Flexible Phone Concept – Everything you need to know

Samsung's Flexible phone concept at CES 2013

About 5-6 years back , Nokia had posted a concept video called the ‘Morph concept phone‘ and it went viral on YouTube and other  social networking sites . Back then , as  a kid , i was so excited and been waiting till date to see a phone like that . It wasn’t just me  , but most of them who saw that video were so excited because a concept like that was so hard to even imagine in those days .And soon the idea just faded away. But over the recent times , the idea is again taking shape and the dreams of millions of people (including me ) will soon come true . For those of you who followed the CES 2013 , you would have seen flexible phones in one of Samsung’s presentations. But the very idea of flexible phones is still a dream which is actually so close  to becoming a reality . The devices that Samsung showcased are under  beta stage since , a lot of factors have to be taken into account while considering the case of a  phone which can actually bend and still not break . As of now , manufacturers have figured a way to produce flexible displays which is a giant leap towards the goal of a flexible phone . The flexible display could bend , twist , swirl , roll and still not shatter into pieces .Yes , certainly there were challenges to overcome before they could actually start producing flexible displays .The glass-epoxy material  of the display had to undergo many chemical processes to attain high degree of bending stress  and tensile strength ( the maximum stress/force that a material can withstand ,while stretching or pulling before getting damaged ) .So the glass has been made flexible . What next ? The touch screen of course . The traditional touch sensor cannot be implemented in a bendable display. So researchers have found a workaround for this problem by using chemicals in place of sensors . Now that we have attained a completely working touch screen display which is bendable , what about the other parts ? The Battery and the motherboard wont bend . Staying rigid is the key to a Li-Ion battery’s life and researchers have  started developing alternative sources like nano cell batteries and nano tube batteries which can actually bend . The engineers at major chip manufacturing companies are also trying their best to innovate .The battery and the motherboard (which includes LTE , CDMA and other chips ) are the biggest challenges to a flexible phone since all other components like camera , microphone , speakers are too small and don’t affect the flexibility  of the phone

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The advantage of flexible phones is that high quality components can be used and the cost of manufacturing can be reduced by 30% . And of course , we consumers can drop our phones from a 10 storey building and still watch the phone bending and rolling like a caterpillar rather than watching  it shatter into pieces .

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