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New tech include some impressive screens for mobile devices

LG has announced it will be on hand at the Society for Information Displays (SID) Display Week 2013 showing off some of its new screen technologies. Among the technologies that LG will be showing off is a 55-inch curved screen TV that uses WRGB OLED technology.

Perhaps the most interesting piece of technology that LG will be showing off is the flexible five-inch plastic OLED panel that is specifically designed for mobile devices. The plastic screen has more flex than some other OLED panel types to allow the screen to be more rugged and survive damage from drops, hits, and accidents.

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LG earlier this year announced plans to deliver a production flexible display smartphone by the end of 2013.

LG is also working on a 5” panel that will have a 1 mm thick bezel allowing for the production of borderless smartphones that are lighter and emit less heat than current models. A 7” version of the same panel with embedded touch functionality will also on display at show.
 
Other products being shown off will include an LG ultra HD panel for 23.8-inch monitors along with a 14-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution panel for laptops. LG will also show off the world's first seven-inch full HD panel exceeding 300 pixels per inch.

Source: Efytimes



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Great story
By bug77 on 5/20/2013 11:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, none of these news tell us what exactly a bendable screen does. Does it fold onto itself so that I can't use it unless I unfold first? Does it wrap around the phone, thus interfering with the camera lens?
Ok, it's a screen and it bends. Why should I get one?




RE: Great story
By retrospooty on 5/20/2013 12:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
You would have to wait for a specific product release to answer that question. Outside of niche devices, the only thing I can think of is a smartwatch. If it bent to the contour of your wrist it would give you the ability to have a larger screen. It doesn't seem very useful on a phone, tablet or laptop to me.


RE: Great story
By Mint on 5/20/2013 3:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest application is shatterproof screens. LCDs have a thin layer of glass on each side of the liquid crystal layer, and current OLEDs use glass as the substrate. Gorilla Glass protects it, but as we all know it can crack as well.

OLED on a flexible substrate lets us use scratch-resistant plastic screen as a cover, and neither it nor the substrate will crack when a phone is dropped.

I'd rather use replaceable screen protectors on a virtually unbreakable display than a GG display that shatters when dropped, despite the latter being more resistant to scratches.


RE: Great story
By bug77 on 5/20/2013 3:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
Let me check how many phone screens I have shattered till now. Oh yes, zero.
I don't even know if bendable means pixels will still function after receiving a healthy impact. Plus, the substrate can't be that flexible, otherwise you'd be feeling the chips underneath it.
I'm sure something smart can be dine with flexible screens, I'm just waiting for someone to come up with an idea.


RE: Great story
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 5/20/2013 7:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
I've shattered 2 phone screens and an iPad. Shit happens.

Having a scratchproof layer would be nice though, even if it's rigid.


RE: Great story
By flyingpants1 on 5/21/2013 2:47:41 AM , Rating: 2
LET ME SEE HOW MANY CAR ACCIDENTS I'VE BEEN IN. OH YES ZERO!!


RE: Great story
By maugrimtr on 5/21/2013 9:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
This really sounds like a death knell for Gorilla Glass. I know they have flexible Willow Glass but that doesn't add protection to a screen - it's a substrate itself. I guess we'll have to wait for the actual products...


RE: Great story
By marvdmartian on 5/21/2013 8:35:14 AM , Rating: 2
Here's where I could see a screen like this really making a difference.

Remember a year or two ago, when Sony decided to jump into the tablet market, and had their folding tablet, that had two screens when you opened it up? Imagine if that had been one single, foldable type screen, instead. When you opened the tablet, instead of having two 3x5 screens (or whatever size they were), you're presented with a single 7x10 screen. Or whatever size will most appropriately fit an HD screen.

How cool would that be, to have a tablet that will fit into the back pocket of your jeans, but has a screen the size of a 10" tablet??


:)
By BRB29 on 5/20/2013 8:50:54 AM , Rating: 3
I want them to make these things so thin and light that I can pretty much put it on a wall without a mount. When I go out to buy TVs, all TVs will be rolled up like a poster. When this happens, the days of hauling/fitting giant TVs in a little sedan is over :)

For mobile application, I hope they can make it so thin and bendable that a 5" phone will not bulge unattractively in your pocket.




RE: :)
By GulWestfale on 5/20/13, Rating: -1
RE: :)
By karimtemple on 5/20/2013 9:03:08 AM , Rating: 3
Mine bulges attractively.


RE: :)
By BRB29 on 5/20/2013 9:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
whichever you prefer lol


RE: :)
By Aloonatic on 5/20/2013 12:20:01 PM , Rating: 3
Instead of paint or wallpaper, just cover your house with these things.

As big a TV as your wall will allow, any colour walls you want with whatever pattern, and adaptable for lighting effects too.

:o)


RE: :)
By BRB29 on 5/20/2013 12:39:05 PM , Rating: 2
We can wear jackets made with these screens and sell it as ad space :)


One device for everything.
By quiksilvr on 5/20/2013 10:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
If we can make a 5" screen 1mm thick, then technically we can have these folded down that opens up like a flower every time you want a larger and larger screen. Imagine if you can pocket a 40" TV that folds down to a 5" smartphone. Pretty insane.




RE: One device for everything.
By BRB29 on 5/20/2013 10:43:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think you want to fold it. Creasing will cause serious problems. A rolled up TV is pretty revolutionary to me.


RE: One device for everything.
By quiksilvr on 5/20/2013 11:29:24 AM , Rating: 2
I don't mean folding a curvy screen, I mean folding multiple screens are borderless so you don't see the creases.


RE: One device for everything.
By BRB29 on 5/20/2013 11:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
so at lunch, all the kids would put their screens together to make one giant screen :)


Global?
By Shadowself on 5/20/2013 9:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
So I'll get my Global in 2014?




RE: Global?
By M'n'M on 5/20/2013 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
Alas it will come with a Microsoft CVI.


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