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LG Takes Flexible OLED Panels to the Next Level

January 28, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

LG has quickly become a name when it comes to flexible OLED displays and if there’s one company that can find a solution to use this sort of technology in everyday life, then it’s LG. Where smartphones are concerned, LG has already produced a couple of products that utilize flexible OLED in meaningful ways. The G Flex and the G Flex 2 are more than just devices with a curved display, the whole device can be flexed, preventing it to snap when sat on or had something put on top of it, and the whole thing is a little more durable thanks to its flexible nature. With the G Flex line of devices “bend but not break” is wholly applicable.

Now though, LG Chem has taken flexible OLED to a whole new level with new displays that can still be lit and be flexed in ways we never thought possible. The current flexible OLED panels that LG produce (the F6BA40, F6BA30 models) are based on thin glass substrates and can only be bent around a radius of 75mm. New panels made from Plastic OLED will be able to be bent by a radius of up to 30mm. All this without sacrificing lighting, as the new panels feature 75lm brightness, 60lm/W efficiency, a 3,000k color temperature and CRI over 85. All of this might not mean much to you, but in essence this means LG has developed a display that can be bent much more than before and still produce decent amounts of light.

A more interesting development from LG however is the breakthrough they’ve had with the largest OLED panel measuring 320x320mm which is roughly 12.5-inches square and comes with an efficiency of 60lm/W, CRI over 90, and has output levels of 800lm with a nominal input of 8.5V 1,600mA. This sort of panel could be heading to tablets of the future, but as of right now we’re still waiting to see this sort of technology hit anything outside of flexible smartphones from LG. Needless to say, this is a great step in the right direction and progress like this is great to see. After all, the closer we come to having these sorts of displays in all sorts of devices, the sooner smartphones and tablets might stop being big pieces of glass like all the rest.