LG announces the world’s first flexible OLED display for smartphones. No word on the G Flex
Although Samsung may announce its first smartphone to feature a flexible display this week, it’s LG who’s starting “mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones.” The company unveiled this today, unfortunately in a press release that doesn’t provide exact details regarding its first device to use the new flexible panel.
Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display, said that the company’s “goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year.” Does this mean that the rumored Android-based LG G Flex won’t be released before the end of 2013? We don’t know.
What we do know is that LG’s flexible OLED panel is 0.44mm thin, is “vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm”, it’s built on plastic substrates (not on glass), and weighs 7.2 grams “even with a 6-inch screen.”
(possible LG G Flex sketch)
According to previously leaked info, the G Flex smartphone should feature a 6 inch flexible display – so LG’s announcement from today doesn’t invalidate its existence. But it doesn’t confirm it either. Not yet.
We’ll bring more on this as soon as new details are available.
Update: Reuters reports that LG’s first flexible display smartphone will be out in November. It remains to be seen if it’s going to be called G Flex or not.
Via LG Display