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LG and Samsung now confirmed to announce curved display smartphones as early as next week

LG and Samsung now confirmed to announce curved display smartphones as early as next week


While there are certainly those that look at the futuristic proposition that flexible displays have going for them rather skeptically, us at PhoneArena are kind of excited. Nerdy at heart, the idea of flexible displays speaks to our inner geek in a way that most 'new' tech simply doesn't. The idea has kept reminding us of what excitement born from true advancements in technology really felt like, and we're definitely not talking about the admittedly essential, but trivial bi-yearly evolution in hardware.


If you are equally enthused about the value proposition of flexible displays, then you've probably been hearing all about how South Korean LG and Samsung are both working real hard to bring this new tech to the masses. As it turns out – when there's smoke, there's also fire, indeed, for both LG and Samsung have now confirmed that they'll be coming out with their respective flexible display offerings.


Starting off with the former, LG has leaked some details about its upcoming LG Z smartphone to ZDNet Korea. The LG Z will feature a curved display, the likes of which we've only seen in TV's so far. According to the new information, LG is already in the mass-production stage and will have the Z ready for announcement by the end of the month. Nothing else has been explicitly confirmed, though it is assumed that the rest of the hardware on the LG Z will be similarly bleeding edge.


Turning to Samsung, the company's Galaxy Note 3 has long been rumored to have a special, limited version that will feature some of the company's YOUM flexible display tech. The latter part has been confirmed by a Samsung official last week, and again in a meeting with reporters earlier today. Unfortunately, there's currently no word on whether we're still talking Note 3 or not, though it seems like the most reasonable choice. The best part? Samsung says it may be announcing the device as early as next week.


Now, before you start tearing strands of hair from your head out of pure joy, do keep in mind that neither of the two will offer a truly flexible smartphone. That's because while the screen is, indeed, flexible, the rest of the components are not. Nevertheless, while this is certainly something to look forward to far into the future, the current applications are still quite exciting. For starters, flexible displays are extremely sturdy, meaning that accidental drops need no longer spell disaster for you and your smartphone. What's even more, due to their thinness, flexible displays may very well hail a new era when a minimum of two days of battery life on a single charge becomes the industry standard, as manufacturers will have more space to fit larger cells, without inflating thickness and, generally, ruining design. Oh, yes, don't even get us started on the design possibilities!


source: ZDNet, Unwired View, IBTimes, Ddaily

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posted on 02 Oct 2013, 03:48 9

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Thank you LG! NVM Samsung...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:06 11

11. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Never miss a chance to fire up a fanboy war ! Nice going

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:50 2

21. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I'm sure looking forward to them, but I still struggle to see how the tech will benefit smartphones.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 06:08 1

23. Birds (Posts: 1165; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


If it wasn't for the fanboy wars this site wouldn't have as much traffic, which means less adds being viewed, and means less money... So instigate the battles.... lol...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:24 1

33. McLTE (Posts: 876; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The most significant benefit is with durability. A flexible screen will flex a little on impact, eliminating (or greatly reducing) shattered screens.

Don't get your hopes up for a bendable phone - that's not going to happen for a long long time.

We could also see some new design ideas with the screen wrapping around the edges of the phone also.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:08

40. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Yes, Samsung has already displayed the wrapping screen around in a press release earlier this year.

Think the new Motorola active features on the side of your phone or device where the display wraps around the edge of your device.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 10:04

68. Fernmar (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Yeah, Samsung have already showed us the design possibilities at CES 2013. It's on youtube, search "samsung flexible display at ces 2013 youm"

Bendable phones isn't neccessary....think flip phones, but instead of opening to a screen on one half and a keypad on the other it will be a complete screen on both halfs. Check the Youtube link out

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 09:57

67. Fernmar (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


The last paragraph mentioned how it will benefit smartphones; the screen won't break if the phone is dropped, because of the screen thin profile bigger battery can be fit in the phone without compromising the phones thickness and looks, also the thinner and flexible screen means even better designs.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:07 1

36. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Oh PunyPoop, just hope that this Flexible Phone of your Beloved LG will sell great. LOL. Just look at their Sale Figures/Numbers for how many years they are like you, Poop! LOL

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:14 2

42. DONUT (Posts: 428; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


butt hurt n*gga alert

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:43 1

43. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


I understand you kid, I've been there before.. Don't worry, don't cry, everything will be alright..

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 00:36

54. GoogleSafariFox (banned) (Posts: 100; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Hahahaha Oh come on, I did not cry. Why should I Poop? Hahaha! Yes everything is Alright on me. How about you Tons of Bitterness and Boredom in your small brain? Hmm! hahaha

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:00 1

59. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Kids these days.. NVM

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 03:56 3

2. JMartin22 (Posts: 1984; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Am I the only one that doesn't care about this in its current form? Unless they change the form factor in a way that's no longer considered standard for a smartphone, this will have limited use inanything practical.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:10 2

13. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


True that. I would be pretty happy with a shrunken LG G2 with a 4.7" screen and slimmer bezels below the display without the LG Logo.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:18 7

15. theizzz (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


...you mean a Nexus 5?

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:15 1

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The practical uses are very limited at the momentum.
There only one that I've heard of, which is:
Since flexible displays won't shatter, if you drop it only the Gorilla Glass/DragonTrail/Sapphire layer may shatter.
Therefore the cost of fixing it will be far less, because your not replacing the very expensive screen.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 07:40 1

29. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The glass only cost $5-$20 depending on your smartphone so it will be a lot cheaper.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:15 2

3. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


The problem here is they are going to rush it. It will be underdeveloped. It won't be a premium like s4 or note 3...rather a test in the waters first bendable screen in the market test the crowd see what they say

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:18 5

4. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Rush? That's Samsung's way not LG..

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:10 3

12. DONUT (Posts: 428; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


lmao yes *cough* galaxy gear*cough*

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 05:35 4

20. structureman116 (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


Samsung was working on flexible screens in 2007. It doesn't seem like they've been rushing it to me.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 06:08 1

22. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


You'll see, just wait...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 06:33

25. DONUT (Posts: 428; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Samsung had a "smartwatch" in the past too. but look at the Galaxy Gear

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:04 1

30. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


They themselves are admitting it's missing features and that it only works withN3 seriously... I'm not hating on them. That watch won't sell average user won't buy a note 3 just so they can use the watch and even when it gets an updated to work with s3 n2 s4 cost for it is to high and demand isn't there... I would agree with donut.. Let's wait

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:18 2

5. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


This is going to be exciting ;)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:19 2

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Jmartin22 your very right, I don't care anymore about better displays or more useless features and so on.... I want BIGGER MORE LASTING BATTERIES THAT CAN CHARGE IN LESS THEN FRICKEN 10 MIN. Like a battery that can last u 2 whole days of Hardcore gaming non stop.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 06:38

27. remyrz (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


lol calm down man.... but true... xD

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 09:09

31. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Your right they should. Make a heavy duty battery that's last a day at least or more than 8 hours... Don't give your phones last whole day or 10 hrs your not an average user... Ask am average user first complain is battery no body done it right...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:19 6

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


LG Z... Sounds cool!

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