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Samsung to launch phones with flexible screens as early as next year

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Samsung has announced plans to release the first handset using its flexible displays sometime next year, with tablets and other devices arriving afterwards. In the earnings call after Samsung's Q3 results, Samsung Electronics VP and Head of Investor Relations Robert Yi told investors that the company plans to introduce the displays, "sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part."

Samsung began touting a flexible WVGA AMOLED display last November, before bringing a prototype to CES in January, and finally announced in July that it would begin mass-production in Q2 2012. It's also worth noting that in January Samsung acquired Liquivista, and hopefully some of that startup's pioneering work in this field will make its way into the new displays. Flexible panels have been getting a lot of attention over the past few days after Nokia revealed its twisty Kinetic concept, but we would be surprised if Samsung manages to release something that dramatic next year.