Samsung has quietly bestowed a name to its flexible AMOLED technology, an indication that we may soon see it on retailer shelves.
Now that's what we call flexible.
Youm is the name chosen by the electronics giant for its thin, next-generation screens, which are so malleable that they can be bent into a wave or an arc. Samsung claims that it is "unbreakable".
CNET got a look at the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2011. The 4.5-inch screen on display was less than 0.3mm thick, and sported an impressive WVGA (800x480-pixel) resolution.
The company has showed off the concept being used as an e-reader, a camera, a video chat system and an interpreter. The company also imagines the tablet showing off 3D images through the use of an augmented-reality system.
Companies have been toying with the idea of flexible displays for years, but LG appears to be the first to put it into production. The Korean consumer electronics company revealed last week that it has started mass production of what it called the "world's first" plastic electronic paper display.