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Samsung Plans to Announce a Device With A Curved Screen Next Month

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At an event in South Korea last night where Samsung was showing off their newest devices, the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, it was overheard that Samsung has plans for more devices this year. This next device will be able to “differentiate” itself from Samsung’s other devices, however, because it will involve a curved display. 

“We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October,” is the direct quote from D.J. Lee, Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing. Unfortunately for us, Samsung execs were not keen on dropping any more hints about this new product, so all we can expect is to see it announced sometime within the coming months.

We have seen a lot of patents and prototypes of new curved and flexible displays from Samsung before, all the way back in January at CES. Could this be that device, ready for primetime?

Via: Reuters

  • Pat Leck

    Cool phone, we’ll see how well it does in this consumer market.

    http://68e1509c.theseforums.com

  • Crabby T-Flo

    Samsung, we need UPDATES!

  • Gasaraki

    What’s old is new again….

  • Mike Hilal

    So they want to guarantee it’s useless outdoors. Interesting.

  • richkoos

    I’m getting tired of this rumor.

  • Immolate

    They’ve got curved screens… Curved. Screens.

    /homage

  • Droid Ronin

    The Galaxy Gear should have had a curved display from the get-go, similar to how they showed it in the mockups.

  • Guy Pierce

    Noooooooooo… accessories!

  • Frettfreak

    They had curved display (well at least the glass was) on the nexus s and I think the galaxy nexus. But who cares. If this isn’t flexible then it doesn’t matter to me. Imo the curved screen kinda sucked. It was impossible to get a screen protector to fit right and I didn’t personally find it any easier to use. Let’s hope they have something actually new up their sleeve…

    • Mike Hilal

      it sucks because devices are not useful where there is strong overhead light

    • david

      I have a Galaxy Nexus and my xo skin applied perfectly.
      GNex screen is about as curved as they get. Still, no problems.
      I quite like it, actually.

  • Jeremy Gross

    galaxy nexus?

  • Tizen Beast

    Curved display Tizen smartphone, only available overseas at first. Actually works with Galaxy Gear (amazing)…. Called it.

  • Dug

    Other reports show that it is the Note 3 Active w/flexible screen and waterproof and is to be released in October..

  • Bruce Wayne

    As long as it’s waterproof (like my xperia ultra), front facing speakers (like htc one), no side or top buttons (like lg g2), 5.9″or greater display with no hard buttons and a hole for the stylus…. I’m in.

  • frankie

    a major phone (the second best-selling android line) is being launched today DL i wonder if you will cover it extensively?

    • Bruce Wayne

      What phone?

      • frankie
        • zurginator

          DL rarely covers release dates, but they did cover the announcement quite extensively.

          • frankie

            as this is the release of a major android phone which a lot of people are interested in as well as for the gear, shouldn’t they be covering it?

          • zurginator

            Besides “This phone released today, here is a link to the 30 articles we wrote on it”, there really isn’t much to cover.

            They’ve already done hands-on, so the only thing left is a review (which takes much longer than a day).

          • frankie

            yeah im interested in their review as well, most of the reviews so far have been very good

          • ToddAwesome

            Nothing to cover that hasn’t already been covered.

          • frankie

            well they can cover what countries have gotten it by now and how the reception has been so far such as what mirror did, or least post pics of the launch/release

          • ToddAwesome

            the internet is a big place, I’m sure you can find what you’re looking for.

  • hkklife

    My ideal Samsung device (GPE variants aside, of course) would be something with Note3-style specs BUT no S-Pen and a screen size around 5.3″. Also, better build quality/materials (to a point, as long as they keep the removable battery & expandable storage) would be nice too. And I would love to see Sammy start to downplay Touchwiz or at least introduce a version of the skin that’s more like what Moto has been doing with Blur for the past few years. A high-end t non-GalaxyS or Note line would make a perfect platform as a lower volume way to test premium materials, curved screens or certain software tweaks.

  • EC8CH

    But will it come in GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD?

    • T4rd

      And have a fingerprint scanner?!

      • Corey Foltman

        And be waterproof?!?

        • EC8CH

          They’ll just send out a software updated later to add waterproofing.

          • Frettfreak

            Best four comments in a row!

  • Ian

    GNex2

  • Rammstein

    If my phone can’t do this, I don’t want the flexible display

    • zurginator

      I think the question is: “Why would you want it to do that?”, as well as: “Have fun with the brick part.”

      • Gato Mafioso

        I guess you don’t understand sarcasm.

        • zurginator

          I speak it fluently – the issue is that an overwhelming number of people seem to actually want flexible displays, and there is no easy way to read sarcasm over text.

          • frankie

            we dont know yet exactly what plans samsung has for youm but personally i think its very interesting and could very well change the status quo of smartphones right now. the possibilities are huge

          • zurginator

            I see zero practical possibilities for a flexible phone screen, just a lot of really cool things to put on TV.

            The inherent issue with a flexible display is that it’s flexible. It’s not fun watching movies on something that moves. You can’t use it without bracing it on another surface. One-handed operation is completely out of the equation. This of course is dependant on how flexible the screen really is. Independent of that is the fact that if it’s laminated, eventually there will be creases and such. Additionally you can’t use a hard surface (like glass) on top of it, so it’ll be both easy to scratch and easy to puncture.

            Now are there uses for flexible displays? Absolutely (banners, for example). But keeping a flexible display as a touch surface brings more issues than it’s worth.

          • Raven

            Look at the Sci-Fi’s Earth: Final Conflict (Global) and Red Planet (HAC Map) to see some good future concepts of how flexible displays could be used practically.

          • zurginator

            I did specify touch-based devices (phones) for a reason, displays themselves have lots of possibilities. I have not yet checked those you have mentioned though, I’ll get back to you on that.

          • JBartcaps

            Yes there is, and he used it flawlessly. /s = sarcasm

          • zurginator

            That was edited in, fyi.

      • FknTwizted

        this is why it would be awesome!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3x-bAWZWPM

        • zurginator

          While the first option is somewhat viable, the question comes up of how you’re going to protect the screen. Anything bonded to the screen is going to end up bubbling at the seam with repeated use. Also it’ll be easy to scratch/puncture, as is the case with soft materials. Something worth experimenting with though.

          The second one isn’t remotely viable because there is nothing there to support it. Also quite frankly it offers no improvements over current devices.

  • Buur

    Hopefully it is curved so steeply that TouchWiz slides right off.

    • JoshGroff

      *tips hat*

    • Adam Truelove

      Perhaps the physical buttons will slide off too.

      • T4rd

        The front button isn’t a bad trade-off, IMO. It makes it much easier to wake the phone since you naturally grab/hold the phone at the bottom already and if it’s laying on my desk, I don’t have to reach around the side and grab both sides to press the side button. Sounds minor, but I think I prefer it coming from the Gnex to my Note 2. I still hate that the capacitive keys are backwards though; the back button should be on the left side like every other phone.

        • zurginator

          I just wish more phones would start adapting smart-on features (like gravity screen), and move away from all physical buttons (removable battery would be a must for such devices though).

          Also I really want a phone to have a notification LED visible on the back of the device (or bottom edge).

          • FknTwizted

            only reason i care about a removable battery is resetting a device when all fails and i can get another battery when this one dies to allow the device to live past its expiration date.

          • zurginator

            Yeah, battery pull is why I said it would be needed. With a power button, just hold for 8.

            Replacing batteries isn’t usually too hard regardless, so I don’t worry about it.

          • Gasaraki

            There’s this phone called the LG G2 I just heard about…

        • Cory_S

          PGM nexus on my Nexus 4 is awesome for waking the device. I’d prefer something like that over a button.

        • Pakmann2k

          When I grab my Gnex and pick it up with one hand, it is in the palm of my hand with the power button naturally placed under my index finger. I am not disagreeing with you, I am just saying that I am so used to this configuration now. Whenever I use someone else’s phone, it drives me nuts fingering the edges looking for a power button. My favorite thing I always liked about the GNEX was a “clean” front. No logos, no buttons, just black screen.

        • FknTwizted

          don’t mind the capacative keys just wish they would have implemented it with the N2, cause i find myself constantly trying to tap them with my s-pen

        • SA_NYC

          Yeah, that back button being on the right is the one really stinky thing about the Note 2, which otherwise I love. (Yes I know I can swap sides if I root it, but embarrassingly I haven’t figured out how to do this yet on my Verizon unit.)

          • Feed Jake

            No worries. I had the same trouble with mine. Adam Outlet’s tool is the only way I’ve found. But it’s harder to get it to work than many think. I had to basically erase everything from my Windows computer to get it to detect the phone. But honestly, the dev community is pretty weak for such a popular device. And every ROM has the same issues with GPS and sleep/wake. I’m running CM10.2 just for a change of pace. But I’m going back to stock for S-pen apps.

          • sk3litor

            Yeah I think because most people buy this phone (note 2) for the pen and features and as long as is has that great battery and a great processor there’s no real reason to run custom roms.you can hide bloatware. The only thing I wish they would impliment is to be able to change the colors. I still feel like im running gingerbread. They already stole 8g froms us whats another 500m to be able to change all the colors. Id love to have all my status bar icons in red.

  • Alex Farra

    Its called the galaxy nexus…

    • JoshGroff

      2! (A guy can hope, right?)

    • zurginator

      Yeah, but that (and the Nexus S) is a flat panel mounted to a shaped piece of glass (flat on one side, concave on the other).

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Yup. If anyone has had to replace the body on a G-Nex, that’s exactly what it looks like.

      • CasperTFG

        “Here’s an image for the dumbass who downvoted me”

        Classic…

        • FknTwizted

          WHAT DO WE WANT?! DOWN VOTES! WHO DO WE WANT THEM FROM?! TURD BURGLARS!

      • Intellectua1

        Down voting runs rampant here. I’ve learned to love it..

        • flosserelli

          Wear them proudly like a merit badge.

    • david

      No kidding.
      There is still not a nicer device than the galaxy nexus.
      They keep trying… but as of yet… there is not a nicer device, in my opinion and experience.