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LG says that new form factors for smartphones not yet commercially viable

LG says that new form factors for smartphones not yet commercially viable
What does the near future hold for new and different form factors for smartphones? Not much, if you listen to LG's Director of Corporate Communication, Ken Hong. "I don’t think we can do much with form factor beyond this at this moment," the LG executive said. This comes less than three weeks after the curvy LG G Flex 2 was launched in South Korea.

Hong does have a valid point when he says that any smartphone manufacturer is limited by the parts available from its component suppliers. "The design of phones is restricted by the technology of our component suppliers, so now we can only do what they can create, and they can’t even do very many of the [G Flex 2]," Hong said. He doesn't expect too much innovation this year in terms of smartphone design, except for some new colors. He adds that in two or three years, we might see a phone "that bends to a greater degree."


Current technology does not give LG the opportunity to mass produce a smartphone with a new form factor in the numbers necessary to make it commercially viable. But as Hong points out, LG is such a large company with so many diverse operations, "we’re likely to come up with something cool to do before someone else does."

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6 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Finally someone said it. Once you reach the best design that is possible you cant do much about it. Thats why most companies keep the same design language

3. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

That's not what this article is about. It has nothing to do with reaching the "best design possible." It simply says that suppliers can't provide next gen technology fast enough for future designs to be mass produced. The tech is already here, but making 10 phones a day won't be profitable or at all viable.

4. Rydsmith unregistered

That's not what this article is about. It has nothing to do with reaching the "provide next gen technology fast enough for future designs to be mass produced." It simple says that the innovations and new technology is not commercially viable due to costs.

2. AdrianC

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

2 years ago, Samsung was rumored to have a folding screen in development. Maybe if and when this folding screen technology comes to fruition, it will open up different design and form factors for portable devices.

5. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Well if you want hardware tech there's always the two champion players. Samsung and Lg. Samsung has singlehandedly pushed smartphone hardware into the next level. Their flagship always ship with the best tech and hardware. Now I pray they downgrade on the software side since people aren't ready for their futuristic software ideas. Till Apple adopt those software ideas I don't see them becoming mainstream. Sad but that's how the industry works now. Anything software that doesn't come from Apple is not appreciated and hyped.

6. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Every time I hear someone say something like this there's someone who comes up and proves them wrong.

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