The future is here: 6 smartphones with curved displays

The future is here: 6 smartphones with curved displays
It's been less than 2 years since the world's first smartphone to feature a curved display was released. Even so, most of today's handsets still offer regular, flat screen panels, as these are easier (and obviously also cheaper) to produce.

But curved displays are slowly becoming mainstream, at least when it comes to high-end handsets, and we now have no less than 6 smartphones with screens that are curved in one way or another. As you'll notice, all these curved smartphones have the same country of origin. Let's take a look at them, shall we? In chronological order:


Officially unveiled in October 2013, and released in South Korea later that month, the Samsung Galaxy Round is the very first smartphone to make use of a curved screen. Although several other handsets with curved displays have been released since 2013, the Galaxy Round remains unique, as its screen - a 5.7 inch, 1080p OLED one - is curved horizontally.



Not to be outdone by Samsung, shortly after the Galaxy Round was unveiled, LG announced its own smartphone with a curved screen: the G Flex. This time, the screen was curved vertically, giving the G Flex a more ergonomic shape (it's easier to hold the G Flex to your ear, instead of the Samsung Galaxy Round). The G Flex is a bit larger than the Galaxy Round, as it sports a 6-inch 720 display. Moreover, it's definitely worth mentioning the fact that the screen of the G Flex is not just curved, but also flexible (just like its entire body).



In September 2014, almost one year after releasing the Galaxy Round, Samsung announced its second handset to offer a curved display: the Galaxy Note Edge. This is another unique device, thanks to the fact that its Quad HD screen is curved only on one side. If we ignore its asymmetric design, the Note Edge is similar to the Galaxy Note 4, thus being one of the most powerful extra-large handsets to date.



Released in early 2015, the G Flex 2 is smaller, yet better than the original G Flex. Its 5.5-inch curved and flexible display offers a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, while other improvements include 3 GB of RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor.



The Galaxy S6 edge is the fancier, more expensive version of the regular Galaxy S6. Both handsets were announced by Samsung in March this year, and can be purchased since earlier this month. The screen of the S6 edge is curved on both its right and its left side, arguably making the handset look better than the Note Edge. A true powerhouse, the Galaxy S6 edge offers plenty of advanced features besides the 5.1-inch Quad HD display, including a 16 MP rear camera, an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, and up to 128 GB of internal memory.



Finally, here we have the latest handset to sport a curved display: the LG G4, which was announced this week. Although it's curved in the same way as the G Flex and G Flex 2, the curvature is less noticeable. The G4 is LG's current flagship smartphone, and you can find out more about it here. While all the other devices on our list are already available to buy, the LG G4 will not be released before the end of May (and, if you're in the US, you'll probably have to wait until June to get one).


How come all these curved smartphones are made (or at least designed) in South Korea? Well, both Samsung and LG have subsidiaries that manufacture their own displays (Samsung Display and LG Display, respectively), so they had the time and the know-how to experiment with various technologies and manufacturing techniques before being ready to mass-produce curved screens. But we're pretty sure that other smartphone makers will soon launch similar handsets, and we're looking forward to seeing what the future holds in this regard.

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34 Comments

1. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

The G4 does not have a curved display. ..

2. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

Only the glass is slightly curved

8. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

SS Google Nexus has curved glass too.

11. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Good call dude. The Galaxy nexus did have a slight curve. And HORRENDOUS battery life lol. Great phone otherwise though

17. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

The screen is curved at 3000 mm.

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats really useless then :-/

32. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Well that slightest curve keeps the screen from falling directly fact down, lowering the chances of a cracked screen

3. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I don't see any fundamental different between curved screen and flat screen, it just proved that the capability of phone maker able to make the curved screen, but the functionality is limited.

4. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

They say it improves durability and comfort while speaking on the phone

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

gal. round = it makes easier for thumb to reach other end of the screen (screen size is 5.7 so it will really help) lg flex = it make more comfortable to speak on the phone, and more comfortable to keep in the pocket note edge + s6 edge = it add extra functionality

5. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I thought the future was 3D phone's?

7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The future is your phone sending texts and making calls before you know you're going to do it. Just keep the booze away from the phone.

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but all smartphone come in 3D o.O

6. MarquiX unregistered

Lol, LG and Samsung got it down packed.

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't think I would ever get a curved screen. I was pretty close to getting the Edge because it just looks cool but I probably wont get anything like this until they have fold able displays and they have to make it so that you can't see where it folds when unfolded, that is going to be the trickiest part. The quality would also need to be on par with a flat display so that's probably a long ways off yet.

12. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I've had the GFlex (Original) and now the S6 Edge, the functionality may not be amazing, but don't knock it until you have tried it. Also it is freaking amazing to look at!

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I was close to getting the edge but ended up with just the plain gs6.

10. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The Korean were 3 step ahead in the display technology. Apple just stand still in their retina limbo.

14. seven7dust unregistered

the retina display was originally made by LG in korea too , but Apple made it work better through software , this is why the word retina display became popular and changed the course of scaling forever. very important move in smartphone history. rather than make the desktop bigger , they made the text and icons sharper by doubling desnsity,which fundamentally changed software UI forever. doesn't seem like a big thing cause everyone does it the Apple way now, but it huge move at the time. infact I was using my moms iPhone 4 recently and was amazed it works well to this day and is comparable to modern displays with very little pixelation. I'm sure the same thing will happen when Apple goes with curved , they'll use software to make it a killer feature.

19. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You're really giving advances in screen technology to apple? Sorry but I think you will find that it is all down to lg, samsung, sharp etc. Sorry but if I ask Jeff Goldbloom to build me a teleporter so I can sell them it doesn't make me a genius. It makes Old Jeffy boy a genius and me a credit taking c***

20. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

And look at the original iphone resolution vs the original galaxy s or other android phones. Apple would still have you on 3.5" screens with 320 × 240 resolution were it not for android phones pushing for higher resolutions.

21. seven7dust unregistered

no advances in software yes not hardware

23. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The hardware part is more impressive than the software part

24. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

agree.... The software part is just anti aliasing, in which NVidia & ATi contribte a lot compared to Apple that just come and put a name "retina"

22. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Apple just a follower in a technology, and I was surprised that they managed to fool many people into believing their the best / most advance.

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

apple can buy those screen from samsung/lg/sharp, but it will hurt their income.. but maybe in 2-3 year they will use it (or maybe sooner for their smartwatch, and if that giant can keep fooling many people :P )

15. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Nexus S? Galaxy Nexus?

16. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

LG G4 don't have curve screen.

18. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Yes it does, is curved at a 3000mm radius.

25. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

g4 is curved.

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