Samsung 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.