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.