In what could be considered a first
step of many towards fully-flexible smartphones, LG Display has
announced that it will begin mass producing a line of OLED-based
flexible displays starting the fourth quarter of this year. The
screens will be produced at LG Display's South Korean facility, made
using its “4.5th generation glass-cutting technology”
with monthly output set to “12,000 sheets”.
LG also demoed a 5" flexible panel at the SID Display Week tradeshow last month.
There is not much more information
available, but the panels will probably initially cater to devices
with 5” screens and smaller, with pixel resolutions of up to Full
HD (1920x1080). Predictably enough, LG Electronics, a stakeholder in
LG Display, is planning to put out a new smartphone with the flexible
screen technology, also later this year. LG Display plans to
provide panels to other major manufacturers, as well, forecasting that
flexible screens will shape up the next mobile fad.
Now, as hinted at the beginning of this
article, it is not reasonable to think that these flexible displays
will instantly allow paper-like smart-devices, as batteries, chips,
and circuit boards will also need to be made flexible, or just
smaller. That kind of reality is still some years away, but until
then we'll need to be content with the smart-watches and devices with slightly
curved screens that will more likely be made with LG
Display's new technology.