LG to Begin Manufacturing Flexible Displays, First Flexible Display Device Already Being Developed

June 19, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Both LG and Samsung have shown off their flexible displays this year. The Korea Times is now being told that LG will be gearing up to mass manufacture flexible OLED displays by the end of this year. LG’s Frank Lee, spoke with The Korea Times, the company will start manufacturing a flexible smartphone panel, which is probably the same one that LG showed off last month. The phone is set to be available in the last quarter of 2013. Now what’s important to note here is that this statement contradicts what LG’s VP in Europe recently said about the flexible display technology not being mature enough to make it to the market this soon.

LG is probably going to beat their fellow Korean competitor, Samsung to market with the flexible display. Samsung did show off a Flexible display at CES earlier this year. Lee added that the production of the flexible displays will take place on LG’s E2 line at the Korean company’s Paju complex, using a “4.5th generation glass-cutting technology for the OLED flexible displays.”

LG Display doesn’t plan to make flexible displays for LG Electronics exclusively, other smartphone makers will also be able to buy them from LG. According to that report. So we could see some flexible displays for other phones too that decide to use LG’s displays. Similar to those OEMs that used Samsung’s AMOLED display panels.

What will be interesting here is how the first couple of flexible display devices look and operate considering it is a flexible display, but the rest of the phone won’t be flexible. We saw some concepts from Samsung back at CES in January, which looked interesting. But I’m interested to see how LG will use them. How many of you would like to see a flexible display on your next phone or tablet?