LG has unveiled a new prototype flexible OLED panel, capable of folding and slightly transparent. The new feat in technical achievement might not be the start of the flexible display craze, but its an achievement nonetheless.
This has already been achieved by LG, but on a smaller scale. This is the first time LG has been able to create an OLED panel this big and has upgraded the transmittance to 30 percent, a 20 percent increase on the last model.
The flexible OLED panel has a resolution of 1200 x 810, an odd resolution and quite low compared to some on the market today. It looks like since this is experimental they wanted the lowest resolution, not the highest.
LG is not stopping, the company believes they should be able to scale these results to 50-inch TV screens in the near future, pushing for 40 percent transmittance by that time, alongside some other upgrades.
By 2017, LG hopes they will have 60-inch models available, but has not said anything about commercial revenue coming from this testing. LG Display has been working on flexible displays for some time now, but it hasn’t really shown up on the market, yet.
The LG G Flex is one of the only things to show for it, that and the extremely expensive curved TVs we are seeing at conventions. Neither have had any large impact on the market, but Samsung, Sharp and other display manufacturers appear interested in the possibilities.
It is suggested that by 2015 we should have QHD displays on TV, passing the full HD trend we have been seeing for the past few years. 4K TVs should hit around 2020 at an average consumer price for a television, though they are currently available for a few thousand dollars.