At the CES technology conference in January, Samsung demonstrated prototypes of mobile phones with flexible screens. According to PC Magazine, the Korean electronics manufacturer means to have these new devices on the market in the near future, ideally sometime in the early months of 2012.

The news source reports that previously, Samsung had claimed that  the devices would not be ready for the market for some time and were expected to debut in 2013 or 2014. However, these plans have changed, according to an announcement made in a recent earnings call, given by company official Robert Yi.

"The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part," Yi said, according to the news source. "The application probably will start from the handset side."

The screens are not expected to be completely flexible, but rather to have screens with fixed curves. Nokia has its own prototype with similar technology, but it is believed to be provided by Samsung or LG, meaning that Nokia would not provide genuine competition for the Korean company.

VentureBeat reports that flexible screens for mobile devices have been in design since 2008, with companies such as Sony and Plastic Logic working toward the development of these smartphone accessories.