Report: Samsung and LG are each working on a display with four curved sides

Report: Samsung and LG are each working on a display with four curved sides
If the design of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ leaves you breathless, a new report published today says that Samsung is working on a screen that would come with four curved sides instead of just two. The top and bottom would also be curved making for a truly bezel-free screen. Such a display would cover more than 98% of the phone's front body. Samsung rival LG is also believed to be working on a similar panel.

According to today's report, Samsung was originally going to use this new screen on the Apple iPhone 8 this year. Recently, Samsung signed a two-year contract with Apple, promising to supply the company with as many as 92 million OLED panels for this year's tenth anniversary edition of the iPhone. We recently showed you 3D models made of the iPhone 8, which were produced by a third-party. The images showed the iPhone 8 with a flat front screen, and no bezels on the top or bottom. Other reports indicate that Apple has decided on a flat OLED display for the anniversary model. Problems in the lamination process are believed to be behind Apple's decision to go with a flat screen for the iPhone 8. The lamination adds film-like material to the glass in order to protect it.

One major issue is preventing Samsung and LG from making further progress developing a display with four curved sides. There is a spot in each corner where the touch function will not work  Current lamination techniques do not support a display with four curves. This means that for now, Apple will have to stick with a flat OLED panel for its 2017 premium handset. And if Sammy wants the Samsung Galaxy S9 to come with a display featuring four curved sides with no bezels on top and bottom, it will have to come up with a new lamination process.

source: ETNews (translated) via AndroidAuthority

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1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So like a squared bubble? Might as well make phones into a Sphere like a Magic 8-Ball

8. monoke

Posts: 1173; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Well, seems people don't mind the glare from the sides. Let's glare up the top/bottom too. So they'll fully achieve 98% screen to body... and then get around 85% non glare flat viewable surface. Awesome. :/

11. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Don't get me wrong, I love the Edge screen, I've owned 3 devices with it, my next phone will be the Note 8. But I don't see how the edge will benefit the top and bottom of the device. How will any case attach to the phone?

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013


21. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

The official flip cases that older Samsung models with removable batteries had would fix such a problem. Those cases attached to the back after removing the back phone cover but are not water proof and don't protect the sides properly.

19. RoryBreaker

Posts: 238; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Exactly, this is stupid! How will a case be able to protect a phone with this type screen...PLS DON'T DO THIS!

2. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Why not a sensitive touch back to scroll and make gestures

4. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Yes that will be great. No need to mess up your display.

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Accidental touches will screw it up a lot. Also cases will get messed up.

3. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Kings of displays, Samsung and LG

12. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Yes, exactly why I hope they provide flat versions. Curved is cool too, I just prefer flat.

6. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Does LG ever stop to copy Samsung ? Keep in mind that Samsung had been making curved screens since before 2013.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But you do realize that there are more than one ways to make a curved display, right? So LG isn't copying Samsung.

9. flasc17

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Is it just me, or does having the screen include the earpiece seem like a terrible idea? That means there's gonna be a dark elongated circle in every. single. video.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yea that's what bothers me most about all of those "iPhone X" concepts. They have the black speaker bar on the display. Also where would the front facing camera go? just a random circle on the screen as well?

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The black bar will just be part of the display at the top with the clock, wifi, etc. it won't affect the actual viewing area. The camera(S) will sit below this area under the display. according to the patent(see link below) from Apple, both may be beneath the screen.

13. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

Where tha hell would the front facing camera and other sensors go? Just seems like a dumb idea. The Galaxy S8 already has minimal bezels.

18. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I knew it. I knew it. I was wonder what Samsung would do to up the S8/Note8 for the S9. Could this render come true?

15. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

never lol. The back is too square-ish and the charging port has flaps. that will never happen.

22. HKies

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2017

If phone slips from the hand (without cover) then thats it all over

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