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OLED panel expected to be available in November

LG Display has announced that it has become the world's first display manufacturer to begin mass production of flexible OLED panels for smartphones. LG is building its flexible panel on plastic substrates instead of glass. Putting the OLED panels on plastic substrates is what allows them to be flexible and will make the displays able to survive impacts more effectively than screens using glass substrates.

“LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology,” said Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display. “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.”

LG says that not only is its new panel bendable but it is unbreakable as well. The screen is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700 mm. The screen is also very thin at 0.44 mm making it the world's slimmest display panel among existing mobile device panels. LG also says that a six-inch version weighs only 7.2 g taking it the world's lightest among current smartphone OLED displays.

LG showed off a five-inch flexible OLED panel back in May at SID 2013. In April, LG unveiled a flexible curved-screen OLED TV that went on sale in South Korea. That curved screen TV was 4.3 mm thick and weighing 37.48 pounds. It was incredibly expensive with a price equating to about $13,500 here in the US. Yahoo News reports that LG Display's new flexible smartphone screen will go on sale in November.

Sources: LG Display, Yahoo

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By inighthawki on 10/7/2013 1:27:20 PM , Rating: 1
I really wish someone would release an OLED monitor (anywhere between 22-30"). I love the OLED displays in most phones, and would pay good money for one. I suppose I can understand that mobile and large screen TVs are probably the two most interesting areas for high end displays, it seems odd that they completely ignore the middle.

This goes same for resolution - for some reason there are <13" and >30" panels at 2560x1600 or higher, but I have yet to see a 22"-24" display at anything other than 1080p (or 1200p for the few remaining 16:10 displays). Come on guys, we want high quality and high DPI desktop monitors too!

RE: Monitor
By Mint on 10/7/2013 1:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I'd probably spring $500 for a 22", which is what, a 300% premium? IMO even 11" would be worth a few hundred as a display upgrade on a convertible notebook. For both, 1080p is fine for a first step.

I'm so hooked to OLED blacks that I'm never going back to LCD on my smartphone.

RE: Monitor
By inighthawki on 10/7/2013 2:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm so hooked to OLED blacks that I'm never going back to LCD on my smartphone.

Same here, which is why I really want one for a desktop. Even the highest end LCDs these days still cant even match the black level of an old CRT, let alone OLED. I do understand that OLED has its disadvantages, such as fading color levels over time, but I'm betting the people willing to pay a premium for a monitor like that are likely to replace them before it becomes an issue.

RE: Monitor
By ZmaxDP on 10/8/2013 9:33:11 PM , Rating: 2

Perhaps the OLED manufacturing consortium should consider a new add campaign...

"OLED...Once you go black, you never go back."

RE: Monitor
By embedded_bill on 10/7/2013 3:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
I continue to be optomistic even though OLED has been the display tech of the future for the last dozen years, back in 2000 was when I first started following OLED.

It seems that the tech has had a lot of trouble penetrating the commodity market, which is what it would have to do to bring $500 22" desktop monitor. Unfortunately there are not enough people like you (and me) to pay $500 for the 22” OLED desktop monitor, so we continue to be patient. Like it matters to Samsung or LG if I’m not patient!

That said, every new OLED product brings the tech a little closer.

RE: Monitor
By inighthawki on 10/7/2013 3:53:50 PM , Rating: 1
I'm also excited about Quantum dot displays as well, particularly due to the low power consumption they claim. The 30-50% reduction (according to Wikipedia) could improve battery life on laptops and tablets by hours. There's been a lot of news on them recently.

RE: Monitor
By embedded_bill on 10/7/2013 6:07:19 PM , Rating: 2
Ok... I just read the Wikipedia article you refer to. Pretty cool stuff especialliy if it can be turned into a consumer grade product! It does appeal to my inner physicist - which I am about 20 years removed from but still dreaming.

RE: Monitor
By CaedenV on 10/7/2013 2:11:31 PM , Rating: 2
Don't get me wrong, I love OLED, and I think it is going to be a personal requirement for all new smartphones going forward. But phones need that high contrast, and the extended battery life. Also on phones the idea of something being color correct when you are out on the field is a bit silly (unless your name is brian klug), and most devices with an oled will be recycled after 2-3 years so there is not enough time for the real color wash out to really set in.

But on a computer screen? I don't know about you, but my first CRT monitor lasted me for 15 years, and my LCD monitor that I have now is already coming up on 6 years old and is only going to be replaced early because I really want a 4K monitor in a few years when they become available/affordable.
Point is that most people, especially those who buy nice/expensive monitors, do not replace them every few years when they do a computer upgrade. The refresh cycle on monitors is much closer to 10 years unless it dies prematurely. An OLED monitor is simply never going to have anything resembling color correctness, and it will have to be constantly re-calibrated as the cells wear out.

Great tech for portable devices... but IPS is going to be the way to go for years to come in the home market.

RE: Monitor
By inighthawki on 10/7/2013 3:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
This is true, but by the same logic, most people who own high end TVs also do not upgrade their TVs every couple years either, yet it is one of the targeted markets.

RE: Monitor
By EnzoFX on 10/7/2013 4:31:44 PM , Rating: 3
Except OLED is always over saturated, can't see this taking hold anytime soon where the high end requires at least some color accuracy lol.

RE: Monitor
By inighthawki on 10/7/2013 4:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on what the person uses it for. My definition of a "high quality display" is going to be much different than a graphic designers. They would want color accuracy, whereas I consider the overly saturated colors a plus, on top of the black blacks. I really like color, even if it's not necessarily "accurate" :)

RE: Monitor
By Mint on 10/7/2013 5:19:15 PM , Rating: 5
OLED is saturated by choice, not by nature.

The Note 3 becomes quite accurate simply by changing to Movie Mode. DisplayMate was gushing over the display:

RE: Monitor
By althaz on 10/7/2013 6:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would also love one (24" matte finished 1920x1200 OLED monitor please). The reason they are not commonplace is that OLED screens currently degrade quite quickly. For a phone you only keep for two years, this is a non issue, but I've had one of my monitors (a Samsung 215TW) for 6-7 years. By now it would be next to useless were it an OLED, which wouldn't be acceptable for a high-end device (which an OLED monitor would have to be).

RE: Monitor
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 9:15:31 PM , Rating: 1
Unfortunately you're never going to see an OLED monitor for one simple reason:


RE: Monitor
By pandemonium on 10/8/2013 2:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
You really need to stop posting this trolling garbage, dude.

RE: Monitor
By inperfectdarkness on 10/8/2013 4:14:10 AM , Rating: 2
It's not just low 20" desktop monitors--it's the entire laptop market too. Screaming bloody-murder hasn't accomplished anything. Even if there are scores of die-hards with cash-in-hand waiting to buy something BETTER than lame 1080p--the mfg's just are deaf, dumb and blind.

I'm still waiting for a release date on the MSI GT60 3k edition--since it's the first non-apple laptop with a resolution above 1080p/WUXGA. It's apparently out in Singapore...but NOTHING here in the states. WTF.

By Mint on 10/7/2013 1:31:35 PM , Rating: 3
OLED is superior to LCD in many ways, and the exaggerated colors we often see today are purely a software choice.

I'm not sure what will be the best scratch protection option on these, as it doesn't really help to have an unbreakable display covered with breakable Gorilla Glass, but I'm sure LG will figure it out. I think a replaceable plastic scratch protector is a good tradeoff for a phone that can survive drops on the ground.

By tng on 10/7/2013 5:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Scratches, that was my first thought as well. I had a LG slider where the front display was plastic and after just 3 months of it being in my pocket (by itself) was scratched up pretty bad just from my jeans.

Also the radius is 700mm? Is that the min radius that it can go? Seems large for something that has the potential to be "rolled up". Yes it flexes and that is great, but i want to see something that you can roll up to a small tube attached to the electronics.

Enough already
By flyingpants1 on 10/7/2013 4:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
Stop announcing them already. Just let me know when you release a phone with an unbreakable screen.

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