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

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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G Flex
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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12 Comments

1. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Looks like it will be too flimsy to use properly.

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

2. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

3. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

6. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 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 :)

7. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

8. sanyamjain75

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

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

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

10. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

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

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