LG and Samsung now confirmed to announce curved display smartphones as early as next week
While there are certainly those thatlook at the futuristic proposition that flexible displays have goingfor them rather skeptically, us at PhoneArena are kind of excited.Nerdy at heart, the idea of flexible displays speaks to our innergeek in a way that most 'new' tech simply doesn't. The idea has keptreminding us of what excitement born from true advancements in technologyreally 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 thevalue proposition of flexible displays, then you've probably beenhearing all about how South Korean LG and Samsung are both workingreal hard to bring this new tech to the masses. Asit turns out – when there's smoke, there's also fire, indeed, forboth LG and Samsung have now confirmedthat they'll be coming out with their respective flexible displayofferings.
Startingoff with the former, LG has leaked some details about its upcoming LGZ 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 thenew information, LG is already in the mass-production stage and willhave the Z ready for announcement by the end of the month. Nothingelse has been explicitly confirmed, though it is assumed that therest of the hardware on the LG Z will be similarly bleeding edge.
Turningto Samsung, the company's Galaxy Note 3 has long been rumored to havea special, limited version that will feature some of the company'sYOUM flexible display tech. The latter part has been confirmedby a Samsung official last week, and again in a meeting with reportersearlier today. Unfortunately, there's currently no word on whetherwe're still talking Note 3 or not, though it seems like the mostreasonable choice. The best part? Samsung says it may be announcingthe device as early as next week.
Now,before you start tearing strands of hair from your head out of pure joy, do keep inmind that neither of the two will offer a truly flexible smartphone.That's because while the screen is, indeed, flexible, the rest of thecomponents are not. Nevertheless, while this is certainly somethingto look forward to far into the future, the current applications arestill quite exciting. For starters, flexible displays are extremelysturdy, meaning that accidental drops need no longer spell disasterfor 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 ofbattery life on a single charge becomes the industry standard, asmanufacturers will have more space to fit larger cells, withoutinflating thickness and, generally, ruining design. Oh, yes, don't even get us started on the design possibilities!