Samsung Display is showing off several new screens at CES 2024 this week, including a larger version of the company’s rollable display for tablets with expanding screens and a new In&Out Flip screen for flip phones that can flip all the way around.

The company is also unveiling a tiny new display for headsets and bigger screens for monitors and TVs.

Samsung In&Out Flip

The most interesting is probably the new flip screen, which can bend open and closed like the screens on existing flip phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series. But with the ability to bend back 360 degrees, this display doesn’t just let you flip a phone open and closed like a Star Trek communicator. It also lets you flip it so that you’ve got two back-to-back screens.

Whether that’s something you actually want or need remains to be seen, but I suppose it could come in handy if you want to use one screen as a viewfinder while framing your shots with the phone’s primary camera, among other things. Samsung says it also eliminates the need for a secondary outer display for notifications… assuming you’re willing to leave the primary screen exposed all the time.

The company says its In&Out Flip display has been tested for durability tests that involve rubbing sand on the screen, immersing a phone in water, and bouncing basketballs on the foldable panels.

The company’s Rollable Flex display is a screen that can roll up inside of a phone or tablet, giving you up to five times as much screen space when fully unrolled. And the Flex Hybrid display is both foldable and rollable.

Samsung’s new Flex Note Extendable display, meanwhile, is an 11 inch screen when folded, but it can extend to become a 13.8 inch display with a 10:9 aspect ratio when unfolded and a 17.3 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio when another section is unrolled.

Samsung Flex Note Extendable

The company is positioning this as a design for “vehicle interiors,” noting that it “can serve as a laptop for working in the car or as an extended display for watching movies,” but it can also be folded & rolled up to save space when it’s not in use.

Samsung Flex Note Extendable

Don’t ask me why Samsung is limiting this to in-vehicle use rather than on-the-go-general purpose applications, but not all of Samsung’s new displays are designed for phones and cars.

The company’s new Samsung OLEDoS (OLED on Silicon) display is Samsung’s first version of this tiny high-def display with support for RGB color. It’s a 1.03 inch screen with 3500 pixels per inch, designed to give users a 4K TV-like experience when used in extended reality headsets.

Samsung RGB OLEDoS

Samsung’s OLEDoS screens come from eMagin, a US-based company that Samsung acquired last year.

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  1. I read somewhere recently (don’t remember where) that foldables haven’t been very popular with the masses like makers have been hoping.

    I still think foldables are just a fad (like A.I.) and I don’t think it’s very useful or practical. Just my own opinion.

    Also, look at the difference in color gradiant in that Samsung Flex Note between the two halves. I wonder if it has poor viewing angles, or is it just a poor quality screen in general?

    1. The main problem with foldables is that they come with drawbacks yet remain more expensive. Fold flip does make it easier to carry a larger display phone without being brick sized.

      What is your reasoning behind why AI is just a fad?

      1. I have no hard evidence on anything, just conjecture. But given the overhype from Liar Altman, and Microsoft betting big on Artificial UnIntelligence, it has certainly taken the world by storm. I think in some ways A.I. is here to stay, the research wont stop.

        But from my own personal experience, after a two month honeymoon with running various models, I got terribly bored by it and found it rather pointless.

        I do think it’s a fad and it will pass. But A.I. as a whole is here to stay. I think it will be used in such things as think tanks, medical research and document pruning (getting certain facts from documents). But this whole A.I. chatbot, Copilot thing, I think is a fad that will pass.

        Just my opinion, and I could be completely wrong.

        1. I agree about AI being pointless for chat. I think AI will remain useful for answering complex questions so long as until big tech kneecaps it for the average person making it about as “smart” as a doorknob once again. Of course you can possibly pay to use a model that has not been kneecapped, but you know that is what they already plan on doing. You can’t have peasants running around with a professor in their pocket that can possibly instruct average people on ways to break out of their systems they have put in place to keep us in our place. Of course they will still retain access to the best AIs and data as always.

          Bing-Copilot-Clippy is already pretty useless in that way.