Nokia Demonstrates A Phone With A Flexible OLED Display

By 05:59 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 Comments

The Lumia and Asha range of handsets may have been the focus of the Nokia World event but that's not all that Nokia had to show.

One of the more fascinating things on display was a Nokia phone with a flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display called the 'Nokia kinetic device'. The device comes with a large flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display that you can bdiscontinue from the middle or from around the edges.

But having the ability to bdiscontinue is not its only feature. It actually uses that ability to control the UI on the device. You can, for example, zoom in and out by bending it from the middle. You can scroll through a list by bending it from around the edges.

Nokia kinetic prototype live photos

The advantage of this method is that it can be used without looking at the display and also when you're using gloves, something that capacitive touchscreens cannot do. The downside is that you have to utilize both hands and it's not terribly convenient, with far too much effort being required to flex the device compared to simply tapping on the screen.

Update: We got our hands on the prototype at Nokia World and we'll be posting a video of our experience with it later. Our first impressions are overwhelming. It's a must-see device that easily redefines what you thought was possible in mobile phones.

First of all, we've never seen a classy screen with such wide viewing angles - there's virtually NO shift in colors or contrast no matter how you see at it. The contrast itself is also nice - with nicely deep blacks. The resolution of the classy screen is WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) and it looks great. On top of the classy screen there's some sort of plastic protection as obviously glass won't bend. Unfortunately, that means it could be prone to scratches in real-life use.

The device is just a prototype with no current plans of being put into production. But who knows, we might just see them in the future, and not necessarily from Nokia.



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