During LG’s earnings call, the longtime Samsung rival may have spilled the beans on their plans to release an upcoming smartphone featuring flexible OLED technology inside. We’ve been hearing a lots of talk about flexible displays for months now. In fact, it seems like just before every major Samsung release — whether it’s the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, and now the Galaxy Note 3 — there’s always murmurings that Sammy’s next greatest smartphone will come equipped with the technology. Guess everyone was too focused on Samsung to see LG coming.
According to the The Wall Street Journal, LG’s vice president of mobile Yoon Bu-Hyun confirmed during the company’s earnings call that the South Korean manufacturer plans to release their first smartphone featuring a flexible OLED display, due out sometime during Q4 of this year. This after LG reported a Q1 profit drop of 91% compared to Q1 of 2012 (due mostly to their television division). LG is planning to leverage their display unit to bring this phone to market, and turn things around for 2013, and what better than a phone featuring this cutting edge technology.
Keep in mind we are not talking about an entirely flexible smartphone. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have the alien alloys to make such a device a possible. This more or less pertains to a smartphone with a “wraparound” display which should make for an interesting smartphone design, something that we always welcome from smartphone OEM’s. Have to say, LG’s has proven themselves a true contender in the crowded Android smartphone market. God knows Samsung could use some competition.