Flexible Displays Ahoy! LG Set for Mass Production of Bending Screens

June 20, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Flexible glass and flexible screens are not new. Though we haven’t been able to lay our hands on them as yet, we have been hearing a lot about flexible displays in smartphones, as of late.

And now, the latest reports say that LG is all set to kick start mass production of flexible display panels, which promise not to break or even crack. If things go as per plan, by the fourth quarter of this year, LG will start shipping these displays.

According to the Korea Times, LG has completed the development of its first flexible displays and is now planning to mass produce them. The company has been looking to produce around 12,000 flexible display panels in one month. A 4.5th generation glass-cutting technology for its OLED flexible displays is to be thrown into the manufacturing process.


We just heard LG spokesman Frank adding that, in the near future, there would be a rapid need for flexible displays, and that’s why the company is planning to for mass production.

Tech giants like Samsung, Nokia, and Apple are also reportedly working on flexible smartphone displays, but none of them has confirmed anything on that.

Have a look at how Nokia would want to elaborate on that.

It is beyond doubt that flexible displays will be a new enhancement for future electronics devices and LG wants to be the first company to enter this new business arena. LG has also plans to introduce a flexible smartphone in this year.

Compared with normal LCD displays, the flexible display screen will be thinner, lighter, and more flexible. Reportedly, smartphones with flexible displays could curve as per a user’s body movements, so that it can comfortably fit in pockets.

However, the flexible displays have their own disadvantages too. Although flexible glass can withstand drop tests, they are not completely scratch proof devices. As in the case of normal smartphones in long term usage, they are also vulnerable to breaks.

Also, it might be possible that the first bending displays will be covered by plastic instead glass, because of its durability concerns.

Glass screens have their own advantages such as superior image quality and effective touchscreen properties. Also, glass is impermeable to elements such as oxygen and water, which can damage your smartphone.

The fact is that no one still has any idea about the internal components that would go into a flexible smartphone! No one knows about what kind of essential elements such as battery, processor and camera would be part of such devices.

Don’t you think the companies working on such devices would need to elaborate more on all these aspects?

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