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Not a gimmick: LG sees flexible displays on 40% of smartphones by 2020

LG Flexible Display Smartphones

The early returns on smartphones with curved displays such as the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex have been pretty underwhelming so far. But as AndroidCentral reports, LG doesn’t see flexible displays as a mere gimmick and is predicting that they will take up a sizable chunk of the market by the end of the decade. Speaking during a press gathering in San Francisco this week, LG executive Ramchan Woo estimated that 40% of smartphones in 2020 will ship with some sort of curved or flexible display as more consumers will be drawn toward wearable devices that fit naturally on their bodies.

“Also, when you think about it, when you look at something around you, there’s nothing actually flat around your body,” he explained. “Everything around your body is actually curved. So that’s one of the biggest reasons why we chose to make a curved phone.”

In other words, it sounds like we should be thinking a lot less about “flexible” smartphones in the future and more about wearable smartphones.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.