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LG to launch curved screen 6-inch smartphone in November

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LG to launch curved screen 6-inch smartphone in November
After a handful of rumors and leaks, today, LG Electronics’ display unit has confirmed that LG will release flexible screens and sources have confirmed that a smartphone with a curved display is indeed due in November, according to Reuters. 

The officially announced 6" display will be bendable and unbreakable, made out of plastic. It will be extremely light at 7.2g and thin measuring just 0.44mm. LG, the second-largest South Korean phone maker, plans to match rival Samsung and release a flexible screen smartphone first, in November. Samsung has said last month that it plans to unveil a phone with a bendable display in October.

The upcoming LG smartphone will feature a 6” screen that bends from top to bottom. In contrast, the Samsung rival device is expected to flex from the sides. Samsung is rumored to announce a limited edition Galaxy Note 3 with a YOUM flexible screen on October 25th.

Looking back at earlier rumors, we expect to see this flexible-display smartphone from LG land under the LG G Flex moniker. It’s rumored to have top-shelf specs - a Snapdragon 800 chip with Adreno 330 graphics. We’ve been hearing about an LG G Flex coming to Korea’s U+ carrier, but the device is codenamed LG Z internally, and that might be the name LG uses for its global launch.

The LG G Flex, or LG Z, release date might be soon, but actual availability will likely be extremely limited. Samsung and LG have both started mass producing flexible screens, but the yields are low and monthly production at LG is not likely to stand at more than 300 000 units.

What would it look like? Well, we can look at Samsung’s CES demo to get a general understanding of the technology, take a look at it right below.



source: Reuters, OLED-info

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posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:44 4

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Curved Back---Xperia Arc s/Xperia T
Curved Front--LG/Samsung

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:46 6

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I still can't get what is advantage of curved screen smartphone?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:56

4. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Bragging rights.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:59 8

6. Victor.H (Posts: 379; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You can take a look at the demo video in the article. Right now, the biggest benefit seems to be that the screen won't break as it's made out of plastic. That's huge.

What's really exciting though is about to come later on when new form factors appear making use of the flexibility of the screen.

Samsung has a concept video showing a few futuristic prototypes, possible with the advent of flexible screens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OYTyl3ipgk

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:10 3

10. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


+1

That is a killer video from Sammy.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:11

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


At the moment I see the only one advantage of having curved screen, it is harder to break the screen since phone body edges will hit ground first (in most case scenarios).

"Right now, the biggest benefit seems to be that the screen won't break as it's made out of plastic."

What it has to do with curved screen? Since any screen can be covered with transparent plastic no matter it is curved or not.

"What's really exciting though is about to come later on when new form factors appear making use of the flexibility of the screen."

With that I agree, flexible screens will provide more opportunities to phone body design.

P.S.
People, before commenting feel difference between CURVED screen and FLEXIBLE screen!

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:20

12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Also there is one disadvantage with curved glass phone. Phone will be "thicker" since phone's body center won't be in the same line with phone's upper and lower edges. It will take up more space in your pocket depending on how much it will be curved. :)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:33 1

14. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Please do some real research before blabbering.

Phones will be thicker? Come on man, you gotta do something better than searching on Google and clicking the first link.

PA even did an article on this:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Flexible-mobile-displays-Interview-from-the-research-lab-with-Michael-G.-Helander_id24436

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:36

15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Phone with curved screen will be same phone just curved, so what researches I should do?

Do you even fell difference between CURVED screen and FLEXIBLE screen?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:35

16. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


"Feeling" of the screen is not what we're talking about here. Of course it will feel the same. They're both flat surfaces that accepts touch inputs. It's what comes with flexible display that's exciting.

Two things I consider the most notable improvement flexible displays can give:

Flexible displays can be thinner, allowing more precious space for batteries, card slot, or whatever.

It's also tougher. It's not glass so it won't break the way regular glass breaks. It can handle more tension and thus be more resistant to breaking when dropped.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 09:51

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You don't understand or just pretend that you don't understand what I have said before...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 13:05

18. yasir-921 (Posts: 74; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


What about the battery, memory and SoC?
How these items will go along the flexible screen?
We aren't going to see bendable battery in future, are we? :P

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:55

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Now it's even harder to break front. Good move LG / Sammy.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 05:58

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4595; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Will be interesting to see drop tests! :)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:01

7. amats69 (Posts: 827; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I really dont know why i dont have the urges to buy lg phones....g2 is really an amazing phone but im not attracted to it...it is maybe because of the lg logo? Oh sorry lg i really dont know..i just hope that this phone with flexible display may change it and be my 1st phone from your company! Goodluck

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:04

8. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Put the exynos octa in all versions and you'll have me, Samsung.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:05

9. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Put the exynos octa in all versions and you'll have me, Samsung.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 06:23 1

13. Chizzypro (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


It looks very laughable. Lolz.

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