LG's making curved, 'bendable and unbreakable' smartphone displays

Move over, Samsung: LG's making a curved smartphone display, too.

Not to be outdone by Samsung, LG says it's ready to mass produce its first flexible OLED display panel for smartphones.

LG claims that its flexible panel is "vertically concave from top to bottom," curving on a 700 mm radius. In other words, it would only form a full circle if the screen was about 14.5 feet long. For a six-inch display, that translates to about 0.16 inches of concavity at the top of the arc.

The panel is also among the world's slimmest and lightest, LG claims, measuring 0.44 mm thick and weighing 7.6 grams with a 6-inch panel.

LG hasn't said when the mass-produced panels will start appearing in smartphones, but Reuters reports that LG will launch its own curved display smartphone in November. The phone may be known as the G Flex, and would have a 6-inch display according to CNET, but no other details are available.

The strategy sounds similar to that of Samsung, which will reportedly launch a limited edition Galaxy Note with a curved display later this month. Samsung hasn't announced any mass production plans, but has been quite vocal about its goal of producing curved displays.

Go away, glass

Both companies are using plastic instead of glass in their displays. This should allow them to get to market earlier, given that flexible glass displays may still be years away. However, LG and Samsung differ in the direction of their respective curves; while LG's display flexes from top to bottom, Samsung's version curves from side-to-side, allowing the screen to bend around the edges of the phone.

Aside from the cool factor of having a curved phone, the advantage of either display will be increased durability (LG uses the term "unbreakable" in its press release). Curved screens could also useful for wearable devices, such as smartwatches, giving the screen a bit of contour around the body.

Exciting as that sounds, it's worth noting that LG isn't talking about prices or battery efficiency, and Reuters has noted that both cost and heat resistance have been barriers to the mass production. Although curved displays could be the next big thing for portable electronics, don't get too caught up in the hype until we've seen some actual products.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags lgLG ElectronicsComponentsdisplays

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

TechHive (US)
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?