The Latest in Flexible Screens

The South Korean phone maker LG has announced that it will begin the sales of it’s flexible screens for smartphones and tablets. The six inch display is made of bendy plastic substrates, not glass, and the panel can be attached to any curved device.

Although LG’s rival Samsung has also announced plans of its own flexible display, LG is far ahead of the company in making the technology available to customers. Called the G Flex phone, this should be a real innovation to the cell phone market.

While the screen will be bendy, the handset will not be, but the use of a flexible screen could mean it has a more curved display than with current phones. Samsung’s Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones have slightly curved OLED screens, but they both use curved glass instead of flexible plastic. The first truly curved devices may not become available until sometime later this year.

The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is posed to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. LG’s goal was to take an early lead in the flexible display market with this prototype, with enhanced performance and a differentiated design.

The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. The design is made of 0.44mm thin plastic and has a protective film attached to its back, which makes it bendable and unbreakable.

LG claims that the flexible OLED panel is the ‘world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels.’ The company’s new battery technology is so bendy it can be tied in knots, which could result in its revolutionizing the smartphone industry.

It is unsure how much the 6-inch display or the G Flex phone will cost, but the technology is expected to come at a premium.

LG Chem’s cable-type lithium-ion battery can even woven into textiles. This means the technology could also be fitted to clothes, and users could end up ‘wearing’ phone chargers.

Can’t you just imagine what this will do to the fashion industry?

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