LG has announced it will start producing phones with “flexible” screens that are “unbreakable” in what could be herald another innovation advancement for smartphones, and help solve the frustration caused by cracked and broken screens.
The LG Display division of the company said it would start mass production of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel from Monday. The panel works by using plastic substrates instead of glass, LG said, which, when used with “encapsulation technologies” makes devices “bendable and unbreakable”.
The display will be vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, and will be 0.44mm thin. It will weigh 7.2g and could be used on screens of up to 6in.
Chief technology officer of LG Display Sang Deog Yeo said the innovation could lead to some radical changes in the smartphone market.
“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,” he said.
He added that LG hoped to be the first to market with devices that take advantage of the technology.
“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," he said.
While it may be a little while before device manufacturers start incorporating the screens into their devices, there is clearly potential for new and innovative designs that could prove popular in the market.
Samsung has also announced its intention to develop flexible phone screens, as hardware manufacturers rush to develop the next set of innovations to entice consumers to their products.
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