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LG says curved phones will be 40% of the smartphone market by 2018

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LG says curved phones will be 40% of the smartphone market by 2018
By 2018, curved phones like the LG G Flex will make up 40% of the smartphone market, according to Korean based LG. The OEM's head of product planning, Dr. Ramchan Woo, said "We got bored of flat." But the LG G Flex offers more than just a cool, curved design. Thanks to the form factor of the device, the phone fits better when pressed against the curve of the user's face.

While designing the LG G Flex, LG discovered that building a curved handset requires more than just a screen that bends like Gumby. Dr. Woo noted that the big secret of the phone is the curved battery. "Without the battery, we cannot make the phone," the executive said. And thanks to a "Stack & Folding" design, LG was able to shoehorn a hefty 3500mAh cell into the device. The LG G Flex is tough and can actually take more than an 88 pound force on its back, straighten out, and then return to its curvy form factor. That test was repeated over 100 times without permanent damage to the phone.

While it took three years for LG to develop the G Flex, having already gone through the necessary manufacturing changes, future curved models won't take as long. And so, what does have LG have planned in the future for this genre? After the curved phones, we will see bendable handsets, according to Dr. Woo. After that, truly flexible phones will be delivered.

Woo sees curved models making up 12% of the smartphone market by 2015 with the figure reaching 40% just three years after that. This year, the LG G Flex has company with the Samsung Galaxy Round. While the LG G Flex curves in from the top and bottom, Sammy's model curves in from the sides.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:06

1. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 191; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Looks like it will be too flimsy to use properly.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 07:35 1

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3603; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Go get the LG first, they have time machine damn it.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:11

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1514; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

It's been brought up before, but I'd really hate how it wobbles on the table due to the curved design. It'd also smear skin oil everywhere on the screen rather than just the earpiece area. Construction also doesn't look exactly premium or quality, but I may be speaking too soon about that. Anyway, I'd be super excited to try one out, but I'm also totally happy with flat screen phones.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:13 3

3. D.Aceveda (Posts: 364; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Lol. 2 years we were told 3d phones would take a big portion of the market by 2015.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:19

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

LG, you are fuc*ing drunk. Lol i feel sorry for them, thiking they know the consumer better than the consumer itself. I might want a regular smartphone that can be bent, thats flexable and durable. What i don't want is something that i cant use due to its flimsyness... This is exactly what is happening with smartwatches, very small amount of people want them yet companies keep insisting they know more.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:35

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

What about 2K displays? Will it be 50% on smartphones of the smartphone market by 2015?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 04:39

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1487; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

I hope that it won't happen. 1080p is more than enough. I am even happy if ppi is just 250. 2K is just waste of money, performance and battery life.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:51

6. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)

LG please keep it simple and just attach that real flexible screen on a normal phone and at least people won't worry if they drop thier phone the screen will break.

Secondly develop an amazing battery that will last a week with full usage.

I don't ask for much :)

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 23:57

7. sipha (Posts: 310; Member since: 12 May 2012)

looks great on the pictures, but way to unpractical...

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:24

8. sanyamjain75 (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Design of this phone decreases pocketability...can we keep g flex in pocket?

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 00:46

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

"Woo sees curved models making up 12%
of the smartphone market by 2015 with
the figure reaching 40% just three years
after that" lol Woo -> Who good show PA :D

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 01:41

10. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

If all phones in the future became curved, i'd be willing to never use a smartphone again

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