Take a look at the history of smartphones; you can get a variety of smartphones in different sizes and shapes. Smartphone designs travel from plain phones to flip phones, from slider phones to touch screens, and currently, we are going towards the innovation of folding smartphones. We can see all these phones in different sizes from barely bigger than your thumb to large ones covering the palm of your hand, from round to rectangular shapes. Even, we had smartphones specifically designed for music enthusiasts and game lovers.
We have been pretty much stuck with the traditional candy bar shape. We wish, our smartphone will be the most powerful phone than anyone with a sidekick or might be imagined by blackberry. But we have not much seen by way of aesthetic innovation as far as design goes.
2018 is the year through which all these things might be changing.
It is declared by the South Korean IT news site that LG Display is going to produce foldable displays for smartphones in 2018. But it’s not only for LG Electronics, they also going to supply this technology to Google, Apple, and Microsoft. This entail of technology will hit the market soon and it might be happening in early 2018. Some of the big names in the smartphone industry might be the potential competitors of this technology and try to launch their own version of folding display phones.
Debates on foldable smartphone technology take place occasionally on different forums but everyone is looking for when it hits the market finally. It doesn’t be like a welcome departure from the traditional smartphone design that we are currently seeing with every new launch and looking for more durable and adaptable devices.
Till now, only Samsung with their EDGE technology taken a step to repel the boundaries of current smartphone design. Slightly change in design, making the screen of smartphones curvy around the edge of the smartphone for some added functionality. In recent years, Samsung had already applied for patent rights presumably for the expected model of a fully foldable smartphone.
Until now, the development of new technology for foldable smartphones assumed as a pressing matter by Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display. They introduce their prototypes to their potential customers and show their strong intentions to lead the market in this technology. They have presented videos on their concept of foldable smartphones.
On the other hand, LG Electronics and LG Displays did not release much content about technology on foldable smartphones as compared to its competitor Samsung. This may be due to the lack of market growth in their smartphones business. LG Display gained global manufacturers in the form of partners. Expected first buyers of LG Display’s foldable smartphone technology are Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
Before that, the experiment of the first consumer-grade display with the ability to fold in three without damage can be demonstrated by Semiconductor Energy Laboratory. At this stage, Apple also happens to have some flexible devices that are why the company had got the patent rights for carbon nanotube circuits that would be used in the production of flexible electronic devices.
With all this gossip about smartphone technology, we are looking for a lot of inventions in the smartphone technology industry in 2018.