LG is expected to start mass production of a new type of flexible display this summer. The folks at OLED Display.net report the new plastic OLED screens lighting panels can bend further than existing solutions.

Update: LG’s new technology applies to lighting panels, not the screens you find on phones or tablets. It could be a while before we see this sort of technology make its way to mobile devices. 

Does that mean we’ll finally start to see smartphones and tablets that you can roll up and put in your pocket? Probably not. But it does pave the way for devices with unusual shapes and shatter-proof screens.

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The new displays panels are said to be made entirely of plastic, so there’s no glass material to break. At the same time, LG says the new plastic screens panels offer the kind of brightness, energy efficient, and color you’d expect from glass displays.

LG is currently providing engineering samples to partners and mass production could begin in July.

That means we could start to see devices from LG and other companies featuring the new technology later this year.

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10 replies on “LG’s new OLED lighting panels are the most flexible yet”

  1. Plastic Amoled displays will not only outcompete todays glass based LCD in some years ahead in mobile phones.
    Plastic Amoled displays as monochrome will within 5-years be used in all kinds of vehicles for rearlight and for Woled=white oled be used in vehicles ceiling light.
    Even in Aeroplanes will Woled be used forthcoming years.
    See on youtube white oled and Audi flexible oled

  2. Since it’s plastic is it easy cheaper? That could drive the cost of a phone down a lot.

  3. This is all done and dandy, but when will we see lighting fixtures and etc using these? I have many ideas for lights using flexible oled panels for lighting but no one is selling them.

  4. But these don’t support touch. In any case, I think LG is doing better than Samsung when it comes to displays and TVs.

    1. Wristbands and bracelets are certainly going to be the high-tech fashion accessory of choice once the technology matures, even if the functionality is mostly about making pretty patterns.

      1. You’ll see this being used in the sign and advertising industries on everything imaginable.

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