LG predicts flexible phones will account for 40% of the market by 2018
The LG G Flex is not only self-healing, to a certain degree, as we’ve demonstrated in our G Flex torture test, but it also has another neat trick up its sleeve, which basically gives the phone its name: it bends. As demonstrated, the G Flex is able to bend both positively (in the direction of the curve) and negatively (in the opposite direction) to a certain degree in order to withstand real-life torture challenges.
According to LG, flexible smartphones are a big deal; the South Korean phone maker strongly believes that, by 2018, these flexible phones will account for 40% of the market, indicating a growing trend, as well as interest. However, the flexible screen is far from being the only component of a bendable phone; as a matter of fact, LG’s Dr Ramchan Woo said that “there is a hidden secret, which is the battery. Without the battery, we cannot make the phone”, and the battery inside the G Flex can flex. It is also built with a special “Stack and Folding” technology which allows it to retain more juice.
Other factors are also taken into consideration while building flexible phones: the casing (plastic), as well as the glass which protects the screen. They all have to be at the same time rigid, and flexible.
With all of that in mind, we should expect more and more flexible phones to reach the market, gradually, until 2018. Are you interested in flexible phones or are you looking even further into the future and dreaming of a foldable phone?