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LG Confirms Flexible OLED Before End of 2013

Flexible screens sounds like something from the future, but according to LG, the future will be in mass production and in mobile phones before the end of this year. The company had previously confirmed that it will start mass production of the flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) screens back in April, but now it has upped the ante and decided to predict a fully functional mobile device with the screen as well.

The screens are being produced in the company's South Korean display complex, located in Paju. While it has already shipped samples to other companies, including the LG Electronics branch, full production is only expected to start in Q4 this year, with an expected rate of 12,000 screens per month.

There have been no further hints towards the actual phone, but we are expecting some interesting developments. Flexible screens, while being an incredible technological advancement, don't seem to be the most useful thing ever on a smartphone, so we are hopeful that the company will pull off something amazing that highlights their uses.

  • eklipz330
    throw some flexible pcb and flexible rubber in there, and you got yourself a solidly-flexible phone! i think if they brought it to market first, apple would evaporate.
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  • eklipz330
    throw some flexible pcb and flexible rubber in there, and you got yourself a solidly-flexible phone! i think if they brought it to market first, apple would evaporate.
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  • ingtar33
    looks like a product without a market. sorta like the see through screens. i can see the see-through screens being used in new versions of google glass... but this? the basic problem with this product is the battery. it demands a rigid phone design. Unless they develop a flexible battery, this will remain a product without a market...

    maybe in laptops...
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  • Blessedman
    You guys are missing an obvious use and that would be a roll out screen. a phone the size of a small flashlight that can unroll into a much larger screened phone.
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  • Cons29
    i think i saw some news about some flexible battery, it was film like i think
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  • kitsunestarwind
    Flexible screen is less likely to shatter upon impact as well
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  • altriss
    @cons29
    yes the flexibal battery was presented 8 months ago in the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    By the way,the flexible screen is teased by Samsung for over a year now, I am still wainting for it. So I will wait to see the first consumer-released screen before applauding anyone.

    And I don't think it would be very usefull on a smartphone, except it can make the screen more resilient to falls. However I think it can be very great for some HUD application, in motbike helmet for exemple, or in wearable tools, such as Watches or any smart clothe.
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  • catswold
    I want one . . . 5760 X 1200 . . . about 6-7 feet long. Seamless surround video. I think it would be the cat's meow for gaming on 3 screens.
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  • leeashton
    @altriss samsung has a production problem with thier screen and besides sammy screen is ONLY black and white
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  • leeashton
    this WILL be used in phones, no more cracked screen this is the main premise for the screen, really are you guys to f**ken stupid to notice this!
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