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    LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    A 'global software business' based in the US will be its main customer.
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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    'global software business' = Microsoft? Only other option is google or facebook which I don't see as very likely...

    (Of course it could be related to the new Nexus models?)
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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Could be smoke and mirrors to hide the true customer. Everyone is going to think "Microsoft" given that description! If it is Microsoft, they might as well have written "Microsoft"!

    100,000 times unfolding is fairly decent. A phone could be unfolded 100 times a day for three years before the display started breaking. It would provide a 7"-8" tablet within a standard mobile phone form factor (probably a fat mobile phone however).

    I wonder what downside the technology has - for example, lower resolution, image quality, etc.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Beat me to it cheesemp, my bet would be on Microsoft seeing as their phone buisness isn't doing all that well.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Microsoft courier mk2 was my first thought, I can't see it being facebook (don't really class them as software) but google is a maybe as a module for project ara.

    But then I started thinking a little more, a lot of companies seem to be focusing on the digital 'notepad and pen' so it could be adobe or evermotion as outside bets too. Having said that global software business could also include several linux distro's (ubuntu for example) as they're supported by some major brands too

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Quote Originally Posted by sykobee View Post
    Could be smoke and mirrors to hide the true customer.
    Could well be, especially as Samsung filed a patent for a foldable phone just a few weeks ago.
    Then again companies file speculative patents all the time don't they.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Could well be, especially as Samsung filed a patent for a foldable phone just a few weeks ago.
    seriously, the patent system is just so broken it's stupid.... I saw designs like that at uni 10+ years ago if not before, not to mention flexible display ideas have been around as long if not longer. Also didn't someone bring out an eink version of that patent, at least to prototype level anyway.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    I want one of them foldable screen phones with the physical QWERTY keyboard!!

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Foldable means it has to be thin, which should mean it is light, which means it would be ideal for making a VR headset.

    That would point me at Microsoft or Valve.

    Edit to add: Would you call Google a software business? I think of them as advertising, but they could be a possible.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Google were my second thought.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    VR won't benefit much if at all from a flexible display. At best you can add one-axis cylindrical curvature, but this just means you need to use asymmetric lenses. And if you're using asymmetric lenses, you may as well stick with a cheaper (volume production) and higher quality (smoother substrate) flat display panel and compensate in the optics.

    Now a TWO-axis curvature display panel would be useful, and would allow for things like reflective rather than refractive optics. But two-axis curvature requires the substrate and panel to STRETCH rather than merely flex, something that no manufacturer has demonstrated even with a lab prototype.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Quote Originally Posted by edzieba View Post
    VR won't benefit much if at all from a flexible display. At best you can add one-axis cylindrical curvature, but this just means you need to use asymmetric lenses. And if you're using asymmetric lenses, you may as well stick with a cheaper (volume production) and higher quality (smoother substrate) flat display panel and compensate in the optics.

    Now a TWO-axis curvature display panel would be useful, and would allow for things like reflective rather than refractive optics. But two-axis curvature requires the substrate and panel to STRETCH rather than merely flex, something that no manufacturer has demonstrated even with a lab prototype.
    Read again, I was ignoring the folding aspect and saying I was expecting them to have a weight advantage. Traditional LCD displays are on glass, and that is heavy. Glass doesn't fold well, so I assume these are different. It would also be nice if you trip over something while wearing your VR headset to not end up with broken glass flying around your face.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    The stumbling block will remain the battery likely not being foldable, needing a block for that. If they can make foldable batteries too then it'd be great.

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    Re: LG said to be mass producing foldable display products

    Quote Originally Posted by kellyharding View Post
    The stumbling block will remain the battery likely not being foldable, needing a block for that. If they can make foldable batteries too then it'd be great.
    Can they not just have two smaller cells with a wire connecting them in series?

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