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Samsung and LG to use metal mesh touch panels for cheaper flexible displays and stylus sans digitizer

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LG Innotek Metal Mesh touch panel

LG Innotek Metal Mesh touch panel


Samsung is prepping to replace the indium tin oxide touch panels with metal mesh ones, Korean media is reporting. Not only will this make them cheaper to produce, but also help with the supply and demand issues of high-res tablet panels and, eventually, smartphones.

Furthermore, with the metal mesh displays, Samsung will also be laying the groundwork for flexible display panels to become more prolific in the future, as those can bend, and also pave the way for pen stylus that doesn't need a digitizer embedded in the touchscreen, which would certainly find its way into the Note device line.

By replacing the rare indium in touchscreens with the metal mesh, which is basically a grid patterned on the display, and coated with the much more widespread silver or copper, Samsung is planning to lower production prices 20 to 30% on those panels, too, but whether or not this will lead to cheaper tablets or phones, remains to be seen. For now, we are fine with the switch opening the door to flexible screens and digitizer-less devices with stylus functionality.

LG Innotek also demonstrated Metal Mesh touch panels last month, which cost a third of the traditional ones using indium, have much less bezel and 30% more touch sensitivity than the ones used now, so the Koreans seem to be again at the forefront of mobile screen technology.

source: ETNews via G4Games & KoreaHerald

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posted on 04 Dec 2013, 05:44 4

1. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


I doubt it would mean cheaper devices for consumers,
for me it only spells more income for the manufacturer.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:51 5

2. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Of course , everything only increases ..nothing gets lower.
the only thing lowering in my country is call rate , nothing else .

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:55 1

4. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Cut cost of screen so they can use higher storage and make the same profit?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 10:00 1

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


We are all exploited by the corporate world.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 06:54 1

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2624; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Are they durable? Costs would be reduced then.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 08:18 2

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Damn Asians at it again. Their parents must be proud

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 09:04

6. tedkord (Posts: 4732; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


At what again? Innovating?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 05:34

8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Honestly I don't know where I was going with that joke, but they do make amazing innovations

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 03:19

9. taikucing (unregistered)


Actually it's only east Asian people. The rest part of Asian suck. I'm not racist, coz I'm Asian too.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 06:38

10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I'm Asian too (well, Southeast Asia), and I fully agree with you. It could be because we are insanely religious and/or superstitious

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