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Sharp unveils OLED screens for foldable smartphones and cars

Curved automotive panels to hit market as early as fiscal 2021

Sharp looks to turn its flexible OLED screens into foldable smartphone displays.

OSAKA -- Sharp is set to begin production of organic light-emitting diode panels for foldable smartphones, as the company aims to catch up with competitors that already have moved beyond liquid crystal displays.

The Japan-based manufacturer unveiled a prototype smartphone with a foldable 6.18-inch OLED screen during a media event Wednesday in Tokyo. The screen can be folded 300,000 times without sustaining damage, according to Sharp. The company did not comment on when the product will come to market.

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