LG is to begin mass production of what it calls “the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones.” The Korean manufacturer announced the move amid rumors that it’s set to release a curved smartphone next month. The flexible panel is similar to a regular OLED display, but is built on plastic substrates instead of glass, allowing LG to set it in a concave curve.
The display announced today is just the first step towards more interesting smartphone designs. Samsung already confirmed it will “introduce a curved display smartphone in October,” and the pair has found yet another battleground to fight on. What we’re seeing today is a big step toward a break from the rectangular norm of smartphone design, paving the way for more outlandish shapes and sizes for future devices.
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