For the casual onlookers, new smartphones with flexible displays–like LG’s G Flex and Samsung’s Galaxy Round–look similar to curved smartphones of yore, like the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S. However, a flexible display is different than just a curved phone, even if it’s permanently set into a fixed curve and is not meant to be bent or folded by the user, and LG is finally showing off the benefits of its G Flex.
In a new video, the phone is shown being pressed down into a flat tabletop surface to “unflex” the display and straighten out the 6-inch plastic OLED screen. Despite the amount of repeated force and tension applied in the video, embedded below for your viewing convenience, the phone withstands the torture and abuse.
This is clearly something you wouldn’t–or rather couldn’t and shouldn’t–do to your phone, especially if your phone’s glass display is already curved, such as that on the Galaxy S and Nexus S made by Samsung. Doing the same thing on those phones would likely result in cracked and fractured glass screens, and not a phone that self heals.
And even though flexible displays released on experimental smartphones like the G Flex and Galaxy Round aren’t malleable, the use of a plastic OLED flexible display offers a more resilient and durable phone that is less likely to break, crack, or fracture as a typical phone today would. This would make phones even more rugged to withstand normal day-to-day wear and tear as well as the occasional accidental drops and even more physical abuse.
Another benefit to the LG G Flex is that the plastic on the rear has a self-healing plastic material that could auto-repair itself if there are minor scratches or hairline cracks t the plastic on the rear casing. That, coupled with a more durable display, should make the LG G Flex a little bit more rugged.
Curved phones in the past, like the Samsung Nexus S, use a glass display over a slightly curved AMOLED display panel. This isn’t a fixed flexible display and these phones don’t offer the same benefits as the G Flex.