Smartphones with flexible displays have been a hot topic recently and several major manufacturers are making plans to implement this technology in their mobile products. It is clear however, that LG is already past the planning stage. The company stated that it has completed the development of its first flexible screens and will be ready for mass production come the fourth quarter of 2013. The production will take place in Paju, South Korea. The line is expected to produce 12,000 sheets per month. LG will sell the technology to other companies.
First LG phones with flexible display…
The first smartphone packing a flexible screen could go on sale by the end of this year, as confirmed by LG in April. The company, however, remains silent on details such as resolution. It is also unclear how bendable actually the display will be. Certainly, you will not be able to roll it, since such technology would require other components like circuit board or battery to have similar characteristics and it is impossible to achieve at this point.
A flexible OLED panel that wraps around the phone’s sides makes much more sense. It would create a status and notification display which you could see without the need to take the phone out of its case or pocket. Such solution could also potentially contribute to saving power. OLED is capable of supporting individual portions of the display being powered up. It means that you would not have to activate the whole panel to see information that can be displayed on a small segment.
source: Korea Times