One of the latest and most promising innovations in the smartphone technology is the flexible OLED display that is said to be virtually unbreakable. Both of the South Korean tech giants Samsung and LG had taken the initiative in integrating this state-of-the-art technology to their smartphones resulting to the Galaxy Round and the G Flex respectively. But then, a lot of consumers and analysts alike were disappointed that the smartphone itself isn’t flexible; bluntly, it’s just a bendable display together with solid components in an inflexible casing. According to Sascha Segan, a mobile analyst at PC Mag, Samsung and LG are “really just using this to jump-start that curved screen production so we start seeing curved screens on other devices early next year.” If this innovation will be given much attention, it can result to a future where smartphones are completely bendable.
The G Flex is dubbed as the Wolverine from X-Men of smartphones due to its capability to auto-regenerate from damages. At first, many were skeptical about this self-healing feature. The promotional video released by LG itself wasn’t enough to obliterate the cynicism in the minds of mobile consumers, but everything changed when YouTube personality/ video producer Marques Brownlee put the device to the test. In the video, he scratches the dorsal portion of the phone using a set of keys. In a matter of a few seconds, the scratch marks were greatly reduced though not completely removed. Nonetheless, they became less apparent and slightly invisible to the naked eye. And if that’s not enough, he took out a knife to carve a deeper scratch into the back part of the phone. Brownlee notes that the “scar” half-healed. Even so, the scratch inflicted in the G Flex became less obvious as compared to when it was done to a regular phone.
Brownlee then came up with an analysis for why the theory didn’t work as perfect as how it appeared in LG’s promotional video. As it turns out, the official video clip from the manufacturer was filmed in a controlled temperature environment with the thermostat set to 81 degrees Fahrenheit. And Brownlee believes that the self-healing coating boasted by the G Flex isn’t that effective in cooler climates; the feature will work better in tropical countries. Be that as it may, although it MIGHT not work exactly very well as advertised, the new, regenerative coating that LG incorporates in its first-ever curved smartphone is a diamond in the rough. It became an eye-opener to the possibility of a truly indestructible electronic device. Currently, the G Flex is only available in its motherland; let’s hope that it be available outside of South Korea soon.