- LG Display is reportedly working on a 13-inch foldable display for use in a Lenovo tablet.
- The company is thought to be aiming to supply the panel to Lenovo in the second half of next year.
- While we have heard plenty about foldable phones, this is the first we have heard about a foldable tablet.
LG Display is reportedly working with Lenovo and is tipped to be manufacturing a 13-inch foldable OLED panel for a tablet. According to a report in Korean news outlet ETNews, LG has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Lenovo and has officially started the project. Citing an industry insider, the news platform says that LG plans to supply the foldable display to Lenovo in the second half of next year.
However it is unclear if we can expect this device to run on Windows or Android, although the former does seem more likely given that Lenovo is more known for their Windows tablets than Android tablets.
Other alleged details about this tablet includes a 13-inch display that when folded could become small enough where it might be roughly the size of a phone, although whether or not it will have phone capabilities remains to be seen, although if it does then using Android probably makes more sense.
ETNews also claims that this is the first time that a company is developing a 13-inch foldable panel. Reportedly, Samsung is developing a 7.3-inch foldable panel and Huawei is working with BOE to develop an 8-inch foldable device. The report also says that LG Display is promoting a bigger-sized foldable display to Dell and LG Electronics. The development comes weeks after LG had confirmed that it is working on a foldable smartphone.
LG had said that it is not gunning to be the first one to launch a foldable display smartphone but it wants to make something that consumers really need. The company has had a history with foldable displays.
Anyone following the development of foldable displays will be aware that this is the first time we have heard of such a device being developed. Both Samsung and Huawei are reportedly working on foldable phones that can be used as small tablets when unfolded. However, these devices are expected to have displays that are around seven or eight inches — only slightly larger than the current generation of phablets.
Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a foldable Surface device. Although, images appeared to suggest this product would be made of two separate screens, not one that folds in half. There is also some confusion about whether or not the project will ever see the light of day.
A 13-inch foldable display, therefore, is on another level entirely. While a 13-inch display that folds in half will likely be much more portable than a 13-inch device that doesn’t, it probably won’t be small enough to be carried around as a phone. This would put the product firmly in the tablet category.
However, ETNews says that this is where LG Display sees the future of foldable displays. As well as Lenovo, the publication reports that it has attempted to garner interest in its 13-inch panels from Dell and LG Electronics.