Thursday January 26, 2017

Japan Display Reveals 5.5-Inch Flexible LCD Display To Compete With OLED

It looks like companies are trying to do whatever they can to put LCD on an equal footing with OLED. Aside from all of the pre-existing issues with LCD, this flexible type that Japan Display is working on (and set to debut in 2018) will also be a lot less sexy, as glass cannot be used and plastic is mandatory. But the biggest potential flaw that came to mind is increased potential for light bleedآ—that usually rears its head when you flex or poke an LCD panel, and here we have a scenario where we're basically doing the former.

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The normal LCD screen is made of glass, and therefore cannot be made to flex and curve around a smartphone. Japan Display says their flexible screen uses plastic instead of glass on both sides of the liquid crystal layer. While it is not quite as flexible as screens based on OLED, Japan Design claims that its product will still be able to be used on curved smartphones similar to the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The company added that the new screen will support Full HD resolutions and can support a driving scheme as low as 15Hz in addition to the normal 60Hz driving scheme. It claims this will allow for lower power consumption in smartphones. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while before this flexible LCD screen starts showing up in smartphones, as Japan Display says it will start mass production sometime in 2018.