Many of us are attracted to foldable devices not only because of the novelty associated with them but also because they are something new and less boring than just a slab of glass. With Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3 launching for USD 999, foldable devices are on the path of the mainstream smartphone market. But mobile devices with moving parts are definitely not going to be very durable. Folding displays are not only weaker but also have creases in the middle of the display. LG Chem, promises to improve these shortcomings with their new foldable technology.
‘Real Folding Window’ is what the company is calling their new technology developed for foldable IT devices. LG is also planning on implementing this technology even for Laptops and Tablets, thus the name IT devices.
LG’s, ‘Real Folding Window’, is basically a new material that is thicker by a few dozen micrometres (㎛) on both sides of PET film, which is a type of thin plastic, to enhance heat-resistance and mechanical properties of plastic materials.
LG says that its foldable displays are better and more durable
A spokesperson from LG Chem said, “Unlike existing polyimide films and tempered glass-type materials, the cover window that applied LG Chem’s new coating technologies will maximize flexibility, while also providing optimized solutions for foldable phones such as making improvements to chronic issues like fold impressions on the connecting part of the screen.”
This screen will be thinner in comparison to the current tempered glass with the same hardness and won’t even crack when bent. Even after folding 200,000 times, the durability of the display is maintained. LG says that these displays can also be folded outwards unlike the current foldable devices that can only be folded inwards.
These displays will also be priced higher than the current displays which is expected since these are claimed to be more durable.
The main question that arises now is, when will foldables with these screens be available? Well, LG Chem plans to procure mass production abilities by 2022 and begin full-scale sales of the product from 2023. So you can probably expect this display technology in foldable devices launching 2 years from now.