LG will construct an entire factory to build flexible phone screens

lg display flexible screen factory news flex 2
LG thinks the future of smartphones is flexible and foldable, and is investing nearly $1 billion in making this sci-fi vision become a reality. According to the Wall Street Journal, LG Display is preparing to build a brand new factory in South Korea dedicated to making flexible screens, in an effort to meet the demand it expects from smartphone manufacturers over the next few years. The astonishing $907 million cost of the factory, spread over a two-year period, was revealed in a regulatory filing, and work will begin on it after September.

The factory won’t only concentrate on the flexible screens we’ve seen so far either. LG Display says once up and running, the factory should be able to produce foldable screens for use not only on phones and wearables, but in cars too.

LG rollable OLED display flexible rollable

LG Display

LG Display is no stranger to flexible screens, and this new factory proves its commitment to widely producing some of the amazing concept tech it has shown off recently. In May, the company demonstrated a giant 55-inch rollable OLED display that could be stuck to the wall using magnets, following on from a 22-inch version it made in 2014.

It’s also been using flexible screens to great effect in its mobile products. A bendy, P-OLED screen is used in the G Flex 2 smartphone, and a smaller, circular version in the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane smartwatches. LG Display’s work on flexible screens is accompanied by LG Chem’s continued efforts to create equally malleable batteries for use in flexible, foldable devices.

When could we see the first flexy efforts emerge from LG Display’s new factory? It won’t be tomorrow, considering it hasn’t even been built yet. However, a leaked LG product roadmap put foldable and rollable screens being available from 2017 onwards — right at the end of the two-year investment period LG’s committed to for its new factory.

Business

Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

QLED and OLED may have similar names, but they're totally different technologies

The names may look almost identical, but OLED and QLED are two entirely different beasts. In our QLED vs. OLED battle, we dissect the differences between these dueling TV technologies, and help determine which might be best for you.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Mobile

Here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPad, step by step

The ability to capture screenshots may not be the iPad's most glamorous feature, but it's one of its most useful. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on an iPad, whether it's an iPad Pro from 2018 or an older iPad model.
Mobile

5G phones make a lot of promises. Here’s what to really expect

There has been a lot of marketing copy expounding the potential benefits of 5G networks, but a lot less on the practical implications of 5G smartphones. There's a reason for that.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Social Media

Here’s how to save someone’s Instagram Story to your phone

Curious about how to save someone's Instagram Story to your phone? Lucky for you, it can be done -- but it does take a few extra steps. Here's what you need to know to save Instagram Stories on both iOS and Android.
Wearables

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Business

Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile is dead: Switch to iOS or Android, Microsoft says

A Microsoft support page detailed the company's plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile in less than a year. Users with devices powered by the platform are suggested to switch to iOS or Android devices.
Mobile

How to use iOS 12’s Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords

Keeping track of all your passwords and accounts can be a real chore. If you use an iPhone with iOS 12, then you don't have to. Here's how to use iOS 12's own password manager to autofill passwords.