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LG Display confirms mass-production of 6-inch curved smartphone display

Adding weight earlier rumors of a curvy LG phone being in the works, LG Display has announced that it's begun mass-production of curved six-inch phone displays, reports Reuters. The outlet also says sources have informed it that LG's first curved-display smartphone will arrive in November, corroborating earlier reports.

LG's screen will be curved from top to bottom, according to LG Display, while Reuters sources claim that Samsung's upcoming curved handset, due to arrive this month, will be curved from side to side.

LG this morning explaind the process in a press release:

LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.

The six-inch figure ties in with earlier reports from The Wall Street Journal, which reported that the "LG G Flex" would sport a curved screen of this size and go on sale in November. A sketch of the handset obtained by the WSJ also showed a top-top-bottom curve.

Any takers for a curved-screen LG or Samsung smartphone? Shout out in the comments!

Source: Reuters

 
There are 35 comments

alexlam24 says:

A curved screen phone would be slippery and getting a screen protector on would be a pain

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chowdog13 says:

What are the benefits?

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XavierMatt says:

This.

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p51d007 says:

Pretty simple if you think about it.
Right now, the display is channeled with GLASS. Everyone knows what happens when
you drop your device on it's edge...SHATTERING the glass. With a flexible display, the elements are bonded to a plastic substrate. Also, it will eventually lessen the costs of manufacturing the device, since the expensive glass can be replaced by a cheaper plastic. It will reduce the cost (not that it will be passed onto consumers though), and the weight of the device, not to mention the design possibilities.
It would be nice to have a 4-5" screen when folded flat, but, if opened up, it would be a 8-10" screen, without any bezel between the displays. An 8-10" screen, when open, could in theory replace carrying a phone and a "large" tablet. Keep it closed for day to day phone use, but open it up for the ability to view web pages with less scrolling and zooming, playing videos, editing photos...
Think I might hold off updating my Note1 til the first of next year, just to see how this plays out.

Kayone73 says:

Klutzes and idiots will no longer shatter their screens when they constantly drop their phones

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Unobtanium says:

I don't have interest in a curved screen. What I want is a screen that can flex without breaking. I don't carry my phone in a pocket, but increased resilience is generally a good thing.

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geoff5093 says:

Did you even read the article?

"LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable."

flipponater says:

I just want one for the looks haha..

posting while eating gummybears in your girlfriends bedroom

Surround-screen p0rn?

mabr82 says:

Ha

Keep it secret keep it safe..... ø

sgruffalo says:

I always considered the Nexus S to have a curved screen. Was I wrong?

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seanjenkins1 says:

I think it was just the glass, on the gnex at least. The curve on this seems way more pronounced. I don't get the upside

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mathiasjk says:

The display on the Nexus S weren't curved, the glass on top of it were.

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teejay69 says:

Let's not forget the Palm Pre was a curved design phone! Maybe not as curvy as this seems to be, but it felt great in the hand.

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Anyone care to explain what the benefits of a curved screen are? What's the marker for it? Why should I buy a phone with a curved screen over something else?

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Bwahahahaha says:

Can you people not read?!

Go back and read the article and figure it out for your damn self.... my god

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figueroaw says:

I would love to see this.

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quailallstar says:

Sounds like another pissing contest amongst phone manufactures to me.

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helbertpina says:

Something like this. So I (hopefully) wouldn't have to worry about dropping and cracking the screen.

http://www.androidnova.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/samsung-flexible-s...

sublimaze says:

I seriously doubt the entire phone will flex like that. The screen will have a definite curve (more pronounced than the GNex), but the frame will still be rigid just like every other phone. I don't know why anyone needs a soap bar shaped phone, but whatever...

vicw926a4 says:

A plastic screen might be less prone to shattering, but what about scratches? There is no mention of hardness/scratch resistance in the article.

I also wonder about tactile feel of a plastic screen. I use a glass screen protector because I hate the feel of the plastic ones.

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Huntrowmar says:

Most people carry their phones in their pocket. Doesn't sound like this would be comfortable in a pocket.

Ratnok says:

I don't get the sudden interest in curved screens. Google and Samsung have been doing them since the Nexus S way back in 2010.

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sublimaze says:

The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus had flat displays under curved glass, but the pixel panel itself was flat. This is a completely different technology: the display matrix itself is flexible. But I don't see any real advantages of it either. It seems to be just another marketing bullet point.

so 32 or 64? sd card? removable battery.

wamilhon says:

Also, the volume will go to 11.

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MetalMike901 says:

Sorry if I fail to understand the use of a curved screen. Seems like it would make everything harder to read and see. I mean I like the extra shatter resistance, but why not just make the panel flat with the extra shatter resistance? Does it have to be curved?

Seems to me like tech is evolving just for nerds sake, and not for anything really innovative and useful, a la smart watches, curved displays, etc. Seems like tech companies are competing with each other just to see who can out geek the other and not really make useful consumer products.

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ACADM says:

Yet another South Korean phablet, but this time with a curved screen. Oh the humanity.

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dplane says:

Bend it like LG

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havesomejoe says:

Curved side to side would wrap nicely around your leg when in pocket. Top to bottom? I don't know!

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mabr82 says:

They need to confirm why they are actually doing this. If its so we can have smaller foldable devices then great but I can't for any reason understand why anyone would want or even need a 5" curved screen? Maybe see the benefit of a 50" TV in a small room though. Perhaps thats the aim....

Keep it secret keep it safe..... ø

mabr82 says:

They need to confirm why they are actually doing this. If its so we can have smaller foldable devices then great but I can't for any reason understand why anyone would want or even need a 5" curved screen? Maybe see the benefit of a 50" TV in a small room though. Perhaps thats the aim....

Keep it secret keep it safe..... ø

zrxoa1 says:

Making it concave might also help reduce display to hard surface contact, thus reducing chance of scratches or other damage? Just a thought....

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ChillFactorz says:

Should fit nicer in the back pocket. Women seem to love to put their phones there.
Sitting= no breaky

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jerrod6 says:

Can't wait to see this in some guys side pants pocket