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Samsung’s Future Tablets: Flexible Displays and Pen Recognition Without Dedicated Chip

by Mihai Matei on December 4, 2013


We’ve now stepped into December, and this means that we probably won’t see a lot of new devices hitting the market by the end of the year. Gadget manufacturers are now focusing on what they’ll deliver next year, and based on what we’ve learned so far, 2014 will be a very interesting year for gadget enthusiasts.

In any case, you may remember that not long ago, word on the street was that Samsung will focus more on tablets in 2014. Today we bring you more news regarding the matter, as earlier today we’ve found out that Samsung is cooking something special for its future tablet line-up. Join us after the break and learn what’s what.

Samsung's Future Tablets: Flexible Displays and Pen Recognition Without Dedicated Chip

Samsung’s Future Tablets: Flexible Displays and Pen Recognition Without Dedicated Chip

Samsung to Produce Tablets with Flexible Displays and Digitizer-less Pen Recognition

According to the Korean media, Samsung Electronics will change its display technology for future tablets, by adopting metal mesh touch screen panels, instead of the indium tin oxide ones. According to sources, yesterday, the Advanced Development Team over at Samsung has received 7 or 8 metal mesh touch screen panels from suppliers, and the Korean giant is now performing approval tests. Samsung’s plans are to complete the reliability / QA tests by the end of the year.

But, you may be wondering, what’s with the metal mesh touch panel anyway? What are the advantages of using this type of technology? The answer is pretty simple:

To begin with, the metal mesh panels have a low surface resistance, meaning that they can be bent to a certain degree, and can be used for flexible displays on larger devices such as tablets. More so, the panel allows the manufacturer to implement pen recognition without using a dedicated driver chip that would normally work in parallel with the digitizer sensor layer on the panel.


In a nutshell, using metal mesh panels will result in a lower production cost (20-30% cheaper, sources say). Indium is a rare earth element and it’s not cheap. Additionally, the lack of a dedicated pen recognition chip will bring the production costs even lower.

In the end, Samsung appears to be focusing on its tablet line-up, and now there’s a high possibility that we’ll get to see some really interesting slates hitting the market in 2014. Curved tablets with good pen support and an attractive price? Sign me up!

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