Now both companies are looking to sell the first flexible display smartphone, with Samsung about to announce a new smartphone in the coming months and the LG Z1 apparently the newest brand with a flexible display.
The LG Z1 will come with a curved display but we are not sure how curved the smartphone will be and if the user can bend the phone. Early prototypes showed the flexible display, but would it be flexible encased in plastic or metal, we are unsure.
We also expect the LG Z1 to be a top of the line smartphone, conflicting with the just released LG G2. The phone will have more durability and a smaller screen size, but we cannot see how the flexible display will flesh into a new brand unless the smartphone is fully flexible.
Impressive as the move is to flexible displays, we cannot help but feel it is a little overwhelming to create a new brand and push the technology out as quickly as possible. Perhaps LG should implement the flexible display on the LG G3, whenever that comes out and not worry about making a new brand for one new feature.
The LG Z1 is expected to come sometime in the next few months, with Samsung preparing an announcement before the end of the year or at CES 2014 in January. We have also heard about Apple implementing a flexible display for the iWatch, the iOS designed smartwatch.
There may be a conflict of interest with the name, with Sony’s main flagship named the Xperia Z1. Sony wants to build a brand name with the Z1, with the Z1 Mini and the possibility of a phablet sized Z1 Max and LG’s efforts may disrupt that move.