Samsung and LG Electronics have been teasing the market for several years about flexible displays on forthcoming handsets – and released nothing commercially. Yesterday though, LG said on a financial-results call with investors that it would introduce a smartphone device with a flexible OLED screen in the fourth quarter of this year.
LG’s vice president of mobile, Yoon Bu-hyun, said he was working closely with the company’s Display division to bring the flexible display to market, according to The Verge, without going into further details. It is unclear if LG will introduce the feature in its forthcoming flagship phone, the Optimus G2, a phone it will likely release in the third quarter of 2013, according to analyst Mark Newman at Bernstein Research. LG has hinted all four of the major U.S. carriers have been secured as launch partners for the Optimus G2.
seems this does not bode well for Sammy and flexible displays if they are indeed searching for a new tech solution because the Vitex sealing process, which they purchased, is failing! Sounds like that will 'take awhile'! I suspect there is more to the story however.
If LG is first, does it matter? In either case we know that both companies are anxious to move things forward as quickly as possible which bodes well for Universal Display!
"Now, Samsung’s flexible screen efforts have reportedly hit a delay. According to Korean news site etnews, technology that Samsung bought to help protect flexible displays from moisture and air damage is bogging down its manufacturing process. Samsung acquired the patent in 2011 by purchasing Vitex Systems; the company had developed a moisture barrier film that could be applied to flexible substrates. Etnews says that Samsung is now on the hunt for more efficient technology."