Accidents happen, and screen of mobile phones might break when they are dropped. This might be a thing of the past as LG and Samsung aim to launch products that will feature flexible and unbreakable phone screens.
LG confirmed that it might roll out the first smartphones with flexible displays to be unwrapped as early as November. However, fellow South Korean mobile phone manufacturer Samsung could steal the limelight as it plans to release their bendable displays this week.
LG was first to announce through its research arm LG Chem that it will soon roll out flexible displays for tablets and smartphones. The six-inch bendable display won’t be crafted from glass but created using plastic substrates. The said flexible screen can be attached to curved devices. A curved battery prototype might be unveiled by next month ahead of the launch for LG’s G Flex smartphone. The phone will reportedly feature a more curved display than the current line of smartphones available in the market.
“LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology. The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year,” said LG’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display in a press release.
The curved battery prototype is just 0.44mm thin with a protective film on the back making it practically unbreakable and bendable. According to LG Display the bendable display is vertically concave with a 7cm radius and a weight of 7.2g. The battery technology is so flexible one can form a knot, which means it can, without doubt, revolutionize smartphones and other devices.
Meanwhile, Samsung is set to outpace its rivals and aims to introduce a device featuring a 5.7-inch flexible display on a working smartphone later this week. A Korean website reported that the launch might be on October 10. Samsung hasn’t confirmed the date as of writing, but hints about a smartphone with curved screen were revealed during the launch of the Galaxy Note 3.
There are speculations that Samsung will unveil a special edition Galaxy Note 3 (Galaxy Note 3 Active) with a flexible display and a quad-core processor. Samsung’s innovative display will be a bit smaller than LG’s measuring 5.7 inches but will lighter at 5.2g. It is also expected to have a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
So the race is on between Samsung and LG, and it is a win for consumers and gadget lovers.