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Looking at the path the mobile technology space is on, it is reasonable to expect flexible displays to be a standard feature in tomorrow’s smartphones.
In fact, even today, the flexible display market continues to grow as more vendors join the bandwagon and many believe some flexibility, even if limited, will be a part of displays in the next 10 years.
This market as of now includes manufacturers like Samsung, LG and a few others who are actively participating in driving flexible display technology further.
Interestingly however, China’s involvement in flexible display technology has been next to nothing, something that has been surprising given how aggressively the country adopts new technologies.
All that is about to change now though since EDO Technologies from Shanghai announced that they’ve been working on a 5.6 inch WQHD flexible AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440.
The flexible display, which is going to be the first of its kind in China, is just the start according to EDO, as the company pledges to continue developing the technology further and becoming a leader in the flexible display market.
Up until now, most of the investment in the flexible display market was done by Koreans, with the two giants Samsung and LG at the forefront.
Both manufacturers recently released their flagship Android devices featuring flexible displays, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge and LG’s G Flex 1 and 2.
According to reports, Japanese companies are not much behind the Koreans either and now that EDO have announced their efforts, the competition has become tougher.
China’s involvement in the market is expected to act as a catalyst due to its aggressive approach, and Chinese manufacturers, though not as powerful as the Korean giants, are steadily making inroads into the global market.
Some of the major Chinese brands producing Android devices include Xiaomi, OnePlus, Lenovo and Huawei, all of which are capable of giving any major OEM good competition.
Now, if EDO manages to collaborate with local OEMs, we can expect flexible displays to become more common, even in affordable phones.
Given China’s track record, all this may even happen sooner than we expect. What do you guys think? How will China’s entry into the flexible display market affect the industry as a whole? Comment below to let us know.