While flexible OLED displays are most attributed to Samsung, fellow Korean company LG are also planning to bring flexible OLED displays to mobile devices with their new display production line. While it may seem LG is stealing Samsung’s idea, LG is apparently using a different production process.
Aside, the above flexible prototype is not one straight from LG’s factory, instead it is a device developed by Universal Display Corporation. A company that appears to be have the same goal as LG and Samsung in mind.
In order to achieve this LG is preparing a 3.5-Gen OLED plant that will be able to pump out displays with plastic substrates, which puts the flexible in front of flexible OLED. Saying this, we may not see fully flexible phones and other devices for some time. Instead the flexible displays will be will be thinner, more durable and less prone to impact than current glass based displays. The flexible OLED display could also end the need for Corning’s Gorilla Glass on phones.
The $176 million production line will be able to produce displays that are “unbreakable” once the line gets the green light for operation towards the end of the year.
KitGuru says: While it doesn’t seem like we’ll get to see ultra-flexible devices anytime soon, we can’t wait to see LG’s flexbile OLED displays in action.