Flexible displays: LG Z, Galaxy Note 3 Active to be the first, reports indicate

by: Chris SmithOctober 2, 2013

lg flexible display oled Credit: Yonhap

New reports from South Korean media indicate that the first Android smartphones to feature a flexible display will be the LG Z and a special Galaxy Note 3 Active version.

These devices will be unveiled in the coming weeks, and it’ll be interesting to see whether LG or Samsung will become the first company in the world to use such a display for a mobile device.

DDaily says that Samsung will beat LG when it comes to announcing a flexible display smartphone, with a special Galaxy Note 3 Active announcement planned for next week. The news comes directly from Samsung, which spilled the beans on this Galaxy Note 3 model during an interview with reporters discussing the company’s Q3 2013 financial results. Other details about the handset were not provided.

But the LG Z or Z1, as it’s called by ZDNet Korea, will also become official this month.

The publication has more details about the device, which is said to have a banana-like fixed shape (see concept image below). The display will be bendable to some extent, but the curvature will be permanent if this report is to be believed.

LG Z Concept ZDNet Korea

The curved display will apparently be better suited for enjoying movies and games, and the curvature of the display will fit the form of the face during phone calls.

Interestingly though, it’s only the display that will be slightly flexible, as internal components such as the battery are apparently not designed to be bent.

The LG Z is said to have a 6-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and LTE-A support.

Obviously one of the other expected benefits of such phones would be increased durability, so we’re certainly looking forward to see whether flexible displays will increase a phone’s impact resistance, or whether the race to launch such devices is just another “marketing gimmick” for now.

We’ll be back with more official details about these rumored LG Z and Galaxy Note 3 Active models in the coming days, as we’ll be looking forward to see these two giants announce their first handsets with flexible displays.

  • Yama

    curved hype…exactly like the 3d hype for some years ago. It will flop!

    For idiots believing that flecible displays wont break if fallen o the round, your brains are as big as a monkey. It wont break if preassure is on it, but if it falls to the ground it will break as easy as a normal todays glass on smartphones.

    • feeres

      3d didn’t actually die. it has just become a standard feature for high end tvs these days so it’s not being aggressively marketed.

      • tomn1ce

        I think he was referring to 3D on smart phones….

    • banana

      looks like you’re the one that idiot.
      you didn’t seem to grasp flexible display concept pretty well.. *sigh*

    • MasterMuffin

      if someone’s brain is as big as a monkey, that means that his/her brains are big…

    • Xenomorph Predator

      Why are you talking about 3D from years ago, when this curved display is 2013/2014? Since Avatar 3D is phenomenal! The flexi-screen technology is “Avatar 3D” for displays and it is good to go.

  • Yama

    btw my shit is green today, if someone wanted to know.

    • iamnotfan

      Coincident , mine 2

  • I just have a hard time believing all this even though it looks to be reality. A banana phone…

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      How does THAT play in pants pocket. lol

      • jj

        you can say its not my phone I really am excited to see you

      • Xenomorph Predator

        Twenty orgasm per day means a lot of laundry when you get home. Best to wear an apron outside your house.

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Z? Like how Sony managed to use the letter Z for flagship? I also like to see Xperia G for that change.

    • MasterMuffin

      Xperia G2 is going to be their next flagship (maybe it willl have tiny bezels!)

  • Sky Baun

    Texting looks like a pain in the ass

  • feeres

    lg really like to copy other companies. now, it’s sony’s name it’s trying to copy. z1 iis still an ugly name though

    • tomn1ce

      I was thinking the same thing why would they name this device LG Z1. Maybe they’re trying to confuse people.

    • MasterMuffin

      it’s probably a code name

    • Gilles LeBlanc

      Yea I would still want one though. It would replace the Mega 6.3 I just bought.

  • Roberto Tomás

    flexibility is overrated. Id rather they made a cheap phone with that display tech, than a phone that only bends 10-20º — or else make it bend significantly, so you can have a phone that extends to the size of a tablet.

    • I have no doubt that the technology will advance to having significant bend capability. Advancements are usually incremental. Give it a few years. What i can see this leading too immediately is a wrist device, or other wearable tech that contours the body instead of the current small screen tiles on rubber straps. A screen that wraps halfway around your wrist, or even a forearm sleeve(that would be cool IMO) I can’t think of a specific movie/show to describe the forearm thing I’m thinking of but its not uncommon in SciFi so you probably know what I’m referring to… Think quarterback play card holder but with an active display and touch.

      Pretty cool stuff with a lot of potential. Hopefully the 2 display giants can make it useful before apple steals credit.

  • Nathan Powell

    Cue banana phone puns…

  • raj

    great innovation

  • Asif Usman

    This News is Nothing new bcuz there are already Flexible LED Tv’s relased by Samsung and LG, So This phones will just the Same Technology Flexible Screen which they have used in their Led Tvs.