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. LG said it wants to take advantage of the OLED technology it developed for television sets on its smartphones. OLED displays reproduce perfect blacks, offer a wider color array, and have a 10x faster response rate than LCDs, making OLED panels ideal for applications such as virtual reality. LG says it has eliminated burn-in, a problem older OLEDs faced, by adopting advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology. Further, the V30 will adopt LG's FullVision display design, which it introduced on the G6 earlier this year. The 6-inch panel will have 2,880 by 1,440 pixels, or a 2:1 (18:9) aspect ratio, and nearly non-existent side bezels. LG said it reduced the phone's upper and lower bezels by 20% and 50%, respectively, when compared to the V20. LG moved its own logo from the V30's chin to the rear panel in order to help reduce the size of the lower bezel. Last, the plastic OLED display allows LG to create a stronger curve along the edges at a lower cost. LG will protect the V30's display with Gorilla Glass 5. The company is expected to announce the V30 on Aug. 31 at an event scheduled during the IFA trade show in Berlin.
There's a new touch panel technology in town, and it's coming to next year's phones with flexible displays. Sensel makes touch panels that have the precision and multi-touch capability of today's capacitive touch technology, but are better suited to the flexible displays coming to phones this year and next.
Nubia has a new smartwatch (actually, a full wrist-phone) with a flexible display that wraps all the way around your wrist. The flexible display aspect is actually pretty great, and works well.
Nov 7, 2018
Samsung today showed its folding display technology for the first time. The company had been hinting for several months that it would debut a folding phone.
Jul 24, 2019
Samsung today released a statement that it will launch the Galaxy Fold in September, having improved the design to address issues that cropped up in multiple review units right before the original launch date in late April. Samsung has tweaked the design of the folding-display phone in four specific ways: "The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed."