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LG to make flexible OLED displays for use in mobile devices too, says they'll be "unbreakable"

LG to make flexible OLED displays for use in mobile devices too, says they'll be
Armed with industrial espionage knowledge from disgruntled Samsung employees passed for promotion, LG is planning to deliver flexible mobile displays of its own to grace mobile devices.

We kid, but LG is indeed prepping a 3.5-Gen OLED plant to go into production of displays with plastic substrates, aka flexible OLEDs. Now, if you read our interview with Michael G. Helander straight from the research lab, he says the biggest advantage is that such screens will be thinner, more durable, and less prone to impact than the current ones with glass substrates, rather than the whole "bending like Gumby" thing we envision for phones with them.

LG's $176 million line will be using Joosung and Avaco as suppliers for the encapsulation equipment, and says we will see these displays used in future "unbreakable" mobile devices, after the line becomes operational at the end of this year.

source: OLED-info

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27 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Samsung is going to sue the flying ass meat out of LG!!!! And this is a legit pursuit for government intervention.

2. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Samsung and LG are both supported by the Korean government, so, this is unlikely

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there is a high amount of espionage at samsung's plants from other manufacturers. I would probably put this firmly under "stolen tech". Im sure samsung's lawyers are looking into any similarities for potential lawsuits. I doubt this is the last we will hear of it.

21. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i'm 99% sure that it won't happen. of course it might but chances are slim. the Korean government won't allow it because LG and Samsung are one of the most reputable names from Korea. Both companies also make Korea look like a very technologically advanced country and have helped Korea with loads of investments and money. if both companies start suing each other, business wise, for Korea it wouldn't be good. besides, a lot of people have invested in LG and Samsung because of their good relationship with each other and because pf the Korean government's massive support for both companies. also, LG and Samsung are known to help each other out quite a bit, so chances of a law suit are actually quite slim

24. Rangers

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

LG and Samsung have not helped each other out. I guess you have no idea of the relationship between LG and Samsung.

27. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i guess you dont live in Asia

6. simon1

Posts: 5; Member since: May 10, 2012

LG is trying hard to this industry again. It's a really nice idea. Even recently they launched Optimus LTE 2 -http://goo.gl/9E9uj . Can you believe its having 2GB of RAM.

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Now we can be sure who is the culprit stealing Samsung's OLED technology.

11. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

19. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

it did say LG use a different production method. so LG dint steal

4. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Now we are sure LG have been innovating and Samsung showing off everything to make it theirs entirely.

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

well, can't say LG is copying Samsung but I guess everyone takes the same steps in evolution. i agree that we shouldn't be expecting bending phones, rather we should be expecting unbreakable displays.

12. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

That's not copying. That's stealing.

16. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i'm sure LG is also innovating, especially when they to attack Samsung's Pentile Displays. LG's a great company, their execution just... fails.

17. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Did you read it?http://www.fellowgeek.com/a-Samsungs-AMOLED-Tech-was-Tempting-Enough-to-Steal-ix1969.html How can LG immediately get 55 inch OLED screen and the same "unbreakable" flexible OLED as Samsung?

20. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

can YOU read?! the article states that LG uses a DIFFERENT method. this is the paragraph from THAT article you posted: ''LG might have come by their tech legitimately, however. Despite the theft, LG’s tech does have a different technological base than Samsung’s. It might be that LG managed to miraculously close the technological gap that Samsung created.''

7. a1000smiles4u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

a mobile to have flexible display means its should have other hardware parts flexible too.... not seeing it any sooner than 2014 end

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is the future...

9. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

A LG phone that won't break... I'm not so sure thats a good thing.

10. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Durability over flexibility. I like that. I don't need a rubber phone.

14. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Great, something that will surpass Nokia's Indestructi-phone.

15. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Lg is kicking some serious ass these days. Wish they could follow this path even on updating phones:-(

18. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

then i guess we can use this phone as a paddle

22. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

im just going to say what i have been saying, Samsung will be king or OLED tech and LG will be king of IPS LCD, and i dont think that is going to change anytime soon. both companies might take tries at at creating an OLED/IPS screen but LG's OLED will never be as good as Samsung's and Samsung's IPS will never be as good as LG's. still you cant blame them for trying

23. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Unbreakable, yes? If they need a test, I am sure my 5 year old son can be enlisted. He regularly destroys steel ballbearings and trains.

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

who cares Apple will pay millions for a technology like that so LG or Samsung devices will never have it...

26. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

for once you are right, instead of innovating themselves they will just buy it and call it theirs...REVOLUTIONARY

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