[H]ardOCP: Samsung Display’s ‘Unbreakable Panel’ Certified by Underwriters Laboratories

Samsung announces new 'unbreakable' display that survives punishing UL certification

Even though Corning is steadily improving Gorilla Glass and its resistance to drops and scratches, Samsung has created a flexible OLED panel that is almost unbreakable.

A new type of smartphone display panel made by Samsung Display has passed a series of durability tests in the us, which saw it surpass standards set out by the Department of Defense. Now, Samsung is doing one better: it's revealed a new display panel that has been certified as unbreakable by the Underwriters Laboratories testing company. It might be cheaper to use this screen instead of a normal OLED display with Gorilla Glass.

Samsung's flexible OLED panel is made with an "unbreakable substrate" and a plastic overlay window that is also lightweight. However, just to give some perspective about how extensive the certification process was, UL issued a statement sharing details about how the display was certified. According to Samsung, that means this unbreakable panel is more durable than even the U.S. Department of Defense requires. The display will certainly roll with smartphones, but Samsung said that it'll like "find viable markets with other electronics products" like automobile consoles, "portable game consoles", tablet PCs, and "mobile military devices". The display managed to survive being dropped 26 times in succession from around four feet without any damage.

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The Korean giant claims the screen passed drop tests even "significantly higher" than U.S. military standards, with the unbreakable panel showing no sign of damage. It was also tested at drops of up to 1.8 metres for good measure.

Along with its impact tests, the new panels were subjected to extreme temperatures, ranging from a high of 71C (159.8F) to a low of -32C (-25.6F) while still continuing to function normally.

This is not the first time we're seeing a technology like this on a display.

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