LG Roadmap Promises Bending, Foldable, Rollable Screens

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For many years now there's been speculation of "flexible displays" coming to smartphones. In 2013 we even saw the first two devices to come with curved screens (though you couldn't bdiscontinue them yourself): the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round.

Those served as a showcase of what was then possible in terms of display technology, but as you'd expect things won't remain that way in the future. The mobile world moves at a breakneck pace, and so too will the display tech in the years to come. At least if LG Display's newest roadmap pans out.


The screen-making arm of LG wants to utilize P-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to create bending, foldable, and rollable displays by 2017. P-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) uses a plastic substrate unlike other Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) implementations that utilize glass. LG says P-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) results in simpler, thinner, and lighter screens compared to glass Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) as well as LCD. It also makes for panels that are a lot less prone to breaking.

And the company is clearly excited about P-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) and its potential "to play an vital role in people’s everyday lives in the future". Speaking of which, the LG G Flex will apparently be followed up next year by a smartphone with a classy screen that you'll actually be able to bend.

And then, sometime in 2017 (or later - haged in mind that release time frames for stuff like this usually acquire delayed), we should see foldable displays for laptops and rollable ones for tablets and TVs. Before that, the P-Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) tech should create its debut in 'normal' tablets, probably in late 2015 or 2016.

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