Samsung's flexible OLED technology keeps getting hit with delays. The latest report indicates the bendable screen tech is currently delayed because Samsung hasn't quite figured out how to handle moisture and oxygen that would be introduced by having a flexible device. Here's a quote with some additional detail,

Samsung Display has improved its plastic substrate technology, which had been regarded as the biggest technological obstacle, to a near-commercialization degree. Yet, it is having difficulty upgrading its encapsulation technology, the patent on which Samsung Display purchased from US company Vitex System at the end of 2011. It was said that Samsung Display was turning its eyes to other technologies since the adoption of Vitex System’s encapsulation technology excessively lengthens the manufacturing time.

Since OLEDs are vulnerable to moisture and oxygen, encapsulation processes are crucial to the commercialization of flexible displays. Samsung Display is reportedly reviewing various encapsulation technologies that can replace the encapsulation technology developed by Vitex System.

Samsung Display said, “As we have accumulated expertise in this field, progress is being made in substrates as well as encapsulation technology. We have developed a new technology than can shorten the encapsulation process to less than 2 minutes by using the Vitex System-developed encapsulation technology.”
We have heard previously several times over the last two years that Samsung's flexible OLED tech would be delayed. This is the first time we are hearing about the reasons why. We can't help but appreciate Samsung for slowing down the push for this technology so they can make sure to get it right. Let's cross our fingers they will be able to work out these issues so they can launch it next year.

Source: KoreaITNews