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LG reportedly getting ready to mass-produce foldable displays for an unnamed partner

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LG reportedly getting ready to mass-produce foldable displays for an unnamed partner

According to a recent report from South Korea, LG's Display division is getting ready to mass-produce displays that can be folded up to 100,000 times with no physical damage. Unlike Samsung, which is the other tech giant that's actively looking into foldable displays, the report says that LG will not make use of these foldable displays in one of its own smartphones. Instead, the LG is said to provide foldable display panels for another company.

Although the report does not specifically mention the name of this mysterious partner, it does say that it's a global software business with ambitions to compete against Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market. From the looks of it, this partner is not lacking financial resources, as the report also says that LG will split the investment costs, said to rise to hundreds of millions of US dollars, with this unnamed partner. LG is rumored to manufacture these foldable panels at its facility in Gumi, Kyeongbuk.

Microsoft, as the largest software company on the globe by market cap, seems to be our best guess, especially with Windows 10 Mobile right around the corner, although nothing can be confirmed at this point.

Interestingly, the report also notes that LG's partner has also sampled foldable displays from Samsung, but have ultimately decided to go with LG's offering. Just a few days ago, we told you that the first Samsung smartphone with a foldable display might be launched as early as this January.

If it's starting to look like foldable displays will gain significant importance in the near future, you're not alone. According to market research results from HIS, foldable displays will amount to about a quarter of all flexible display sales in 2016. In 2020, that figure is said to cross the 50% line.

What do you guys think? Are foldable smartphones going to take off in 2016?

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posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:34 6

1. eman99 (Posts: 360; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


for samsung i bet

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:49 6

10. Subie (Posts: 543; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


The article says it's for a company looking to compete against Samsung and Apple.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:58 3

14. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


My guess - xiaomi

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 03:17

23. savagx (Posts: 17; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)


Good guess, xiaomi new flagishp mi5 will probably have bended screen.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:46

27. BORIS070 (banned) (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


chinese crash

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 06:29

26. yann (Posts: 183; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


It is NOKIA.
They said that must split investments - Microsoft have enough money and do not need to split with LG. NOKIA from other side is not willing to invest too much. They had such ideas 10 years ago. Prototypes etc.
It is my best guess. Nothing more.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 09:06

29. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


samsung has a display division.....why would it need lg ??

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 10:06

30. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Manufacturing capacity and cost, just because you can make it doesn't you can do it cheaper.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:40

2. Landon (Posts: 428; Member since: 07 May 2015)


I doubt it will take off that much in 2016 but I hope I'm wrong!

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:43 1

3. Iodine (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Deffinitelly Apple for their Apple watch.

It's the only mass produced device which uses custom flexible oleds build by LG, because flexing supposedly enables Force touch.
Apple is investing a lot into displays, maybe it's for the next generation of Apple Watch.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:09 7

5. marorun (Posts: 3393; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Sure its for a watch.. do you bend your watch?

Did you see the news? Samsung is making a smart flip phone with a screen thats bend exactly in the middle.

wake up there is more than Apple on this planet!

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:53 1

12. kajam (Posts: 203; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


LMAO i couldn't believe what he just wrote starting with Deffinitelly

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 20:14 2

19. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


curved screen is enough for a watch..

maybe samsung is the one who need bendable screen (since they cant make bendable superamoled yet)

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 21:20

20. 7a6d3e7 (Posts: 22; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


Agree.. If I were a designer I d pick a curved display that would allow me to use strong gorilla glass for protection. LG and Samsung have probably come up with a neat solution for this problem. Other than glass protection the other problem I see is stiffness when using touch (assuming they are big panels)

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 23:47

21. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 520; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


No need for strong glass , when the glass itself bends. No real fear of damage.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 07:47

28. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


uhh? Hard impacts and scratchs? Maybe?

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 18:26

33. kajam (Posts: 203; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


there is no such bendable glass

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:13 5

6. gersont1000 (Posts: 299; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


The article clearly states "business with ambitions to compete against Samsung and Apple". So NO, it's not Apple.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:24

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2212; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Well drinking the Kool-Aid can have some bad effects.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:28 7

8. Man_Utd (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


Apple doesn't innovate anymore, hardware-wise. What they do is wait for a technology to mature, then jump onboard.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 18:31 4

18. ameran (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


I have been saying this for years. You are exactly right. Apple always adopts the technology from others, calls it with a fancy name, and then introduces it as new Apple revolution.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 14:51 2

4. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Intel or Microsoft.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:52

11. Subie (Posts: 543; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Is Intel a global software business? Google would make more sense.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 17:21 2

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sort of. Tizen. lol

Okay my mistake, definitely not intel. I had an ifan moment there.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:36

9. DmitrLP (Posts: 291; Member since: 18 Sep 2015)


Don't really care for foldables, just want a really good phone that can browse, call and obey me. .

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 15:56

13. kajam (Posts: 203; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


take off the last option you asked for and the answer will be ipohne

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 17:07

15. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Why dont they use it for themselves?Lg needs innovation in design

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 05:11

24. An.Awesome.Guy (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 Jan 2015)


Let us say that Microsoft is the company that would buy these stuff.
MS may risk and pay 500 million dollar easily for a new Surface or new tech for their Windows devices and then LG would take $500 million without loosing money.
On the other hand it is too much money for LG and if people didn't trust and didn't like these devices ,then it would be a big lost for them in which that may force them to leave the business of foldable devices .
TL;DR : It is too risky for LG to spend these money and much safer to give it to others.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 18:22

17. cleatglitch (Posts: 68; Member since: 25 May 2013)


i'm all inn

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 01:44

22. Genza (Posts: 537; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Foldable smartphone no thanks i prefer the conventional form factor than Curved, Edge or even foldable smartphones.

But i'll buy foldable or even rollable tablet & TV with full blown Windows OS.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 06:21

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 10461; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Definitely think this will be for Microsoft. With Windows 10 f Mobile right around the corner, they will be looking to do everything possible to heavily compete with Google/Android and Apple/iOS.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 12:45

31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hmm, I wonder what would be the ideal size... You don't want it too thick. I am guessing probably a 3.5 display sized phone that folds out into a phablet size?

So fold a Note 5 or GS6 edge plus in half or something like that. That would be a great size actually.

And I guess the phablet fans want a phablet size that can fold out into a 10 inch tablet. I don't think that math works though because 10 inch diagonal is huge. Might have to fold 3 times for that.

posted on 19 Sep 2015, 13:43

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


A trifold wp10 surface phone would be pretty pimp actually. When fully folded it is a super brick Nokia WP10 phone. Unfold it once and its a regular 7 inch windows tablet in live tile mode. Fully unfold it and it is an ultra thin 10 inch windows laptop/tablet hybrid in desktop mode.

Throw one of those rollable LG keyboards in the glove box of your car and boom. Desktop everywhere. lol

posted on 20 Sep 2015, 19:07

34. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Maybe nokia

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