12 October 2021
There are a number of things to be excited about foldable display panels but durability is not one of them. These panels have a higher risk of getting shattered as compared to traditional panels. They also tend to get crease at the place of folding after numerous folding and unfolding. These things are exactly what LG is claiming to fix with its newest technology.
LG Chem has announced Real Folding Window display cover material. Its best part is that it does not rely on display at all and makes use of a special coating made up of undisclosed materials. This coating is used on both sides of a plastic sheet aka PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) film for enhanced durability.
It can be then be applied to a flexible OLED panel that makes it stronger. LG says this will result in a display panel that will last longer as well as gets less crease than other foldable panel options. This new material can be used on a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, foldable, and even rollable display phones.
It should be noted that LG has exited the smartphone market earlier this year. It means we will not be seeing it in any of the LG smartphones but LG does supply display panels to other OEMs. There is a good possibility that we might even see it in Samsung's future foldable phones. However, LG has confirmed that the Real Folding Window tech will go under mass production by the end of 2022 with commercial availability starting in 2023.