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Curved smartphone screen from Samsung coming soon

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That uniquely curved smartphone screen Samsung debuted at CES back in January (the second model shown in the video above) may be in consumer hands by October, at least in South Korea.

A Samsung spokesperson broke the news today at a Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul. The new curved screen device would use OLED panels as demonstrated at CES. Details reported by BBC and other news agencies were scarce, but if the new product stays true to what we saw at the start of the year, users should also be able to read notifications displayed along the side of the new smartphones.

Via BBC News

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Total comments: 27
DaveE1
By DaveE1 (10 months ago)

It's cool technology that's pretty useless for phones as it stands, delivered by someone who has the presentation style of a robot with flat batteries. Taking phones out of your pocket and having to bend, or tug at the screen to see them? How is that a step forward?

I genuinely felt sorry for him, as he paused; looking for applause that was late or didn't arrive at all. Not surprising really, as not having a cover on front is the ultimate in seeing what is appearing on the screen. And it's free.

The Ad is cringe-worthy too. Interesting that the "uncool" nerd-pest had a tablet with the edge-type display of the new phone that Samsung had just shown at the presentation - ironic. The ad also lacks the production values and script writing skills of Sesame Street, against which it was clearly modeled.

Just give us better battery life and keep the flexible screen - that will break quickly if it follows earth physics and material science - for something that really needs it.

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danijel973
By danijel973 (10 months ago)

Curvature equals a thicker device. While it might by technically feasible to produce a device with a curved screen, I don't think such a device would make a whole lot of sense. After all, we used to have curved CRT screens and manufacturers had to solve many problems just to make them more flat. Making them more curved just because we can is, well, stupid.

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golfgti2012
By golfgti2012 (10 months ago)

100% useless

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Rupert Bottomsworth
By Rupert Bottomsworth (10 months ago)

What a gimmick.

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (10 months ago)

A curved back would be more useful to me. I favour Samsung phones because they are plastic, thin and light in my pocket; the opposite of HTC. A curved back would mean a better fit on my leg.

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Doctor Chris
By Doctor Chris (10 months ago)

Samsung really need to bang the drum on this one.

Maybe they could, I don't know, do some really big launch stuff involving the general public..?

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MikeFairbanks
By MikeFairbanks (10 months ago)

I don't get why they would think a screen curved at the edges is a solution to anyone's problem. Most innovations come from looking at consumer needs/wants and responding before the competition.

Consumers want more battery life, easier ways to charge, durability, and as functional of software as possible (I'd like all tablet-type devices and phones to be able to handle the computing that is done by a laptop or desktop.

I can even see the advantage of having a screen on both sides of the phone (provided the protection is there, such as a lip around the edge).

But a curved screen doesn't seem necessary to me unless it's on a device that really needs it, like a globe, a building column, etc.

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citrontokyo
By citrontokyo (10 months ago)

How many times can you fold plastic before it starts to degrade?

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AndreaV
By AndreaV (10 months ago)

Very interesting and nice from a technical point of view... but I can't really get the advantage of having a curved smartphone screen (beside the fact that it could be extremely easy to scratch the edges).

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (10 months ago)

This is not new and Samsung is not the first .....yawn

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dweberphotography
By dweberphotography (10 months ago)

Actually they are. Stop trolling.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (10 months ago)

Troll This.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/21/lg-5-inch-oled-display-hands-on/

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (10 months ago)

Pretty sure that's not a smartphone, sir.

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Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (10 months ago)

I'm talking about curved OLED tech not smartphones

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BravoEcoNovember
By BravoEcoNovember (10 months ago)

If the screen is flexible and tough enough, this could mean a really resistant product (from the point of view from someone who have lost 2 cell phones by dropping them in the asphalt, with the screen facing down).

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babalu
By babalu (10 months ago)

...could be the beginning of the REAL electronic book; a blank
one-good-for-all volume with, say, 300-500 such thin pages, loadable via WI-FI or also usb port , that can contain written
media, still pics, videos, well, everything, updatable on the fly,
so can have newspaper function, e-mails, photo albums , just
anything you can imagine under the concept of "Information".
And you would NOT need to delete one content to see the other, just finger through the pages.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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fuego6
By fuego6 (10 months ago)

why the need to "finger" through anything? I find using my ereader just fine without the need to physically feel pages turn... can you imagine how many years it would be before you have 300 flexible screen pages in any product?? Dream on...

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Sirandar
By Sirandar (10 months ago)

Interesting but these displays are not covered in gorilla glass so how long would they last is a valid question ..... but if they are dirty cheap to make then I could see real application.

Folds are really really tough on material .... I just cannot see any laminate design lasting more than a few 100 folds and with folds come kinks when you overfold. But this is obviously the future in certain applications

Comment edited 5 minutes after posting
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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (10 months ago)

I'd rather have a grip at the back of it so I can hold the phone better for snapshots.

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HelloToe
By HelloToe (10 months ago)

Good luck finding people who actually want a smartphone that isn't flat. Years ago HTC made a few phones with a 'chin' that didn't lay flat. Nobody liked it, and they dropped it.

Products that are gee-whiz for the sake of being gee-whiz tend to not last very long.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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hellocrowley
By hellocrowley (10 months ago)

Great techs, but the commercial made me cringe.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (10 months ago)

Me too.. that's the best they could come up with?

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (10 months ago)

Really..?...The coffeehouse "hipster" with the non-innovative, flashing lights iGizmo didn't resonate with you...?
I wonder why...
Myself, I couldn't stop laughing.

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (10 months ago)

This commercial is the inevitable byproduct of a company trying to find a use for the useless.

Sure, people are laughing... at, not with.

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (10 months ago)

So, when a company proposes, 6 years ago, a device that combines media content player/display and a cell phone and then realizes that ---oops!--- a phone display is actually too small to endure as viable vehicle for content display, once passed the "fad phase" and then HAS to come up with a media content player/display that features a decent size but, in turn, cripples that very same new product into NOT making phone calls because it would compete with the original proposal - That's innovation.

...but, when another company actually makes the whole concept come true in a single package by providing a larger, viewable, display that folds like a book and another one on the front face of that half-proportions folded piece to actually function as a phone, in a manageable size - that's "trying to find a use for the useless".

My, oh my...who would say that sweet apple pie can actually be like crack: perniciously addictive AND brain-cells destructive?

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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Serenity Now
By Serenity Now (10 months ago)

Aaaargg!?!? Why don't you droids get it? Just enjoy what you have and leave other people alone to enjoy what they want. YOU are the one with missing brain cells and a god almighty prejudice. GO AWAY!!!!

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (10 months ago)

@"Serenity Now", well said!

And well done for understanding PhotoKhan's comment. I was at a loss to know what he/she/it was going on about. Sweet apple pies and cracks? Charming!

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