We first heard about flexible displays, coming to a Smartphone, near 2007. That’s right, six years ago. And for six years, we have undoubtedly gotten closer to this tech becoming reality, but not close enough, apparently. Many seem to think that flexible displays will be the next major innovation in the mobile space (the previous one being, capacitive touch screens).
One way or the other, we’re about to find out whether flexible displays really are the future or not, since Samsung Display and LG Display are poised to embark on, mass production of organic light-emitting diodes for flexible displays, (for smart phones-and exactly for a limited edition Galaxy Note 3) in November, according to rumours. Samsung seems to have the upper hand in this cooperation, following the legal battle between the two sides. Let’s see more closely the details of the «deal», which are interesting.
As we all show, the expected generation panels for Samsung stands at 1.5 million units per month, while production for the LG stands at 35,000 units per month. Important detail though is the monitor types to be produced, since the Samsung asked screens with 5.5 inches, while the LG asked for 4.5 inches. It is now clear that the Note 3 «limited edition» will have a smaller screen than normal, but a new, promising technology.
Also, Samsung Display is reported to use a 5.5-generation (1300x1500mm) line at the OLED plant in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, and LG Display is to operate a 4.5-generation (730x920mm) line in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.
“Within this year, Samsung and LG will have a monthly production capacity of 1.5 million and 35,000 flexible panels, respectively,” a source said.
On expectations that flexible displays will be put into mass production, the sales outlook of related companies improved.
Seoul-based securities firm Korea Value 21 said, sales of the AP System, (a flexible-display equipment maker), will rise by 20 percent this year, compared to last year.
Now before you think that the next flagship Smartphone you will buy will roll up like a scroll, well, chill for a second. It’s a lot more likely that these first panels will be ‘flexible’ because their maker will be able to bend them into one specific position. See? It’s all a bit misleading. So, it will be flexible, but it will not allow any action taken by you, as the end-user.It will take a few more years for flexible displays to be able to fully take different forms and to be rolled up like paper, a source said.
Actually, the new bendy, flexible displays will be incredibly thin, and as they won’t use glass but plastic, should also be a lot more durable than what we see today shoved into high-end smart phones. And while manufacturers will use the term “unbreakable” for a lot of these panels, you shouldn’t take that 100% seriously. However, they will be more drop-proof than their currently available predecessors, that’s for sure.
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