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KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG has revealed that it will start mass producing flexible OLED smartphone displays in the fourth quarter, when it will also unveil its first 'flexible' phone.
Speaking to the Korea Times, LG confirmed that its bendy screen technology will go into mass production later this year, with the company expecting to produce 12,000 sheets of flexible OLED every month.
"We have completed the development of our first flexible displays" LG said in a statement. "We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year."
As well as producing displays to ship to major clients, which the firm has yet to name, LG has also let slip that it will release an own-brand flexible phone in the fourth quarter.
Besides the fact that it will feature an AMOLED screen, we don't know much about LG's upcoming flexible phone. Those expecting a handset that can fold up and slide into a skinny jeans pocket are probably going to be disappointed, as it's unlikely that the flexible screen will allow the phone to bend that much. Instead, LG might wrap the screen around the sides of the handset, for example, allowing users to view the display from multiple angles.
We're going to assume, though, that the device will be a high-end phone, so expect a quad-core chip, plenty of RAM and Google's latest Android mobile operating system.
According to the Korea Times, putting out its first flexible phone in the fourth quarter will see LG beat Samsung to market, as its Korean rival is unlikely to release a competing device any time soon.
LG was not immediately available for comment. µ
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