Apr 25 AT 6:50 PM Dustin Earley 14 Comments

LG said to debut device with flexible OLED display by Q4

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What’s next for the smartphone display? We’ve already got pixel densities far higher than the human eye can detect, amazing color reproduction, and panels are thinner and more energy efficient. We’re at the point where innovation in the display space is going to either come to a grinding halt, or explode as companies can push more money into research and development. There’s no definitive answer as to what the next big thing in smartphone display technology will be, but companies like Samsung and LG are banking on flexible OLED technology.

During an investor call, LG’s vice president of mobile Yoon Bu-hyun has said that not only is LG’s mobile division working on flexible OLED display technology, by the fourth quarter of this year, the company plans on delivering a phone utilizing it. As much as we’d like to see a phone that can be twisted back and fourth, rung out like a towel, something even close to that is realistically years away. The display panel might be there, but other important components most certainly are not.

As a more realistic idea of what LG may announce, look back to the prototype Samsung demoed at CES 2013. Samsung had a phone on the floor that featured a wrap around display. It’s nothing breathtaking, but it’s a start. And with the power of Android, there’s bound to be some interesting things both Samsung and LG could do with a similar handset. Can you think of anything better? Let us know in the comments.

Via: The Verge

Source: Wall Street Journal

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Sounds like the major benefits to flexible OLED is an “unbreakable” display and lower power consumption.

    • Arthur

      Unfortunately with the advent of this type of display, it will have to be some lightweight pliable plastic which will inherently feel much cheaper than the Gorilla Glass displays we have gotten used to over the past couple of years.

      But as with many things, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

      • Brian Parkerson

        Think about it…What good is cake if you can’t eat it?I’ve never understood that statement because I have eaten every cake that I have had…what else is one to do with the damn thing?

        • Xallies

          You could leave some for the birthday girl crying in the corner. Just a thought.

        • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

          I’ve heard that strippers sometimes jump out of cake…I wouldn’t want to eat stripper cake.

  • aranea

    Flexible screen will be great on a smart watch. A large portion, if not all of the wrist band can be the screen with scrolling notifications etc. That’s a smart watch I’ll buy.

  • vforvortex

    would be nice if the Nexus phones are at the forefront of tech once again and showcase this with the (LG Nexus 4 -2013//LG Nexus 5) . keeping my hopes in check for now.

  • epps720

    As a start to flexible displays I like what Samsung did at CES. Simple change but could be very useful. They say these are unbreakable but do they scratch easily and do still allow the same screen viewing quality and angles that glass does?

  • donger

    Exciting.

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  • http://theamazingaustin.com Austin Tompkins

    I’d love to see the top inch or two of screen wrap around to the back of the phone and on each side. I could see this having some useful benefits and some not so useful but “cool” implementations.

  • Anekait Kariya

    Boss i think it will be the nexus 5 (by LG ) to be the first ever phone to have flexible screen with the Powerfully packed Key lime pie and unbelievable specs at an mouthwatering price tag .

  1. Sounds like the major benefits to flexible OLED is an “unbreakable” display and lower power consumption.

    • ArthurGuest 2 years ago

      Unfortunately with the advent of this type of display, it will have to be some lightweight pliable plastic which will inherently feel much cheaper than the Gorilla Glass displays we have gotten used to over the past couple of years.

      But as with many things, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

  2. Flexible screen will be great on a smart watch. A large portion, if not all of the wrist band can be the screen with scrolling notifications etc. That’s a smart watch I’ll buy.

  3. would be nice if the Nexus phones are at the forefront of tech once again and showcase this with the (LG Nexus 4 -2013//LG Nexus 5) . keeping my hopes in check for now.

  4. As a start to flexible displays I like what Samsung did at CES. Simple change but could be very useful. They say these are unbreakable but do they scratch easily and do still allow the same screen viewing quality and angles that glass does?

  5. I’d love to see the top inch or two of screen wrap around to the back of the phone and on each side. I could see this having some useful benefits and some not so useful but “cool” implementations.

  6. Anekait KariyaGuest 2 years ago

    Boss i think it will be the nexus 5 (by LG ) to be the first ever phone to have flexible screen with the Powerfully packed Key lime pie and unbelievable specs at an mouthwatering price tag .