Inside LG's 6" flexible display: largest phone OLED panel will bring feathery devices

Inside LG's new 6" flexible display: thinnest, lightest, largest smartphone OLED panel
We don't know yet the exact curved panel specs of what Samsung will eventually be revealing later this week under the Galaxy Round trademark, but LG already showed its cards, announcing the world's first 6" flexible OLED display for commercial smartphone usage.

The company just sent us its details, and the specs are indeed breathtaking, who said that after 1080p mobile displays we couldn't get much more innovation in the field?

First off, the panel is made with a plastic, instead of a rigid glass substrate, meaning it is much less prone to braking, and can bend over backwards, literally. LG says it is concave from top to bottom, with 700mm radius, which opens a plethora of possibilities for phone designers in the first place. Not only that, but, as researcher Michael G. Helander, a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto, advised us in our interview with him:

LG's flexible display panel official specification confirm what Michael is saying above, as the 6" screen package is just 0.44mm thin, and, since it is built with plastic instead of glass, it is also incredibly light at only 7.2g for the whole thing. These specs would be record for a mobile display, if it wasn't for Samsung announcing its 5.7" bendable OLED minutes after LG, and theirs is just 0.12mm thin, and 5.2g light. Bummer, but we should note that what LG unveiled is also the largest phone OLED screen produced, with the closest being the 5.7" screen on the Note 3, so LG still gets to keep that record.

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LG doesn't mention other important aspects of the first 6" flexible display panel for mobile phones announced, such as resolution or brightness, so these might be nothing to write home about yet. What's most important, though, is the fact that this bendable OLED tech will allow for amazingly thin and light handset, which would on top of that be extra durable, compared to the current crop. 

Yields might not be enough at first, at both Samsung and LG, but we can't wait to see the first birds of the flexible display phones spring - LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round - to gauge what's in it for us in the not so distant future. The G Flex is expected next month, whereas the Galaxy Round should be unveiled as soon as this week.

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