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LG says its flexible OLED smartphone display has entered mass production

Updated Firm could beat hometown rival Samsung to market
Mon Oct 07 2013, 14:37
LG Z curved OLED phone with Android

KOREAN PHONE MAKER LG could beat hometown rival Samsung to market with the first commercial curved OLED phone, having spilled news about the flexible LG Z to a Korean news website.

Speaking to ZDNet Korea, LG revealed that it has already entered mass production with a curved smartphone equipped with a flexible OLED display, called the LG Z. The firm hinted that the smartphone will be announced any day now, with a release set for later this month.

Those getting excited about getting a bendy phone should probably calm down, as it's unlikely that the handset itself will be flexible. Instead, LG has said that the 6in curved OLED display will be rigid, much like its curved OLED televisions. It said this makes the phone better suited for movies and games, and helps it feel more natural when it's held against the face.

LG has yet to reveal all the details about the LG Z. However, it did let slip that the device will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with LTE-A connectivity and a full HD resolution screen. The only hurdle remaining reportedly is the battery, which is not designed to be bent to the curvature of the screen.

Revealing that its first curved OLED smartphone is in production sees LG taking a swipe at rival Samsung, with DJ Lee, head of marketing at Samsung Mobile, having told Reuters earlier that the firm plans to release a smartphone with a curved display at some point in October.

According to speculation, Samsung's first curved phone could be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

If so, expect the device to have a 'phablet' sized display, much like LG's, along with a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 3,200mAh battery, assuming it can be squeezed into that curvy casing.

LG has since confirmed the news, saying that its 'flexible and unbreakable' OLED smartphone display has gone into production. 

Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, chief technology officer at LG display said, “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.”


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