-inch flexible display with a 1280 x 720 resolution and a 267 pixel density. Minus the flexibility those stats fit the Galaxy Note 2 exactly. Before the Galaxy Note 2 announcement in October rumors of a flexible display swirled, possibly thanks to work on this prototype.

Samsung Flexible Smartphone display CES 2013

Samsung shows off a flexible display sized for the Galaxy Note 2. Josh Miller /CNet

With the Galaxy Note 2 already in the hands of users, this flexible display tech is destined for some other phone. Rumors say the Galaxy S4 will feature a flexible or unbreakable display, but analysts don’t expect Samsung and its supply chain can bring a flexible display to the market until 2014, a year after the expected Galaxy S4 launch.

Read: 8 Exciting Android Smartphones for 2013

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Though this demo looks like it could swap right into a Galaxy Note 2, we’re hearing that the Galaxy Note 3 may feature a 6.3-inch display, so Samsung will need to super-size the new tech if that rumor is true.

Though the Samsung flexible display can’t yet roll-up, it will allow designers to add more curve to the smartphones. This is important especially for larger phones like the Note 2 which feels like holding a small paperback book to your face. A curve would offer a more natural fit.

In addition to being flexible, a display like this is reportedly more durable than those covered in glass on today’s smartphones. It’s not clear if the flexible display tech that Samsung plans to demo at CES 2013 is also unbreakable like the concept shown off at CES 2010.

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Samsung will also reportedly show a 55-inch flexible HDTV display and a 30-inch transparent HDTV display at CES 2013 in early January.

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