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Huawei curved screen smartphone reportedly in the making, possible Mate S2?

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Huawei curved screen smartphone reportedly in the making, possible Mate S2?
Samsung has so far reigned supreme in the niche for smartphones with curved displays. LG has reportedly dabbled in the edge-like curve, with reports of prototypes that can be traced as early as January of last year, but nothing has been confirmed or launched yet. It was only recently that China-based Vivo launched the XPlay 5 with its dual-curved screen, which quickly drew comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, and for good reason, but the handset itself will probably not be widely available in international markets. Another smartphone that comes with a dual-arched screen is BlackBerry's PRIV, which is also only popular in its own niche of hardware keyboard fans.

Well, another China-based manufacturer is reported to be planning to launch a curvy smartphone, and this one is a bit bigger than Vivo — it's Huawei. Supposedly, a leakster that has ties in the smartphone slinger's supply line has solid information that the company is preparing a handset with an arched display. Interestingly, the report says it would be “unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge”, but we've no idea what that's supposed to mean. Possibly, the curves could be on the top and bottom of the display, instead of the sides?

The leakster continues to speculate that the device in question could be the second generation of the Huawei Mate S. As you may recall, the Mate S — or, more specifically, it's top-tier, most expensive variant — was the first announced smartphone to feature a pressure-sensitive display, beating Apple's iPhone 6s by about a week. Well, in announcements at least – it was still a good while before the Mate S was actually available for purchase.

So, Huawei has already established the Mate S line as one that tries to feature the newest, trendy tech. We wouldn't be surprised to see it adopt the curvy glass design, as the world seems to love the Galaxy S7 edge's sleek looks.

If all of this turns out to be true, we should probably expect more leaks throughout the Summer, with a possible official announcement some time in early September. We'll keep an ear to the ground!

source: GizChina

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posted on 30 Mar 2016, 04:46 9

1. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


When Edge began, it was bashed as another Samsung gimmick. Now, it's becoming mainstream and cosumers along with OEMs likes it. Even BlackBerry!

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 04:59 4

2. vincelongman (Posts: 4102; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I thought it was a gimmick at first
But after using my friends' S7e I really like it, it makes the S7e far less wide
I'd love a curved 5.3-5.5", which would be easier for me to use with my relatively average sized hand
With a flat screen my max is "only" 5"-5.2", depending on bezels

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:00

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Only samsung made edge devices have edge UX, the only thing keeping it from being a gimmick. Other OEMs use the edge screen just for looks and nothing else.

The edge screen is so impractical and phones with an edge screen generally cost way to much.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:33 1

8. ibend (Posts: 3508; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


other OEM can make their own edge UX if they want :-/

and i'd like to see they make something like this for curvedscreen
http://www.phonearena.com/news/ZTE-Nubia-Z9s-innovative-Frame-Interactive-Technology-showcased-on-video_id70766

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:17

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They could but I don't see anybody getting close to samsung's edge UX, for now all I see other OEMs doing is using the curved display for it's looks.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 08:42

16. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


fake never released

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 16:23

18. Nopers (Posts: 132; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Yeah but let's be honest here, the edge UX could be implemented on a screen that isn't curved, it's just a tab to pull from the edge of the screen. The only function of the curve is to make the device more narrow and for looks.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 18:56

20. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Exactly, the edge screen is acually pointless.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:50 1

10. nctx77 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


It's only real use is to have a larger screen without making the phone bigger and getting rid of side bezels. With that said, there are drawbacks.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:06 2

4. TerryTerius (Posts: 1536; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


There is no inherent functionality to the edge display that cannot be built into a normal phone. Any company trying to implement the curved screen design is outright stealing Samsung's aesthetic, and I frankly don't see how anyone could look at it otherwise. Yes, I'm fully aware that everyone copies ideas from everyone else and generally I'm fine with that because it usually means consumers are getting better products... But to me, there's a difference between implementing a functional idea that has a practical reason for existing, and simply stealing someone else's design to imitate their look.

It would be like Addidas adorning their shoes with swooshes, or Hanes using LV monograms on their clothing, or Cole Haan using Giuseppe's signature metal bars and plates for their shoes.

Just don't do it. I find it hard to believe that a company the size of Huawei can't think of an original design language. Something about that agitates me.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:34 2

6. pooma (Posts: 58; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


leave edge screens for inventors (samsung) and do regular screens

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:52

11. nctx77 (Posts: 1697; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Lol, Samsung came up with one idea and they are inventors? Lol! They were not the first ones to have a large phone, so what else did they invent?

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 16:01

17. catze86 (Posts: 594; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


MP3 phone

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 17:37

19. TerryTerius (Posts: 1536; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Do you really want an answer to that, or are you just being annoying?

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:03 1

7. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Im actually hoping for them to use the edge display.

1. It will shut all the huawei fans up and proved to them that huawei is a copycat.

2. Samsung will earn heaps for selling the edge display.

3. More and more people will realised these chinese cheapskate brands are copying samsung and thus, people will lose respect to them and start buying phones from the innovator and not from these copy cats .

:D

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:42

9. Emzie (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


I believe its ok if OEMs can come up with more practical ways of using borderless screens. While Samsung dived in on the deep end with the Edge others can improve the technology for better

Take for example ZTE with its Nubia Z9 , the non-bezel screen lets you touch the screen glass to perform gestures - a thing called FiT (Frame Interactive Technology). What makes this system special is it ignores unintended touches, while waiting for gestures. You can squeeze the phone to unlock it, swipe to switch between apps, swipe with two finger to adjust the volume and other innovative ways of interacting with a smartphone

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:57

12. launernoon (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


And everything you mentioned above only work 50% all the time. They just turned into gimmicks.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:12

13. Emzie (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


Actually when you give it enough thought most ideas especially in the Mobile industry start as useless gimmicks but with time and innovation these ideas do mature. I remember when the Edge came out people dismissed the idea but now everyone seems to be gaining interest.

The same applies to the modular design employed by LG on the G5 or the secondary screen on the V10 early reviews always dismiss ideas but ideas can mature into practical solutions given time

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 07:49

15. KingSam (Posts: 119; Member since: 13 Mar 2016)


It is becoming mainstream? I find it looks nice but Mostly a gimmick. I like reading out messages on the edge I saw in a video and quick shortcuts. It dies have some practicality but needs polish.

posted on 31 Mar 2016, 00:36

21. robertdenaro116 (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Mar 2016)


Your point is invalid. If sony is all that great, they won't be making ANDROID phones, which is a Google owned OS

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