“The world’s biggest smartphone makers were all trying to out-shine their competitors at this year’s Mobile World Congress, with most new devices boasting the same, large, flat screen with a button or two,” Parmy Olson reports for Forbes.
“Apple was the elephant in the room. It refused to exhibit, even though its iPhone and iPad were top-selling devices,” Olson reports. “But both Apple and its competitors may be under pressure to leap to the next level of hardware in 2012, and not just by being more slim or more shiny.”
Olson reports, “Samsung is using its plastic-backed AMOLED devices to make phones that are lighter, thinner and include ‘foldable screens,’ according to Richard Windsor, a senior technology analyst at Nomura Group… Nomura’s analysts in Asia have said they expect to see Samsung “apply plastic substrate-based, bendable or curved displays for smartphones from [the second quarter of] 2012,” and cite equipment manufacturers in Korea as their sources. The analysts added in a recent note that the first example of this technology would not be in a smartphone screen that folded in half (though that may come later in 2013 in a clam-shell like device), but in a screen that folded over the edges of a phone, replacing the usual screen border or “bezel” so that the display continued onto the sides.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike H.” for the heads up.]