There is a new LCD technology announced by Samsung to create the thinnest display at the same time increasing durability. The new LCD incorporates the screen, and a protective layer technology into a unit 0.82mm thick. The new protective layer rests against the glass of the LCD screen which can reduce the thickness of a phone by 1-2.5mm.
Besides reducing thickness it also increases outdoor visibility by eliminating the protective plastic panel and the gap between it and the screen.
The Samsung LCDs is going to be available in sizes up to QVGA in 2007.