LG eyes ‘early lead’ in flexible displays, mass production of world’s first flexible OLED panel begins

LG eyes ‘early lead’ in flexible displays, mass production of world’s first flexible OLED panel beginsOne of the Next Big Things in mobile is wearable tech, including smartwatches, and kinda going hand-in-hand with that is the notion of flexible displays.

It sounds like the technology will finally move from the trade show floor into consumers’ hands this year, and indeed LG has announced mass production of the world’s first OLED panel, describing it as “bendable and unbreakable”.

The application of flexible displays is pretty much threefold. You could have a flexible display in an otherwise rigid phone (see the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active), or perhaps a curved display on a smartwatch.

The third prong is a device that actually bends, but we can’t see that as being anything more than a temporary fad. Er, hopefully.

Anyway! LG is getting the ball rolling, with Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, LG’s Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer, yelling: “The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices.

“Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year.”

The LG Z is tipped to touch down around the same time as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Active, but again it’s expected to be durable rather than balls-out bendy.

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tapi  Oct. 8, 2013 at 19:13

Whilst I can see the application in installing curved screen where needed i.e a watch - what would be the benefit in a flexible display in a rigid phone? maybe benefiting from economies of scale using same tech across devices, but otherwise?

OK, read the galaxy article - think I'd prefer Gorilla Glass if it's just for resilience, as I'd expect the large screen to be provide part of the integrity of the whole device (I can foresee the mountings would need to be altered/beefed up or the flexible screen ultimately breaking free?) but will have to wait and see in real life


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