colinneagle writes "Although multiple manufacturers are expected to release smartphones with flexible display screens by the end of this year, the technology will be little more than a novelty until about 2015, one analyst says. Raza Ali, an analyst at Visiongain, authored a report released in February that forecasted the market for flexible display technology to reach $260.3 million by the end of 2013. That may not come as much of a surprise, with LG planning to ship its first flexible displays later this year and Samsung drumming up publicity with its flexible YOUM prototype at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
But manufacturers need to overcome a few obstacles, First, they need to make smartphone components that are flexible, because a device with a flexible screen is useless if the rest of the device isn't, Ali says. They'll also need to keep the cost low enough for manufacturers to mass produce the devices, and cost has been an issue since flexible displays were invented."
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