Of all the technologies we’re expecting to one day come to smartphones, there may be none that raises more questions than flexible screens. Could we see full-on bendable phones? Is this just going to help make regular smartphone designs less prone to accidental screen damage? Time will eventually tell, but when will these things actually get here in the first place? Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of companies playing around with this tech at trade shows, but so far no one’s been able to put in a commercially released device. Now it’s looking like LG just might be the first, and its offering could arrive before the end of the year.
LG VP Yoon Bu-hyun says that the company intends to partner with LG’s display wing to launch a smartphone with one of these flexible OLED panels during the fourth quarter of 2013. We still don’t know if he’s talking about a bendable phone, or what, but just seeing this tech arrive in any form has the potential to be a big deal.
Of course, a lot could go wrong between now and then, and just because LG has it in its head to do this doesn’t mean that manufacturing issues might crop up that would force it to revise – if not abandon – its plans.