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LG G Flex to launch in November with curved screen?

Sam Loveridge

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LG G Flex sketch
LG G Flex sketch

LG is expected to launch the LG G Flex in November, complete with a curved display.

Although the plans are yet finalised, the LG G Flex has been pencilled in for a November launch with LG debuting its first curved display smartphone.

According to information and an image obtained by CNET, LG is currently preparing to launch the LG G Flex with a curved display, using the company’s plastic OLED screen technology.

As seen in the obtained sketch above, the LG G Flex display will be set in a curved position similar to the LG Curved OLED TVs, rather than being able to bend and flex.

Aiming to comfortably curve around your face, it could increase call quality on the smartphone, but we’re not sure what it would be like to use other features on.

Like the LG Curved OLED TVs, the concave arc of the LG G Flex wouldn’t be so severe it looks odd, but rather a shallow arch.

In May, LG issued a press release announcing it was developing a “unbreakable and flexible 5-inch plastic OLED panel” for smartphones.

“For the first time to the public, the company will unveil an unbreakable and flexible 5-inch plastic OLED panel for mobile devices,” read the official LG statement. “The development comes at a crucial time when smart devices are being used more than ever and at increased risk for damage from drops, hits, and other accidents.”

Samsung is also reportedly preparing a limited edition Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible display. It’s unknown whether it’ll be a curved affair or just introduce an unbreakable display into the existing Galaxy Note 3 design.

The limited edition Galaxy Note 3 could be marketed as the Galaxy Note 3 Active, coming complete with waterproof and dustproof accreditation.

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Hamish Campbell

October 3, 2013, 9:22 pm

Unbreakable will be fantastic, the only issue with be susceptibility to scratches, which is usually the trade off when going for plastic rather than hardened glass.

The curving seems a bit pointless except for reminding you that you've got a flexible display, makes sense from a marketing point of view.

アリス

October 4, 2013, 7:29 am

yes that is true, it will be more to just show off, not much useful. i would rather wait galaxy note 5, it will have a better chance for the real "curved" display, or perhaps scrollable display.

Alvin

October 4, 2013, 8:22 am

I agree that a curved screen seems pointless. When you hold your phone up to your ear the only thing that needs to be in contact is the speakers to your ear. It is not as if you need the microphone as close to your mouth as possible - if anything you're more likely to pick up the muffle of air flowing from your mouth.

The only point I can imagine having a flexible screen may be if the entire phone is flexible and can be folded into a smaller package (although this introduces problems of longevity with each moving part / flexible circuit board). A flexible screen incased in a traditional hard phone shell is merely one of marketing and just seems like a gimmick.

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