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LG’s ‘Real Folding Window’ screens can banish Samsung’s foldable screens

LG may have exited the smartphone market, but LG’s chemical division is still focused on technology that can redefine the foldable device segment.

The company has announced its Real Folding Window technology, which it claims is just as tough as the glass used in current foldable screens, but benefits from the flexibility of plastic.

The technology, which will be launched in 2023, will prevent cracks, despite its thinner structure, and will offer “dramatically improved fold lines in the fold area compared to current products”.

This is significant since one of the criticisms of Samsung’s ever-improving foldable phones is that there is a very visual splitting down the center of the screens.

LG says the technology will appear inside smartphones first and foremost before moving to laptops and tablets. It is not clear if any of the releases will be first-party projects, but LG plans to work with “leaders”.

In a media release, Head of IT Materials Division, Vice President, Chang Do Ki said: “We will strengthen our partnerships with leading smartphone manufacturers and expand our market from mobile phones to new foldable applications such as laptops and tablets.”

LG’s exit from the mobile market came shortly after the release of the strange dual-screen LG Wing, which deployed a rotating second screen. However, the company also ditched what looked like a promising prototype for a foldable phone that was probably years from release, but is also a palatable option compared to the current range of foldable devices.

However, LG left the market entirely citing an “incredibly competitive segment” that was absorbing the company’s resources and ability to innovate in other areas.

It will give the company more flexibility to “focus resources in growth areas such as electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence, and business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services.” The statement was back in April.