LG G Flex screen defect leads to bumpy displays


LG G Flex CES 2014 IMG_0057

LG’s G Flex smartphone uses a forward-thinking flexible display, but is the technology still a bit ahead of its time? A new report from The Korea Times explores what seems to be a common screen defect associated with the smartphone: small bumps forming on the display. [Watch our LG G Flex hands-on]

The problem typically manifests as two bumps on the display, according to a Korean mobile retailer who has seen the issue affect nearly every G Flex to come through his shop. The bumps should disappear over time, according to LG. The company, acknowledging the issue, suggests that massaging the lumps out of the display is typically effective.

The formation of defects is directly related to the G Flex’s flexible display technology. LG says the bumps are a result of excessive force and stresses on the device and warns that applying such pressure is not recommended. LG sees the phone’s flexibility as a way to make the device more durable, not as a nifty party trick (at least not at this stage). A spokesperson for the Korea Display Industry Association claims LG was well aware of issues related to their curved OLED display, and while hesitant to do so decided to push forward with a release of the G Flex.

There is no indication that LG has found a way to eliminate the issue at the production level, which likely means US consumers can expect similar bumps when the G Flex launches later this quarter on T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. Something tells us the American market will be a little less forgiving.

[via Korea Times]

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  1. After having a slightly curved display on my Galaxy Nexus, I can’t see why anyone would want a curved display, except maybe those people silly enough to put a $600 piece of electronics with a glass face in their back pocket, and then knowingly sit on it.

    1. The galaxy nexus never had a curved display. It had a curved glass surface, but the panel underneath it was still flat.

      1. This. Well said and accurate.

        I did like that slightly concave feel of my Galaxy Nexus’ glass. Felt pleasing to swipe around on.

  2. LG has lost points in my book. Granted, curved displays are first generation and all the *ahem* kinks need to ironed out, but for them to say that they knew about this and not offer any compensation to the people affected is just bad handling of the issue. If LG or anyone else wants to have the guts to push new technology, they better be willing to deal with the issues that pop up. Perhaps a free $25 android gift card?

    1. “…all the kinks need to be ironed out”?

      Pun intended?

  3. You’re flexing it wrong….

    1. I see what you did there……..

  4. Not cool LG, not cool. Reminds me of Samsung and their mediocre watch release.

    Well at least you can massage em out.

  5. I’m not sure I understand the need for a curved display on a phone in it’s current form. I understand if you are going to wrap around a wrist or something of that nature. Curving the glass, just to show you can doesn’t seem very innovative to me. What am I missing?

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    2. I thought it was for added durability.

  6. USA-ians!! Let us gather and stop this treachery!! I should be able to bend my phone as much as I want without display issues. It says the phone can bend, so I should be able to bend the phone!!

    I’m glad I didn’t get this phone. I would bend the phone just to bend it. This is why I get cheap cases. I just pick at them and they pill apart. =.S

    My phone would have SO many bumps. LoL!!

  7. you are all pathetic. Let the technology grow.

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