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Hello, future: Samsung’s flexible displays coming next year

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We’ve heard a lot from Samsung over the past few months about its flexible next-generation displays.

By switching from glass to plastic, device makers can create lighter, more durable, and potentially more attractive devices. It’ll be an exciting thing to watch.

Now a report from the Wall Street Journal says Samsung is finalizing development of the technology, which means we could see it as soon as next spring.

And we have no idea when devices with the technology will see the light of day. Will we see a flexible Galaxy S IV? Maybe, but Samsung isn’t saying just yet.

One thing we do know, however, is this: flexibility is profitable: Sony, LG, and even smaller ventures like XSense and C3NAno are all pouring dollars into the technology. So there’s clearly something to it.

In the end, the key to the technology lies in two questions: How much money will it save manufacturers? After all, there’s no point in embracing a manufacturing process that more expensive or more difficult than what came before it.

The second question is perhaps more important, at least for the average person: Will flexible devices even be the type of things consumers actually want? We’ll know soon enough.