According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, LG is planning to launch a flexible OLED smartphone before the end of 2013.
Some mad flexi-OLED prototypes have been shown off by other companies before, but HP's getting in on the act with screens that could be used for a multitude of purposes, and hopefully as soon as 2013.
One of the main advantages of OLED is that it can be flexible—so flexible, in fact, that it can be wrapped around a pencil. Taking 2007's .3mm prototype Sony's made a new one just 80μm-thick.
Because even aquatic life needs to experience the hype surrounding flexible OLED displays, Kodak dunked one of theirs into a tank of water, turned it on, and recorded what happened next with a few pictures:
The Universal Display Corporation (UDC) have themselves a wrist-worn, flexible OLED prototype that they built with support from the US Department of Defense.
Samsung has unveiled an ultra-thin 'flapping' OLED screen at FPD International 2008, demonstrating the flexibility of the display by letting it bend and flutter in the wind. At a paper-thin .05mm, the 4-inch screen is still able to create an image of 480x272 pixels, with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and 100%…
This is the new LG.Philips 4-inch active matrix OLED. According to LG.Philips, it's the first OLED that is flexible and can show 16.7-million colors all over its 320 x 240 pixels. And is "at 150μm, it's barely thicker than a human hair."