LG and Samsung are in the verge of announcing their flexible display smartphones. There are multiple reports that Samsung is planning to announce their flexible OLED display smartphone this month. And LG today officially announced their start of mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. We can soon expect a smartphone from LG with their flexible display as well.
Even though the whole smartphone design will not become flexible/bendable at the start, adding these flexible displays to smartphones will add more rigidness to the devices. The displays in the smartphones are the most vulnerable parts which often gets damaged due to drop, etc,. These flexible displays will completely avoid those scenarios.
Can Microsoft/Nokia license these display technology for their Windows devices? Nokia has a long tradition of exploring flexible display in smart devices. Their concept video showing a phone wrapped around the wrist became quite famous when it was released. Even Microsoft was at the stage along with Samsung at CES when a flexible display Windows Phone prototype was revealed by Samsung.
What do you guys think?
See the press release after the break.
LG Display Mass-Produces World’s First Flexible OLED Panel for Smartphones
LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, today announced that it will start mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. This state-of-the-art panel represents another milestone following the company’s commercial rollout of the world’s first 55-inch OLED TV display earlier this year.
“LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology,” said Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display. “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.”
LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.
In March 2012 LG Display developed the world’s first 6-inch Electronic Paper Display (EPD) based on e-ink which utilizes a plastic backplane. Having previously showcased the world’s first curved 55-inch OLED TV panel at CES 2013, today’s announcement highlights the company’s leading position in advanced flexible display technologies.
According to research firm IHS Display Bank, the global flexible display industry will see dramatic growth and become a USD 1.5 billion market by 2016, exceeding USD 10 billion by 2019. LG Display plans to advance flexible display technologies and bring innovation to consumers’ daily lives with the introduction of rollable and foldable displays in various sizes.