At the start of the year Samsung gave us a sneak peak into their flexible display technology, which we had assumed would make it into the Galaxy S4 design. However, this was not to be, and so attention then turned to the Note 3, and we have since learned that this design will be similar to that of the S4.
So what will be the first Android handset with a flexible display? Some people now assume that it could be an LG device, as they have been showing off their flexible OLED HD panel at SID. We say this because during the event it’s been said that the technology will be incorporated into an LG smartphone by the end of the year.
With this in mind it’s more likely that the Nexus 5 or Optimus G Pro 2 could sport a flexible display, although it’s tough to believe that a Nexus handset would use such technology before a flagship LG model.
LG has gone with a plastic panel rather than glass for different reasons. The first is because it’s cheaper than glass to manufacture, and also there is a greater benefit for the user, as a glass screen could break easier than a plastic one.
The flexible display is currently in its naked form, but did allow SID attendees to test the technology to see how tough and bendable it really is. Engadget were on hand and they described it as “lightweight and responsive to twists and bends.”
Again, the rep on hand had told them that the screen could be in use by the end of the year, and even though a 5-inch version was on display (excuse the pun) they already have plans for smaller and larger versions.
Will LG beat Samsung to the market with a flexible display smartphone by the end of the year?