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Samsung to Announce Device With Curved Display as Soon as Next Week, LG Not Far Behind

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Last month, it was reported that Samsung would announce a brand new device with a curved display during the month of October, and according to a recent statement from Samsung’s CEO during a Q3 financial call, the device could be announced as soon as next week. Further speculation points to the idea that it could be an extremely limited curved-display Galaxy Note 3 (review here). This has yet to be confirmed by Samsung, but if that is the case and you thought the Note 3 was already too awkward to hold, imagine it with a curved display. 

In addition to what Samsung is working on, it appears that LG isn’t too far behind in the curved display arms race. In a recent tease to ZDNet, LG states that an upcoming device, either named LG Z or Z1 (sorry, Sony), will feature a concave curved display. This device is apparently already in production, with a launch taking place sometime this month.

While the idea of a curved display might be awesome, keep in mind that the entire device or its display will more than likely not be “flexible.” Internal components and circuit boards still have a ways to go before you can start folding our smartphones into our back pockets. Although, the curved displays will allow for thinner bezels and a design that is apparently “unbreakable.”

Should we get excited for a Galaxy Note 3 with curved glass?

Via: Unwired View

  • Gasaraki

    What is old is new again.

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    Presenting the Galaxy S Sag. The curved display that always hangs to the left.

  • Charlie R.

    I really think these first wave devices would be for Korea only. I don’t see them coming Stateside for a while. They definitely won’t be on Verizon, IMO.

    • s0uth

      i agree…

  • nobezel

    Curved device that fits the hand better, or like in that video that came out a while ago (I believe from Samsung) that showed the screen wrapping over onto the side of the device, this could finally be the end of bezels, at least as far as the front face of the phone is concerned. The screen can spill over onto the side and the bezel will be on the side. And, also like that video showed, text would scroll on the side of the phone so that you could get alerts with the phone face down on a table, etc. So I think this might not so much result in crazy curved phones, moreso that screens may now wrap around to finally achieve “no” bezel.

    • nobezel

      I’m thinking the style shown at 1:30 is likely what we’re gonna see first. Screens that just wrap around, not crazy shaped phones.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkAKHw10d-Y

    • Mike Hilal

      Samsung already made curved screen devices…or at least curved glass devices. Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. I dont see what the hubub is about…especially since they’ll just end up being glare machines when used anywhere with direct overhead lighting.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    If the note 3 could fold without hinges, that’d be better than cookies.

  • stabone

    Is LG ever going to not copy Samsung? I feel like almost every post about Samsung I read always mentions LG doing the same thing.

    • stabone

      I know phone companies, like all others, go with trends but LG always blatantly copies Samsung.

      • Adrynalyne

        If Samsung is making the display, and LG is buying it from them, that isn’t copying.

        Not saying that is the case, but it is silly to think that if another company buys and uses the same display, that it is copying.

        • David Narada Brown

          they are both huge display makers and compete with different technologies LG super LCD and samsung super amoled. its just competition, dont want to let the other get too far ahead and offer something you cant match.

        • stabone

          I wasn’t just meaning the displays, for years they’re UI’s and Icons were near identical, they notification shade’s are a really close match right now.

          • Adrynalyne

            I played with the G2 for an hour last night. While some icons seemed similar, it didn’t feel like touchwiz at all in how it worked or looked overall. So there are some visible similarities, but how they work and what they contain are pretty different.

            I am not a fan of either interface though. The G2 was just too much. Touchwiz is too, but the G2 takes it to new extremes.

            If LG is copying Samsung with their own screen, it is par for course I guess. It feels a lot like the me too! comment Samsung made about 64 bit SoCs in the future after the Apple announcement.

          • stabone

            LG’s definitely made some more advancements moving away from them, but looking at them a few years ago.. even a year ago, similar launcher, the home button and capacitive set up.

            I’m happy they’re doing more of their own thing now though. I actually really like the G2. Playing with it at a store, I didn’t mind the button placement either.

          • Adrynalyne

            I got used to it fairly quickly, which surprised me. I just don’t yet trust LG to pull the trigger.

            I bought a UE Boom instead :p

  • TSY87

    Can someone explain the appeal of a curved screen? Also, please go beyond just saying “it wont break as easily” unless you can back that up with actual reasons/facts… just saying it wont break easier doesn’t mean it actually wont break easier.

    I can understand how a flexible screen will resist breaking because it can absorb the impact from drops and other mishaps by just flexing to absorb the impact energy… but a rigid curved display does not have that ability.

    • SA_NYC

      I really liked the curved screen on my GNex, I found it easier to use than the flat one on my Note 2. I read something about it being easier to view, since the viewing angle is more consistent across all areas of the screen, like with these new curved TVs that are coming out. Not a huge point, but as I said, I did appreciate the curve on the GNex.

  • Rob Delaney

    If it’s curved for the sake of just the display, bad gimmick. If there is a multiple daily use (20 plus times) that it becomes useful then it would be a small welcomed innovation. But it has to be a average user daily use, not a tech geek/nerd (like us) daily use.

  • W. Paul Schenck

    GNex is still my phone. I’ve not found anything that feels better to me. Plain vanilla android and more style than just the flat slabs from everyone these days. Moto X is appealing, but still waiting to get that feeling like the extension of my hand.

  • toomanyphones

    Every time I’m feeling ready to get the G2, something else comes along. Waited for final Note 3 reviews, still waiting to see Nexus 5 details totally confirmed, now I’ll want to see what this other LG device is like. Might as well accept that I’m not making a decision until November.

    • greg

      I was in the same boat, got the G2 and no regrets, even the back buttons arent too bad. Personally, I’d rather wait for the new tech like curved glass to be more mass produced. It will be cool but dont see the need for it at this point

      • toomanyphones

        Thanks for your input about your G2 experience. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up getting it too and won’t regret anything. There’ll always be something new coming out, I’ll end up waiting forever if I keep trying to see what comes next.

    • SA_NYC

      Ha, exact same here.

    • Gasaraki

      The G2 is great. I love mine. I came from GNex with stock 4.3.

  • Greg

    given what LG has done with the G2 and having something already in production, I’m more looking forward to what they have offer.

    • Jack

      im with you LG is the one to look for then goes samsung

    • mustbepbs

      I think the G2 is the hidden gem of 2013.

      • flosserelli

        I agree but I think it may have been rushed. I don’t have one, but I have read numerous complaints about heat throttling and wonky Knockon (especially with 3rd party launchers). If LG had polished it a little more, they could have had a real blockbuster.

      • Adrynalyne

        Maybe hardware wise.

        Lets see how software support goes. LG doesn’t exactly have a good track record.

        • Tyler

          Completely agree, I wouldn’t buy an LG phone unless I knew that it would get software updates. Maybe next time LG.

  • http://www.parafriv.net/ Para Friv

    A new style in the world of mobile phones, it’s personality, I like to have it.

  • Shaunwin

    I don’t understand the appeal for curved glass…

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Wont break as easily

      • Big e

        Wouldnt it break easier?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever

          You can’t fix dumb.

          • Adrynalyne

            Speaking of fxing dumb…flexible display != curved glass. I’ve broken plenty of drinking glasses to know that nothing about curved glass makes it not break as easy.

            From the article:

            “While the idea of a curved display might be awesome, keep in mind that the entire device or its display will more than likely not be “flexible.””

            Can’t fix dumb indeed.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Youre the stupid one. I never said flexible.

            Keep reading.

            Although, the curved displays will allow for thinner bezels and a design that is apparently “unbreakable.”

          • Adrynalyne

            DESIGN is what makes it unbreakable, not the curved display.

            Read what you copied, fool.

            AND a design.

            See the AND?!

            THINNER BEZEL AND DESIGN.

            Nothing about the curved display itself makes it harder to break.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            I’ll go ahead and stop feeding this troll.

          • Adrynalyne

            You might starve if you do that.

          • Big e

            Well gorilla glass is supposed to be almost unbreakable, but it sure breaks easy smartass!

      • Shaunwin

        Why would it not break as easy?

        • d

          New screen tech from samsung, called youm flexible screen. Unbreakable screen, its rumored for the note 3 active, so the phone will be waterproof and unbreakable screen.

          • Adrynalyne

            Flexible screen != curved screen.

            These are two different things.

          • Guest

            read the article, flexible does not mean curved.

          • Shaunwin

            So this is talking about a flexible screen.. I can understand why it wouldn’t break as easy. But I still don’t understand why they would make the phone with a curve.

          • Adrynalyne

            So they can design the the device to not flex when you put it in your back pocket and sit down.

            So the curved glass is just as breakable, except for circumstances where the phone too is curved, which would protect it from flexing and breaking.

            Doesn’t make the glass less breakable, or even the phone. An impact against curved glass breaks just as easy as flat glass.

            Only flexible displays will help with that.

  • Justin Jordan

    Looking forward to see what Samsung and LG have to offer. I hope that they bring some high quality devices to show case this new technology.

  • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

    Galaxy Nexus: The device ahead of its time.

    • Col_Angus

      GNex was tapered glass on a flat display. Gave the illusion of being curved but never really was.

    • ToddAwesome

      It’s funny, I noticed it on day 1 when I picked it up, and never noticed it again. Pointless really.

      • Tim Buchanan

        Same. And the advertisements made it look much more concave than it actually was. See: http://boygeniusreport.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/galaxy-nexus.png?w=942

        • ToddAwesome

          Remember when the rumors were that it was going to be a tablet, or perhaps a true phablet? Ah, good times. Can’t wait to get rid of this phone, just wish the current crop of phones intrigued me enough (or enough to leave Verizon).

          • Tim Buchanan

            I couldn’t be happier with my One. A+++ would buy again.

          • jaredgreenwald

            this

          • El_Big_CHRIS

            The blue One on verizon is sexy. All my friends and people in general love the look/feel of it. With a 3rd party launcher, sense can be tolerated.

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            what i remember most is watching twitter for new puzzles from Google and trying to win one. good times!

        • Adrynalyne

          Yeah, how come my Gnex never looked like that?!

        • Nathan K

          Man i remember the day this ad came out and i was so stoked that it would ACTUALLY be that shape….

    • PhoenixPath

      Definitely wasn’t unbreakable. Son broke the screen the first time he dropped it. Still works though…(as much as wit ever really “worked”)

    • Adrynalyne

      Nexus S was curved glass (on top of flat display) too.

      So Gnex just continued that trend.

  • Jeff C

    sounds like this special edition one will never make it to the US

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      If it does, it would only be an AT&T exclusive of course

      • tomn1ce

        It would be nice if vzw would get up from their @$$ and pick this one up and beat at&t to it….