The straight truth about Samsung and LG’s flexible smartphone displays

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In a press release, LG announced that their flexible AMOLED panels were entering mass production.

The move comes as rumors mount about Samsung soon releasing a Galaxy Note 3 variant with its own curved display, said to be called the Galaxy Round. In consumer electronics, new tech demos are often far more interesting than the products that will come from them—if they ever grow up to become real products at all.

We’ve been covering flexible displays for a very long time. In that span, the technology has matured from theory to prototypes, and it may soon be in products you and I can afford (unlike this). So, should we expect Samsung and LG’s new bendy-curvy panels to usher in an era of radical phones we can fold into our pockets or roll up like a magazine? In a word: no. And here’s why. Samsung’s CES 2011 flexible display demo Brian Bilek Traditional AMOLED displays are made by applying a chemical substrate to a thin piece of glass and then layering the electronic components that control the display atop that.

Flexible displays use a thin, bendable plastic instead of that glass but are awfully similar otherwise.

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Author: Daily Tech Whip

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