Skip to main content

LG is preparing to build flexible POLED displays for cars

LG LN450W monitor logo
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The tech world is changing pretty darn quickly, and within a few years the flexible display could be an extremely important part of our digital lives. LG is trying to stay ahead of the curve, and is reportedly set to start production of the plastic OLED, or POLED display for use in wearables, phones, and even cars, starting next year.

To prepare for ramping up its production, LG has brought in some new equipment to its factory in Gumi, South Korea, and will start supplying POLED displays to clients in the first half of next year.

POLED is an interesting take on the OLED display — it takes OLED technology, but instead of using glass it uses a type of plastic, permitting flexible displays. That includes use in things like flexible smartphones, such as the one Samsung is developing, but it also includes cars.

In fact, LG currently has a partnership with Audi to supply folded OLED displays for Audi’s cars. There are plenty of places this could be used, including a car infotainment system, however it’s likely some of the uses for POLED displays haven’t yet been incorporated in cars — for example, displays that show what’s behind the car in place of a rear-view mirror, as in BMW’s mirrorless i8 concept car.

OLED in general is being widely adopted by tech companies of late — even Apple is reportedly looking into replacing the LCD display on the iPhone with an OLED display. There are a number of reasons why OLED has an advantage — not only does it produce deeper colors, but it also doesn’t use as much battery.

It will be interesting to see how much of the market LG ends up supplying. The company is clearly looking to play a big role in the rise of the POLED, but it’s sure to have competition from the likes of Samsung.

Editors' Recommendations

Christian de Looper
Christian’s interest in technology began as a child in Australia, when he stumbled upon a computer at a garage sale that he…
The 6 best LG smartphones of all time, ranked
FM Radio

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you somehow aren’t already aware, LG is officially exiting the mobile world. In our business, news like this is never worth celebrating. Competition breeds innovation, and LG’s mobile forays were nothing if not innovative. And so, what better way to honor its decadeslong contributions than by waxing nostalgia over its best devices of all time? Or perhaps you grieve differently, preferring instead to examine the uglier side of the LG’s legacy? I’ve got that covered, too.
No. 6: LG V20

While its older sibling, the V10, had a lot of bark and little bite, the V20 offered some truly unrivaled features. Though not the first phone with a focus on audio quality, it brought to the table LG’s very first Quad DAC as well as three microphones that together enabled high-fidelity audio recording and playback as well as support for FLAC files. All of that might sound buzzy and confusing for the uninitiated, but for audiophiles, this is what has made LG the only manufacturer worth supporting for much of its later years.

Read more
Goodbye, LG Mobile. We’re going to miss you
lg mobile obituary phones obit

LG has announced the closure of its mobile division, and there’s a chance you may not fully grasp what a blow to the mobile industry this really is. After all, the company’s most recent phones haven’t received the attention they perhaps deserve, and have been overshadowed by Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OnePlus, and a host of Chinese brands making inroads into Europe, such as Xiaomi and Oppo.

However, it wasn’t always that way, and LG created a host of influential, creative, and fun smartphones that not only set trends, but also included successful design and usability features that set them apart from others. I’ve been fortunate enough to join LG on a lot of its phone journey, using many of the good, the bad, and the very, very mad phones it has produced over the past years. Here are just a few examples of why I’m going to miss having LG in the mobile industry.
The early years
LG’s design creativity shone through right from the start with its analog mobile phones released in the late 2000s. The Black Label series, which featured the LG Chocolate, LG Shine, and LG Secret are icons of the era, all embracing the popular slider design where the screen covered the alphanumeric keyboard until it was needed. The LG Crystal continued this, but with a transparent keyboard for an additional cool factor.

Read more
LG finally leaving the smartphone biz through shutdown or sale?
lg velvet review back edge

LG may not be making phones for much longer. The company is considering dropping its smartphone business, according to a new report from The Korea Herald, with CEO Kwon Bong-seok having sent out a message to staff today hinting that there will be a major change to the company's smartphone plans.

While LG has some die-hard fans, the move would make business sense considering the state of its smartphone lineup. According to the report, LG's smartphone division has lost around $4.5 billion over the past five years.

Read more