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LG and Lenovo reportedly working on secret tablet with a 13-inch foldable display

LG Display is said to be working to supply the panels for the giant foldable tablet as soon as next year.

Published onOctober 16, 2018

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  • LG Display is reportedly working on a 13-inch foldable display for use in a Lenovo tablet.
  • The company is thought to be aiming to supply the panel to Lenovo in the second half of next year.
  • While we have heard plenty about foldable phones, this is the first we have heard about a foldable tablet.

LG Display is reportedly working with Lenovo on a tablet that will have a 13-inch foldable display. According to ETNews, LG Display will supply the tablet’s panel, while Lenovo will manufacture the device.

The publication quotes an industry insider as saying that LG Display has signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Lenovo and has officially started the project. It plans to supply the foldable display to Lenovo in the second half of next year, according to the source. The display will reportedly be an OLED panel that folds in half.

Anyone following the development of foldable displays will be aware that this is the first time we have heard of such a device being developed. Both Samsung and Huawei are reportedly working on foldable phones that can be used as small tablets when unfolded. However, these devices are expected to have displays that are around seven or eight inches — only slightly larger than the current generation of phablets.

Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a foldable Surface device. Although, images appeared to suggest this product would be made of two separate screens, not one that folds in half. There is also some confusion about whether or not the project will ever see the light of day.

Flexible OLED displays: A gorgeous waste

A 13-inch foldable display, therefore, is on another level entirely. While a 13-inch display that folds in half will likely be much more portable than a 13-inch device that doesn’t, it probably won’t be small enough to be carried around as a phone. This would put the product firmly in the tablet category.

However, ETNews says that this is where LG Display sees the future of foldable displays. As well as Lenovo, the publication reports that it has attempted to garner interest in its 13-inch panels from Dell and LG Electronics.

Next up: Samsung foldable phone: All the rumors in one place

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