Making headlines all over the mobile industry lately is the dubbed “super material” graphene, which is an atomic structure measuring only one atom thick – making it the thinnest material ever created. Not only is the material thin, but it’s also incredibly strong and flexible. We’ve seen a lot of ideas for newer and stronger technologies stem from the use of this new material, but without seeing just how well the use of the material can be applied will really tell whether graphene is the real deal or significantly overhyped.

The material itself has a ton of potential, but potential hardly means anything if you don’t have the investment or the creative minds to put it to work. However, it seems that as of late many companies are interested in making something out of graphene. Almost every day when I browse technological news there is another headliner boasting about the newest potential that graphene can gives us – stronger device, bendable phones, longer battery life, and better wireless signal. It’s like this material can virtually do anything considering the amazing properties it manifests.

But this kind of thing is easier said than done, and this wouldn’t be the first time a promising technology was hyped up to the utmost proportion only to come crashing down as one big disappointment. Even the pending success of graphene could fail because although the material has the potential, it’s only going to work the way we want it to by using the highest grade of graphene – something that’s not yet able to be produced on an industrial level. It will be quite a few years to include all of the possibilities of graphene into our gadgets.

Graphene is expected to start showing up in mobile phones later this year from big name manufacturers like Samsung and Nokia, although this has not officially been confirmed. However, Samsung did have a flexible display prototype on demo at CES 2013, so even if the finished product is not completed this year we can at least confirm that at least one of the companies is working on the technology.

Flexible displays are only the beginning of what graphene is supposedly able to do, though.

While bendy cell phones are the talk of the town at the moment, it’s only because it looks to be available in the near future. Beyond that, graphene is said to hold a lot of potential that extends beyond cell phones. Other potential uses for graphene include solar panels for environment-friendly charging, bionic devices, and overall better battery life for a multitude of devices. For the first time in a long time, this is a technology that is so versatile it can actually be a game changer in most technologies we see today. I see nothing gimmicky or tacky about graphene – if anything is going to be called innovative these days, it should be graphene.

There is a huge hype surrounding this product, and it was nothing but a whisper of a word only a few years ago. I myself hadn’t even heard about the material until a couple of months ago. Just by the understanding that this material which is said to be stronger than diamonds, more flexible than rubber, and more conductive than copper is enough to spark anybody’s interest as it could benefit us all if used correctly. If companies like Samsung and Nokia are already seeing the benefits of the material, I imagine it won’t take long for it to start gaining infinite momentum geared towards improving all of those things that we want to see improved upon.

Do I think graphene is overhyped? I don’t think so. The potential of this material is great and I find it extremely interesting to learn about. How it’s constructed, how it’s improved since scientists and inventors have started working on it – it’s an intriguing thing to learn about and if you have the time I highly suggest reading up on it. I really think that graphene is the real deal as long as people approach the use of the material in the correct manner.

Then again, I thought the BlackBerry Z10 was too at first so maybe my opinion isn’t always on point.

Readers, how do you feel about future products incorporating the use of graphene? Is it something you could benefit from (bendable screens, potentially better battery life, faster download speeds)? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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Curtis Owens Graphene is important. It will change a lot of things. But it will not change things much more than how carbon fiber changed things.
CeeGii Borels WAIT a iminute were talking about Graphene right NOT YOUM?
Mark Belkowski Stupid invention.
Rani Hinnawi Our future space elevator will be made of graphene, which is the strongest material we know of today. I definitely see a big success for its future
Edgar Rodriguez If used correctly I can help with broken sceeens like the crap on the GS3
Francis Short Jr graphite cpus if made would make traditional ones obselete
Christopher Manic Johnson Bendable screens are great for device durability.
Arxi Kay i saw samsung debut this using a prototype phone, that had the edge with curved display which became essentially the notification bar on the side of the phone even when you close (ex.) your phone's case. I find that very useful. BUT OTHER THAN THAT? Nah.
Christopher Williams A gimmick nothing more. "My smartphone would be so much better if the screen was bendable"- said no one ever!
Paul Gonzalez of all the movies they could demo....why ice age...
CeeGii Borels with NOKIA getting a $1.13B grant im scared of dropping the new Graphene phones they make on my feet
Lukasz Dudek I can't see it. How am I gonna touch smth on the screen or watch the movie holding phone if the screen will be bending all the time. It will b frustrating.
Nick Catelli Word bendable screens don't seem to mean much right now, at least in my opinion. Less breakable is the best thing that can come of that, and while it's a welcomed innovation, it's not anywhere as big of a deal as graphene is for the future of battery technology. Battery tech has always been the Achilles heel of smartphones and portable devices, so it's nice to see the prospect of such innovations potentially make their way into future products, especially considering how much more relevant good battery performance is to the end user than the usual meaninglessness of clock speeds and processor cores that so many tech companies get wrapped up in
Harold Hidalgo Im kinda excited about what they can do with this new technology.
Anthony Evans Jr dont care. I just want a big screen great features and great battery life who cares about bendable screens

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