LG recently confirmed that it is indeed working on curved smartphone displays and that it will begin mass production of the screens sometime this month. Reuters said it also learned that LG has plans to deploy a new phone that uses the display sometime next month. The screens measure 6-inches in size and will have a “top to bottom” curve, Reuters said.
“LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology,” LG said in a press release announcing the news. “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.”
It’s likely that flexible screens will be used to create a curve on a smartphone or tablet, and will be stronger than non-flexible displays, though we doubt we’ll actually see gadgets that allow consumers to “flex” the screen on their own.
The “curved display” detailed by Reuters means we’re likely to see a screen that’s similar to the one we saw on the Nexus S. That device, developed by Samsung, had a small concave arc which was rather unique at the time. While we liked the look and feel of the Nexus S display — it sort of cupped your face when you went to place phone calls — we haven’t seen many other devices with curved displays since then.
Samsung also has plans to launch a curved smartphone display sometime this month, according to some reports.