LG curved-screen smartphones coming in 2014

LG is the latest company to announce curved screen smartphones with a range of devices set to be announced next year.

The company boasts the display will be the “world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones” when released next year. Like Samsung before it, the panel will be curved from top to bottom and differs from LG’s curved OLED TVs that curve from side to side.

“The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year,” said Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, executive VP and CTO of LG Display.

LG’s curved 6in display will be vertically concave from top to bottom and have a radius of 700mm. It will be just 0.44mm thin, making it the thinnest flexible OLED panel, and in addition it will weigh just 7.2g.

Figures from IHS Display Bank quoted by LG in its press release state the global flexible display industry will grow to become a $1.5 billion [£930 million] market by 2016 and be worth over $10 billion [£6.2 billion] by 2019.

The LG announcement follows a similar one made by Samsung earlier this year with the latter’s first device to be launched later this month. Samsung debuted Youm flexible display technology at the CES consumers electronics trade show last January and the two companies should have curved screen smartphones at the 2014 show.

Last year saw the two same companies bring curved screen OLED TVs to the show with the screens having a price tag of around £7,000 and until the price drops it’s unlikely the TVs will enjoy a large measure of success.