LG begins mass production of 6-inch flexible OLED display for smartphones, announces curved batteries for flexible phones
LG Display has officially announced that they have started the mass production of it's first flexible OLED display for smartphones. This display could be used in LG's upcoming smartphone, LG G Flex or say LG Z. In addition to the news, company's battery hand, LG Chem, has revealed that they are breaking away from rectangular batteries, and have announced the next generation of batteries, which they will be using in the next line of LG phones. The company has unveiled the stepped, curved and cable batteries today.
The LG's 6-inch flexible OLED display weighs 7.2 grams (5.2 grams Samsung's display), and bends from top to bottom with radius of 700mm, unlike from the sides with radius of 400mm like Samsung's panel. According to LG Display press release, smartphones using the new display will be launched in early-2014, whereas some recent report points towards November launch.
"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," LG Display noted in the press release.
Coming to batteries now, LG Chem has announced that they have already started the mass production of curved and stepped batteries, with stepped batteries already being used in the LG G2. The curved batteries will power devices featuring curved screens or flexible displays like smartphones, smartwatches and glasses.
LG Chem has also unveiled the cable batteries, which are bendable (can be tied into a knot) and wearable. This battery doesn't heat up much and is water-resistant, which makes it perfect for wearable devices like smartwatches and necklaces.
LG Chem will be demonstrate these batteries and other related products in a private zone at the InterBattery 2013, which is on Oct 16th.
"Through the exclusiveness of our unique technology, LG Chem has succeeded in launching future batteries that have not existed before. This shall be the fundamental grounds for LG Chem to become a pioneer in the market. As a leader of battery manufacturer, we will continue to strive for Global No.1 by developing more of optimized, safe and long-lasting batteries to make it the business of future generation", said YS Kwon, the President of Energy Solution Company, LG Chem.
Source - LG