LG To Unveil Flexible OLED Smartphone
May 20, 2013

LG To Unveil Flexible OLED Smartphone

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

At this week´s Display Week 2013 conference being held in Vancouver, attendees will get to see something quite flexible. LG Display announced that it will demonstrate a new, flexible smartphone panel that is apparently unbreakable as well, and the handset maker will present it at the Society for Information Display´s (SID) annual exhibition.

The device utilizes OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology that promises to be thinner, lighter and, most notably, more flexible than conventional LCD displays.

This follows last month´s announcement by LG that it would begin accepting pre-orders for its new 55-inch Curved OLED TV, Model 55EA9800. To date LG is the only company to introduce a curved OLED HDTV set.

LG is also in third place in the global smartphone race for the first quarter of this year, after South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.

“Recent trends indicate that the small- and medium-sized display market is moving toward high resolution and low power consumption, and the large panel market to OLED and Ultra HD,” Yeo Sang-Deok, LG Display´s chief technology officer, said in a statement as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

He added that LG Display is looking to meet the “rapid need for display advancements.” This comes as analysts have predicted that “bendable” and “rollable” screens could be the next innovation in display technology.

At this year´s CES 2013 -- formerly the Consumer Electronics Show -- in January, Samsung also introduced its own flexible display technology, which it called Youm. Samsung had been making the shift from glass to plastic displays since last year, while the flexible display was first on display at CES 2011.

Introduced at CES 2013, the Youm technology was developed to allow the company´s partners to make bendable, rollable and even foldable displays.

LG´s flexible OLED-equipped smartphone could even arrive later this year. Yoon Bu-hyun, vice president of mobile at LG, revealed last month that the company looks to introduce a device in the fourth quarter.

Mobile handset OLED technology is not the only display innovation that the South Korean company plans to introduce in the near future.

At Display Week 2013, G Display will also reportedly introduce five-inch and seven-inch HD LCD panels that are based on Oxide TFT, which is seen as the next generation TFT technology. This offers high transparency along with low power consumption for displays. The five-inch HD panel will feature a 1.0mm bezel that could pave the way for borderless smartphones that are lightweight and emit less heat; while the seven-inch HD LCD panels that LG will unveil will reportedly be equipped with touch function-embedded technology.

The company will also unveil a 14-inch 2560x1440-pixel laptop panel, along with LCDs designed for use in refrigerators and automotive dashboards.

“Recent trends indicate that the small- and medium-sized display market is moving towards high resolution and low power consumption, and the large panel market to OLED and Ultra HD,” Dr. Sang-Deok Yeo, CTO and executive vice president of LG Display said in a statement. “With the resulting rapid need for new display advancements, LG Display, at the forefront of these trends, is well positioned to lead the market with its differentiated and cutting-edge technologies.”