LG has announced its first bendable OLED TV that works completely flat or as a curved screen. The LG OLED Flex (model LX3) is a 42-inch OLED TV that bends into a curved (900R) TV thanks to LG’s latest display technology. Curved screens are suitable for a more immersive gaming experience, while flat screens are better for watching broadcast TV or streaming services.
LG OLED Flex owners can automatically bend and adjust the TV in curved mode using a dedicated button on the TV remote. (Unlike some morphing monitors that need to be adjusted manually). There are two presets or owners can adjust the curve of the display in five percent increments through 20 different levels.
LG is really marketing its 42-inch bendable display to gamers, thanks to a host of features that console or PC gamers will find appealing. The LX3 supports Dolby Vision gaming at 4K 120Hz and includes the latest HDMI 2.1 features such as variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM). LG also supports Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync technologies to reduce tearing and stuttering during games.
This TV certainly looks more like a giant monitor, and there’s even a height-adjustable stand that also lets you tilt the screen towards or away from you. There are also game modes that allow you to shrink the 42-inch screen to 32- or 27-inch sizes if you don’t want to play certain games on the full size of the TV. LG also has a built-in game app with custom screensavers and shortcuts to Twitch and YouTube.
Gamers can also use LG’s Multi View mode to watch content from two different sources simultaneously. So you could use the LG Flex to play a PC or console game, while simultaneously watching a YouTube video streamed from a phone to the TV.
LG is one of the first to introduce a truly bendable OLED TV. Corsair just announced its 45-inch bendable gaming monitor, and Chinese TV manufacturer Skyworth announced its own flexible transforming TV last year. If you’re struggling to choose between a flat or curved monitor or TV, manufacturers are clearly gearing up for TVs and monitors that can offer both modes.
LG has not released any prices for its new LG OLED Flex TV, nor a release date. The LG Flex can be seen this week at the IFA in Germany. We’ll be taking a closer look at this new bendable TV once IFA opens later this week.