LG now leading the way on flexible displays, first products tipped for Q4 2013

LG now leading the way on flexible displays, first products tipped for Q4 2013Samsung may hold most of the cards these days in its Korean mobile rivalry with LG, but Lucky Goldstar looks to have the edge in one area of smartphone-land that's set to become increasingly important over the next few years: flexible displays.

The Korea Times reports LG is set to start mass producing flexible panels for clients in Q4 of this year, with an LG-branded smartphone set to be among the first consumer devices to appear with the panels on board.

Various parties have been linked with flexible display technology over the past year or so, with smartphone market leader Samsung probably chief among them.

But while LG may be lagging a bit in consumer device sales, LG Display remains a force to be reckoned with, and spokesman Frank Lee talks of “the rapid need for display advancements” to meet the increasing appetite for bendable, unbreakable screens.

LG's flexible displays are OLED-based, and support 1080p-plus resolutions in a nod to likely future demands.

“We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year,” LG revealed in a statement to The Korea Times.

LG's first flexible smartphone release is being tipped to land later this year, which will no doubt fit in nicely with LG chairman Koo Bon-moo's recent call for the company to produce top products to help boost the company's fortunes.

Samsung, though, is said to be hard at work at its own flexible display technology, though it's reportedly still in the testing phase and not quite ready to ramp up production to the kind of levels required by mainstream consumer kit.

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shadders139  Jun. 19, 2013 at 20:38

Are there any benefits to these flexible displays in phones beyond being harder to break?

coerce86  Jun. 19, 2013 at 21:02

There's a lot of applications. Flexible gestures (like you flex the glass and it acts in a certain way). Flexible watch-style phones. Harder to break. Better viewing angles.

Stelph  Jun. 20, 2013 at 08:41

Eventually I'd like to see a screen that is almost completely foldable, as then I could see a prosper fold out tablet (like the Sony p but without the join) which would give the benefits of a large screen but not compromise on portability

coerce86  Jun. 20, 2013 at 08:49

I imagine there'd be problems with foldable screens (where they bend completely it'd disperse the pixels or cause wear one would imagine).
However there's been some nifty ideas with roll up tablets kind of thing. (eg. here http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/photos/gallery-e6frf94x-1225836945619?page=4 )

It's nice to know there's still progress to be made tablet/phone wise. Personally I can't wait to see some new battery innovations, that's the only thing which, I feel, really holds phones back right now.

Stelph  Jun. 20, 2013 at 10:18

Roll up would be good! I agree that folding a screen totally in half, as you do with a piece of paper, may never come as it would cause wear, but I would imagine a design could be made where the paper "mostly" folds in half. Enough that you can fold close the device but not so much that the screens wear or break.

Battery is a definate yes, tbh I think that there has been a good solid evolution of batteries over the years but it is constantly negated by the race for thinnest, largest screen, fastet processor. Id love to see a return to the phone thats batteries lasted days rather than hours, it would be great for one of the new contenders (jolla?) to make headlines for themselves by sticking a mahussive battery in and trouncing all the opposition


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