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LG: Foldable phones are already possible, but they're inconvenient

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Looking to the future of the mobile space, LG has revealed the required technologies are already in place to create fully foldable phones, but the positive user cases are still missing.

Speaking with TrustedReviews during CES 2015, LG’s Head of Smartphone Planning, Dr Ramchan Woo has branded foldable phone’s ‘inconvenient’, suggesting the futuristic tech actually pushes users back to the era of the clamshell.

“Foldable phones is already a possible technology,” he told us at the launch of the curved LG G Flex 2.

It is technologically possible to make bendable phones, but there are a lot of barriers as well, especially when you go to mass production because the cover glass is not bendable.”

Although the technology is there, Dr. Woo suggested LG has yet to find a suitable consumer solution for the feature.

“If you look at our standard user cases for daily use, when you bend the screen all the way, you would have to open it like a clam shell every time which is inconvenient.

“Technologically our displays are ready to be bendable, but we have to study more to find out which method is right for daily use.”

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While the LG G Flex 2 might be seen by some as a stepping stone to a future of foldable phones, the gulf between the two technologies is quite profound.

With the latest G Flex offering featuring a 700-radius curve, Dr. Woo has suggested foldable devices could move to a 50-radius bend.

“We can bend it further,” he stated. “You could bend it like a newspaper – maybe 50 radius – but this isn’t the right curvature for your eyes.

MattMe

January 7, 2015, 10:55 am

I'd argue that the technology isn't there yet. The glass that protects mobile and tablet screens currently can't bend, and there's no better solution available. So what they're saying is that yes they can make a screen bend, but not in anything less than an extremely fragile form.
That isn't lacking a positive user case, that's lacking the technology. This is daft.
Surely the user case would be a normal 5" screen on the front, but it folds out to create a bigger 10" screen on the inside. Or that same principle reversed. A wrap-around front/back screen that opens p to give a full tablet experience. Who wouldn't want that? Two devices in one. there - a positive user case that took me four seconds to come up with.

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