More than flexible screens, we should get used to calling them curved smartphones. And, despite the fact that they actually have a flexible screen, everything else is rigid, so the limitations of the smartphone in the end are practically the same. The only thing that we find with the new Galaxy Round and the smartphone that LG is going to launch on the market, are terminals with a different design, but in functionality they have very little new to offer.
And although some companies, such as LG itself, have already claimed to have a flexible battery. We still run into a whole host of problems. For starters, all smartphones today are built on a main chassis. This chassis is what makes up the terminal itself, and without it, we would only have a really fragile smartphone that would break easily. Before long, it would stop working due to a problem with the connections. But even if we had solved the problem of the chassis, we continue to find the cases, whose function is the same as that of the chassis, to conform to the phone itself. Without a rigid case, the screen itself would fall off the terminal, so its flexible capacity ends up being of little importance.
Flexible display has advantages
Of course, we still have some advantages for having a screen that is flexible. Obviously, a screen that can be bent will never break under stress. For example, if we try to bend the smartphone, we will probably not break the screen, something that we can easily do with other types of terminals. And it may seem impossible to break a screen, but it is not so difficult if we keep it in a case with other objects that can press the screen. Thus, with a flexible screen we avoid that problem.
However, it doesn’t seem like a good enough advantage. The price of a flexible screen is more expensive, and its possibilities are lower, in resolution and autonomy. If we add to this that we could break other elements such as the protective glass, which would be cracked, then we realize that the advantage offered by a flexible screen is not so high. Even so, it is positive if the manufacturers decide to incorporate it for the same price.
What will come in the future?
What could happen at this rate is that we end up seeing the transparent smartphones that have been talked about so much. And although it may have nothing to do with it, they are actually very related. For a flexible screen to be really useful, it is necessary for the entire smartphone to be flexible, but that is not almost possible if we do not remove the vital importance of the smartphone from the chassis and housing. To do this, it would be necessary to make another element of the terminal become the main one to which all the other components are attached. The ideal in this case would be the screen itself. Adapting all the components to the screen, we would have a smartphone with a very small thickness, and also almost totally flexible. The next step would be to make the other elements translucent, but that is not something too complicated and it is a field in which, oddly enough, much progress has already been made. In any case, we are talking about a couple of years. However, if we think about it, it really isn’t that much. The iPhone 7, or even the Galaxy S6, could already be a transparent smartphone, or almost transparent, and totally flexible. Of course, keep in mind that your flexibility will still be limited. We can warp them, but not bend them.