LG tipped prepping foldable phones with flexible displays for next year, too

LG tipped prepping foldable phones with flexible displays for next year, too
Not to be outdone by the big bro across the river, LG is on the cusp of commercializing devices with flexible displays like folding phones. It is no stranger to proof-of-concept handsets, like the G Flex line which uses plastic, instead of glass substrate for its OLED displays, so it comes slightly curved top to bottom. The company also makes the OLED panel for the Apple Watch with more than $1 billion invested in flexible display production so far, but it is apparently ready to take things to a whole new level.

It has reportedly started to equip one of its display factory facilities in Gumi with tools for producing a 6th-gen OLED flexible displays in mass quantities, and has moved the foldable phones project from the R&D to the development department in the company. Moreover, there are contracts signed with IGNIS Innovation, a Canadian company that can make flexible display circuitry. 

In fact, the CEO of IGNIS has already chimed in an interview before that "People are going to witness foldable smartphones that can become tablets when they are spread open within couple years." An industry source has also confirmed that the LG panels with plastic substrate "can be folded inside or outside.” LG is apparently reading to fire up on all cylinders in the first half of next year, right when Samsung is rumored to come up with its Project Valley foldable devices, so we can't wait to see what will MWC 2017 bring. The more competition in that realm, the better for us.

source: ETNews

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7 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2667; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, I'll see when I'll see... Let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we...? It's pretty much unknown at the moment as to how much they'd cost, how many times they can be folded; unfolded without breaking them apart, and how resistant are they to regular wear and tear compared to regular 'outdated' displays... No information regarding the touch precision, extreme temperature resistance (Around here, Temperature can get up to 50 Degrees, pretty toasty) and so many other things... So... I'd rather hold my thought, at least for now... G'Day!

4. Landon

Posts: 1219; Member since: May 07, 2015

One day they'll incorporate graphene into these and truly make them revolutionary. http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/09/first-flexible-graphene-display-paves-way-folding-electronics

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And the price tag? An arm and a leg! :D

7. Landon

Posts: 1219; Member since: May 07, 2015

Initially, yes. But like everything else in the tech industry, it will get cheaper and more efficient to produce over time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cDh4B6knKw

6. Fona13A unregistered

Smart consumers already know that early examples of this wouldn't be as refined. Actually, that should be common sense...

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Go LG go!!

3. surethom

Posts: 1535; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

All we need now is a flexible PCB & flexible graphine batteries for true fordable device.

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