When it comes to innovation in the fast growing smartphone market, usually most companies choose to make their devices faster, lighter, thinner; improve their cameras and/or and a bunch of other software features. We don’t see too many changes in the aspect field, this being especially true in Apple’s case, where by serious build improvements the company chooses to launch a polycarbonate iPhone and one gold-colored. While that works for millions of customers, as the sales numbers prove, some of use are looking for game-changing smartphones.
South Korean LG wants to be the company to make world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones with a planned smartphone launch for the next month. LG Electronics display unit said today that it will start mass production of curved smartphone displays after releasing world’s first 55-inch OLED TV display earlier this year. The launch of a curved display smartphone has also been rushed by the fact that Samsung also announce they are going to launch a similar handset in October.
LG to launch 6-inch G Flex smartphone with curved display
In the field of curved displays everybody is still a pioneer but this is definitely a technology that could impact and change the high-end smartphone market. Research firm IHS Display Bank estimates that the global flexible display industry will become a USD 1.5 billion market by 2016. LG Display wants to be amongst the first companies to release products with flexible display technologies. Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display said the following:
LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology. 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.
For its flexible OLED panels, LG won’t use glass, but plastic substrates, which should help them keep production costs down. The Soth Korean company has also shared some technical details about its flexible display panels. Here are some of their main features:
- Film-type encapsulation technology
- Display is vertically concave from top to bottom
- Radius of 700mm
- Only 0.44mm thin
- Only 7.2g weight
LG claims that its flexible display panels are the world’s thinnest and lighest, but Samsung says it can make the panel just 0.12 millimeters thin. Another difference between the two would be the curvature of the screens: Samsung claims to have a radius of 400 millimeters while LG’s panels are nearly double at 700 millimeters. But what is unclear at the moment is the utility and selling appeal of these handsets? Would you be interested in buying one?
According to most rumors, it seems that LG’s upcoming curved display smartphone could be called the LG G Flex. Even all this sounds exciting, it will be interesting to see how will consumers react.