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


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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10 Comments

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Damn Asians at it again. Their parents must be proud

6. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

At what again? Innovating?

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

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.

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 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

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Are they durable? Costs would be reduced then.

1. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

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

2. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

We are all exploited by the corporate world.

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