LG to show off 18-inch rollable newspaper display

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 4, 2016

LG flexible newspaper OLED display

LG Display is betting big on OLED and flexible displays for the future and the company is showcasing an 18-inch display prototype that you can bend and roll at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The idea has been in the concept stages for a while, but LG is finally ready to reveal it.

The rollable “newspaper” display is now a working prototype, but isn’t necessary how LG sees all future computing products. The company envisions that its flexible, bendable OLED technology will be used in future smartphones, tablets and TVs. We have already seen a little about what LG may have in mind with its curved LG Flex range of smartphones. A number of display manufacturers, including Samsung and Sharp, are working on similar bendable technologies.

Furthermore, LG is also planning to show off a 25-inch curved screen installed inside a car. This will be on display in its Auto Zone section at CES. LG also has a “paper thin” 55-inch TV to showcase, which houses its key electronic components in a separate body, along with the LG Gram, the world’s lightest 15-inch laptop.

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Towards the end of 2015, LG announced a number of substantial investments to boost its OLED and flexible display production capabilities. LG Display is to begin building a new plant in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, Korea at a total cost of KRW 10 trillion ($8.71 billion), and spent a further KRW 1.05 trillion ($0.91 billion) to build its 6th generation flexible OLED display production line.

We are bound to see much more from LG’s flexible displays in the coming months and years. Let’s hope that we see some of these interesting product ideas go from a prototype to reality too.

  • chillin2025

    Here we go again, new display tech. No actual products

  • robert fish

    The sooner we get rid of fragile glass,the better and more durable displays will be

  • saksham

    looks cool .. cant imagine how they make it a touch sensitive screen but i do hope that a well known OEM makes it first so that APPLE GOES DOWN THE DRAIN

    • Avieshek Rajkhowa

      And the well known OEM is.. Apple itself

      • saksham

        nope apple does not make most of the hardware in their crib . The most likely company to come with it is samsung or LG

        btw … by most i mean none

        • Avieshek Rajkhowa

          Ofcourse, other than LG, JDI & Samsung there’s no other. But Apple likely source from all of them thereby earning them money to bring the costs down and make it available for us as tvs, mid-range phones, monitors etc

          • saksham

            not gonna happen 100% no… i bet my head

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    Hope, they actually launch something buyable than keep showcasing in CES.

  • MB

    Will these new displays be scratch proof?

    • Roberto Tomás

      instead of glass the outer layer of the screen is plastic. That sorta makes it more resilient in some ways, but much less so in others.

  • Roberto Tomás

    this tech has was shown off as a “magnetic OLED wallpaper” television more than a year ago .. I was hoping to see an actual television (like ready to start mass production, and going on sale by the end of the year) sometime this year

  • Karly Johnston

    Just sell me a decent sized OLED tv for the same price as LCD… that is all i want.

  • Kunal Narang

    OLED and foldable displays are the future!

  • I thought we ‘folded’ newspapers and rolled ‘wallpapers’ – have I been doing it wrong this whole time?