The new OLED screen by Samsung could be folded inward as well as outward

At CES 2023, Samsung showcased a variety of new OLED display panels for smartphones and laptops. These panels comprised the Flex Hybrid, Flex Slideable Solo, and Flex Slidable Duet. These displays offer new and innovative ways to interact with devices. One of the most notable features is the slide-out and foldable options. But the most exciting new display technology that Samsung showcased is the Flex In & Out. It has the capacity to fold in both directions and offers a truly flexible solution for future foldable smartphones.

Samsung Display’s Flex In & Out has a 360-degree hinge. This hinge permits the screen to be folded inward and outward. Thus indicating that the device can be used in a variety of different form factors. the different form factors include the following a traditional smartphone, a tablet, or even a mini laptop. Samsung spokesperson John Lucas stated that the display is based on a new type of hinge. The new hinge generates a comparatively less visible crease. The screen is loosely folded with such a hinge. In this way, it resembles the shape of a waterdrop. Thus, exerting less stress on the display.

Samsung has showcased this panel before at other events. The Flex In & Out display was featured at South Korea’s IMID (International Meeting for Information Displays) expo. There, it received positive feedback for its ability to achieve a no-gap design when folded. This new technology could debut with the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Since some rumors suggest that it could feature a waterdrop (or what Samsung reportedly calls a dumbbell) shaped hinge for a no-gap design and a significantly less visible crease.

Samsung’s current-generation foldable phones—Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4—feature a U-shaped hinge. It makes the crease of the screen more visible. However, with the Flex In & Out display, Samsung is taking a big step forward in addressing this issue and improving the overall design of foldable smartphones.

Chinese rivals such as Motorola, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi have recently started using a waterdrop-shaped hinge. We can expect the South Korean tech firm Samsung adopts the same strategy later this year. This new display technology is a significant step forward in the development of foldable smartphones. Since it has the capacity to redesign the current approach with foldable devices. It offers a truly flexible solution that can adapt to the needs of the user, making it a game-changer in the industry.