LG Display unveils curved handset display for November launch

Reuters

SEOUL, Oct 7 (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc's display unit said on Monday it will start mass production ofcurved smartphone displays as the South Korean phone maker plansto launch a smartphone with the new screens next month to catchbigger rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

Samsung said last month it would introduce a smartphone witha curved display in October as the world's top handset makerseeks to set the pace of hardware innovation amid slowing growthin the high-end smartphone market.

Curved displays are in the early stages of development andallow bendable or foldable designs that could eventually allowmobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms that couldradically change the high-end smartphone market.

LG Display Co Ltd said on Monday it has startedproduction of a six-inch display curved top to bottom. LGElectronics plans to launch a smartphone with the curved displayin November, a source familiar with the matter said.

By contrast, Samsung's phone will have a display curved sideto side, another source who has direct knowledge of the mattersaid.

In January Samsung, which has taken over from Apple Inc as the global smartphone leader, showed off prototypeproducts with a flexible screen and a display that extends fromthe side of a device.

Technology firms have yet to figure out how to mass producethe parts cheaply and come up with display panels that can bethin and heat resistant.

Curved displays are already commercially available inlarge-screen televisions. Samsung and LG Electronics startedselling curved OLED TV sets this year priced at about $9,000.

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