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LG details bendy screens, smartphones coming in 2017

News by Luke Jones on Monday November 10, 2014.

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While Samsung is making headway in the folded screen department, the company is not alone in this field. Sure, the Galaxy Note Edge is the first such device on the market and Samsung is pioneering the tech, but Korean compatriot LG is also working on its own bendy screen technology. The company says that it will have products ready for 2017.

The key here is that the Note Edge is merely a first step. It is not even the full result of what Samsung expects from this new niche. That new handset has a folded screen pasted onto a traditional rigid smartphone chassis, the screen does not bend. However, bending screens have been experimented with and the ultimate goal is to have devices that are essentially bendable and even foldable. Of course the main challenge for this technology is where to put the components of a given product that make it work, such as the chipsets, the cameras, and circuitry and so on.

LG is working on solving that problem with Plastic-OLED technology, a screen type that the company has actually already used on its new G Watch R wearable. Of course, the already available G Flex smartphone features a curved display, and it is that handset the company is considering as genesis. LG has now set out a roadmap from the G Flex to the eventuality of multiple product featuring fully realized bendy screens. The will be foldable tablets and laptops, tablets and television sets that can be rolled, along with curved car computer systems.

The company has also offered some details as to how the technology works, and while we could get all technical, it is probably best to let the company explain it.

1) Plastic, not glass

LG Display has shattered the common belief that plastic cannot stand high temperatures, and developed plastic substrate (PI or polyimide) that remains stable under high temperatures and has chemical stability. Moreover, due to the development of the coating process of large format PI, it has become possible to manufacture PI film, which has enabled the plastic curving technology and the technology to eliminate unnecessary bubbles and foreign substances.

2) LTPS(Low Temperature Poly Silicon) TFT(Thin Film Transistor) technology

One of POLED's important features is that it can have thin bezel, since the fast electron mobility technology made the integration of different parts to be possible.

3) Flexible Encapsulation Technology to protect OLED elements

With the technology to manufacture inorganic film that prevents water and organic film that prevents alien substances, plastic OLED guarantees the stability of OLED elements.

4) Elimination of Carrier Glass using laser, and adhesionof Back Plate Film

The display surface is relatively clean and neat, as it prevents foreign substance from permeating the surface, by using Laser Source Uniformity technology, alien substance/crack prevention process technology, and flat-panel Back Plate Film and Film Lamination technology.

source: lg newsroom

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