LG Reveals Flexible OLED Display for Smartphones
LG Display today claimed to be the first to mass produce a flexible OLED panel for smartphones. According to LG, its new screen technology is made from plastic substrates and not glass. The protection layer is applied to the back of the panel and LG says this helps make it bendable and unbreakable. The display is 0.44mm thick, and LG believes it will help spur more innovative designs for smartphones and wearables. The first screen developed by LG has a 6-inch diagonal, weighs 7.2g, and is concave from top to bottom. LG plans to introduce this flexible OLED display in a new smartphone as soon as next month, though it says volume production of curved panels and products incorporating them won't arrive until 2014.
Micro-LED Backlights Could Bring OLED Performance to LCD Screens
AT CES this week, Rohinni demonstrated its micro-LED technology, and provided a glimpse at new backlight technology it's working on for the LCD display panels used in phones. While most LED chips are around 1mm, Rohinni's micro-LEDs are many times smaller and can be placed precisely on thin, flexible plastic sheets.
LG Turning to OLED for V30's FullVision Display
LG today said its "next flagship smartphone" — widely believed to be the V30 — will be the first to adopt a plastic OLED FullVision display. LG has used plastic OLED before, notably on the 2015 Flex 2, which was in fact curved and flexible.
Sharp Shows Off Curved Display Concept
Sharp this week revealed a concept smartphone screen that has actual curved corners and nearly no bezels. The concept panel is called Corner R.
LG Display to Step Up OLED Production
LG Display plans to invest $396 million to improve its ability to manufacture flexible OLED displays and OLED lighting panels. The company will sink about $272 million into an existing facility in order to boost production capacity, and about $123 million to build a new production line dedicated to OLED lighting.
LG V30 Launches In Korea This Week, North America Soon Thereafter
LG today said it will begin shipping its V30 flagship handset to customers in South Korea this week. The phone will arrive in North America, Europe, and other markets "in the days and weeks to come." LG didn't provide an exact launch window for the U.S., and LG's U.S.