LG to manufacture flexible displays this year, first device in development

June 19, 2013
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LG is gearing up to mass manufacture flexible OLED displays by the end of the year, a company spokesman told The Korea Times.

According to LG’s Frank Lee, the company will start manufacturing a flexible smartphone panel (probably the same one that LG demonstrated last month) in the last quarter of 2013. The statement contradicts what LG’s VP in Europe recently said about the flexible display technology not being mature enough to make it to the market.

LG is likely to beat its major competitor Samsung, when it comes to releasing the first smartphone featuring a flexible display. You might remember that Samsung showed a flexible display smartphone at CES 2013.

Lee added that production of flexible displays will take place on LG’s E2 line at the Korean company’s Paju complex, using a “4.5th generation glass-cutting technology for the OLED flexible displays.”

LG Display doesn’t plan to make flexible displays for LG Electronics exclusively; other smartphone makers will also be able to buy them from LG, the same report says.

It will be interesting to see how the first devices equipped with flexibles display will look, and how they will compare with conventional glass-based panels in terms of quality. However, the fact that the wait has been reduced to just a few months is exciting.

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