Curved Samsung Galaxy Note 4 variant to be released for select markets

Samsung will be launching a number of products with curved OLED screens at IFA 2014 including a curved variant of the Galaxy Note 4 phablet for niche markets.

The IFA trade fair is still months away but Samsung has revealed information about some products that are to be expected from the company in Berlin. In a report from the Korean Times, a Samsung employee said that, the electronics maker will be launching a series of curved UHD TVs, wearables and the next generation Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung will be setting up its exhibit over a 6000 square feet floor at IFA with plans to "show the global technology industry that it is transforming itself into a solution provider from a hardware supplier," according to a senior executive of the company.

One of the key revelations from the Korea Times report is that the company will be launching two variants of the Galaxy Note 4 in Berlin, out of which one will feature a curved OLED screen while the other will have a regular OLED screen. The curved variant will be available in niche markets probably due to the cost and limited appeal. So far, Samsung has launched only one smartphone, the Galaxy Round, with a curved OLED screen, which was available only in South Korea.

Samsung is set to make big strides at IFA this year and co-CEO Yoon Boo-keun will deliver a keynote about the company's strategies for smart homes and the target markets. The 5 day trade fair starts on 5th September and will give us detailed information about the various Samsung devices.

Source: Korea Times | Image via Filehippo

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It puts each point of the screen an equal distance from the eyes. In the case of a smaller screen, this is true if you hold it really close to your face.

Wonder if this will cause more or less reflections on the screen?

Anyone used one of these curved screens yet?

I saw a 40" TV with the same tech and it looked a bit wired, sort of distorted! -what is the point?

Simon Fowkes said,
Wonder if this will cause more or less reflections on the screen?

Anyone used one of these curved screens yet?

I saw a 40" TV with the same tech and it looked a bit wired, sort of distorted! -what is the point?

Depends on the brand and they don't make 40 inch curved oleds

The curved style will stop the iPhone zealots saying Samsung "copied" the rounded corners ;) I think the curved shape looks better and suits Sammy devices, sets them apart from iJunk!

Selected markets mean usually NO for the USA market because the carriers don't want it, and because there is no competition in the USA, so the price can remain high.

is there a point to this sudden "curved" fad that seems to have popped up lately?

it seems to be a "just because" useless kind of thing to me

In theory its easier to grip and also on a larger phone the curve brings it closer to the face. Other than that mostly just because

I'm not too sure about how long the fad will last on phones, but the Curved TV's are amazing! I mean it's not worth the price tag but they give an amazing and immersive experience.

I was under the impression curvature was something that improved the viewing experience as the screen increased in size, but caused issues with squishiness in the edges of smaller screens. Maybe that's a matter of perspective too though.

So far I've checked out the Samsung demo (in both 4K and regular) and the LG demo (regular) and I haven't noticed the squish. however tbh the only thing 4K in terms of demo content we have are the actual demo disks. I'll have to check it out on 1080 though and see if that's true!