LG Z curved screen smartphone

LG has started mass production of 'world's first' flexible OLED screens for smartphones with a device launch expected next month.

Curved screen smartphones will soon be a reality after LG announced its flexible OLED display technology has hit mass production. A handset, rumoured to be the LG Z, with the 6 in bendy panel on-board will be launched in November, according to Reuters.

Samsung is also thought to be launching a smartphone with similar technology so the scene is set for a curved screen battle between the two Korean giants. See also: Samsung to launch curved screen smartphone and gold Galaxy S4.

"LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology," said Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, executive vice president and chief technology officer at LG Display. "The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year."

LG said its flexible OLED panel is built using plastic substrates instead of glass. It said the panel is bendable and unbreakable by attaching a protection film to the back. The display is concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm which opens "up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market". Furthermore, it's the world's lightest at just 7.2 g.

In contrast, Samsung's flexible screen smartphone is said to be curved from side to side. The devices are unlikely to be bendable by the user, rather they will be fixed in place. Previous smartphones such as the Google Nexus S have offered curved screens but to a very slight degree.

Follow Chris Martin and @PCAdvisor on Twitter.