Flexible displays for your smartphone, is the kind of technology that is just around the corner to be commercialized, but somehow never makes it to the actual product.
However, the latest news coming from LG makes me think that this time flexible displays may be for real. And we will finally see commercial smartphones with them by the end of this year, or in the first half of 2014, at latest.
Korea Times had a chat with several LG Display execs and got the company to go on the record with the following statement:
“LG Display has completed the development of our first flexible displays. We’ve already shipped samples to clients including LG Electronics. LG Display will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year,”
There you have it – clear and unambiguous statement that LG will start mass producing flexible displays in Q4 , and some of their clients are already trying them in their own products.
Even if the next generation screen production starts in Q4 2012, it is not a guarantee that LG will be able to ship a flexible display equipped smartphone before the year is out. So their next flagship – LG G2 – may or my not have it. But it certainly raises even more doubts in LG Europe VPs statements about what LG will or will not do in the near future.
So despite of what we’ve heard before, LG Nexus 5 this October – is still a distinct possibility, as is LG G2 with flexible display.
Even better news for LG, is that Samsung still seems unable to iron out flexible display mass production issues in their own plants. So LG display division may have finally found an angle to help their electronics arm to leapfrog Samsung smartphones with one key technology. And use that angle in their marketing, to start catching up to Sammy in brand recognition and mobile device sales volumes.
Well, I’m not saying it will happen. But if flexible displays will finally become available in sizable quantities and good enough quality, early next year, Apple would be remiss not to think about using them in next generation iPhone 6. And if that is indeed what is going on in Cupertino, suddenly those rumors about how Apple will only release cheap iPhone and minor 5S update this year, with major iPhone innovations slated for 1H 2014 – start making a whole lot of sense.