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LG unveils world's thinnest Full HD LCD smartphone panel

Measuring 5.2 inches long and only 0.08 inch thick, new display panels being developed by LG could prompt the move toward slimmer and lighter mobile devices.

LG Display is working on what it says is the world's slimmest smartphone panel.
LG Display

As companies search for ways to make mobile devices ever-sleeker and lighter, LG Display announced Wednesday that it is coming out with what it claims to be the "world's slimmest full HD LCD panel for smartphones."

The panel is 5.2 inches long and only 2.2 mm thick. LG says that it is the narrowest full HD LCD panel to hit the mobile market. Using touch technology, dual flexible printed circuits, and a direct bonding system, LG says that the number of lines on the panel have been reduced by 30 percent and that this also allows for greater brightness.

"Today's introduction of the world's slimmest full HD LCD panel represents an exciting advancement for the high-end smartphone segment, and is possible due to our world-class expertise in IPS and touch technologies," LG Display's IT and Mobile Development Group's vice president Byeong-Koo Kim said in a statement. "LG Display will continue its commitment to developing products that maximize consumer value as well as opening new doors for the mobile and tablet PC industry."

LG is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to smartphone and tablet display technology. Last month, the company announced it was beginning the mass production of flexible and unbreakable smartphone display panels. The technology used in these bendable display screens is apparently also thinner and lighter than conventional LCD displays.

However, LG isn't the only company working on high-tech displays. Samsung, Nokia, and Apple have been working on flexible smartphone and tablet screens for years. Nokia is also working on the development of graphene for mobile devices, which is the strongest, lightest, and thinnest material on Earth.