Samsung allegedly starts testing of futuristic flexible-display phone


Samsung has allegedly started working on a futuristic device with a flexible screen that could extend over the edges (a wrap-around screen, basically) so that you effectively get a phone with no bezel, according to a report by ZDNet Korea, based on supply chain sources.

The prototype that is rumored to be in testing replaces the physical buttons (like the lock/power key) with ones on the part of the screen that extends to the side of the device.

Don’t get your hopes too high, though: the report warns that it is “unclear whether Samsung will produce the new phone massively or change it to a limited edition premium phone for developed countries.”

Even with this in mind, though, we can’t help remember that Samsung has shown work on such flexible design with its Youm displays years ago, so it’s not an entirely new effort.

All of this could result in a truly futuristic, unusual gadget, but is it practical and would you want such a phone? Sound off in the comments below.

source: ZDNet Korea (translated) via G 4 Games

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9 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Anything advanced is welcome. Technology always moves forward whether it's practical or not. We still need the tech, cos with time it will mature into something wonderful.....BRING IT ON SAMMY.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is great. I could see all kinds of functions added to the sides of the screen. Like volume controls, a camera button, lock button, maybe WiFi or Bluetooth, and more. This could also help to drop the price of a smartphone in the long run. Just like they currently use on screen buttons. Now they could add more buttons and features on the sides of the display. Hurry up and bring it to market already ;-)

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

This is new... Samsung coming up with something THEMSELVES! Note: they didn't copy

7. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

not new at all. samsung showed off a flexible screen on a phone, wrapped in this exact same way, a year or two ago. it is new as in someone else posted on it... which means pa can act like its newsworthy.http://www.techulator.com/attachments/Resources/8547-6927-Samsung-flexible-screen-phone.jpg

9. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You sound much like an ignorant.

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

This is new... Samsung coming up with something THEMSELVES! Note: they didn't copy

6. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The moment this story hit Cupertino, lawyers started drafting patent applications for any non flat screen.

4. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

5. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

This is the difference between Samsung and Apple. Sammy develop and produce by his own. Hurry up Sammy with some big new. Do you feel the heat? Time to move on!

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