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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1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Thank you LG! NVM Samsung...

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

21. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

23. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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...

33. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

40. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

68. Fernmar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 05, 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

67. Fernmar

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

36. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 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


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

butt hurt n*gga alert

43. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

54. GoogleSafariFox

Posts: 100; Member since: Sep 28, 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

59. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Kids these days.. NVM

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2324; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

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.

15. theizzz

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

...you mean a Nexus 5?

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

29. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

3. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 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

4. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

lmao yes *cough* galaxy gear*cough*

20. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

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

22. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

You'll see, just wait...


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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

30. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 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

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

This is going to be exciting ;)

6. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

27. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

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

31. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 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...

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LG Z... Sounds cool!

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