Flexible displays have been living a weird on-the-sidelines existence, just outside the market for commercial smartphones. For years and years now, we’d see the latest panels show up at trade shows, inevitably followed by rumors of the tech actually making it into a production handset. Yet every time that rumor rears its head, there ultimately proves to be nothing to it. Is this a never-ending tease, or are we actually getting somewhere? A new report out of South Korea claims that flexible displays really could be just about to arrive, with both LG and Samsung shipping such panels this fall.
Supposedly, both could have such screens ready to go by November, though in limited quantities; if reaction is positive, production could ramp up thereafter.
While none of this mentions smartphones in particular, that’s clearly going to be a hot market for the tech – presuming, of course, that manufacturers come up with some innovative designs that work around the other non-flexible components required for a phone. We’ve seen concepts (like that bendy Nokia model), but it’s still not fully clear how a manufacturer might best exploit the physical properties of these panels.
Who knows, though; maybe next year we’ll finally see a real smartphone with a full-on bendable screen.