In the past 12 months we were introduced to a range of cool new tech in the mobile space. High resolution 1080p displays made us question whether the smartphone you were holding was sharper looking than real paper, quad-core processors dominated every device from the top-end to the entry-level, and some smartphone cameras packed more megapixels than a professional DSLR.
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Towards the end of 2013 we got a glimpse of what might be the future in Samsung’s Galaxy Round and LG’s G Flex. Both smartphones come with large curved OLED displays – the Round’s is horizontally curved; the Flex is vertically – as each company trials a new form factor in their home nation of Korea. Expect that to change in 2014 though, as Samsung, LG and others push curved-screen handsets in Western nations as well.
It’s unclear what the advantage is to having a curved display rather than a standard flat display, although it might have something to do with attempting to ergonomically fit your face during phone calls. What it does bring, though, is the goal of a flexible smartphone one step closer to reality, which has remained a pipe dream for many companies producing handsets today. A curved handset may not be the ideal form factor for the majority of users, so don’t expect your favorite flagships to change that much, but curved displays will be available for those wanting something different.
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