Samsung: The next best thing since sliced bread will be curved phones; PROMISE!

At least, that's probably what they're thinking.

Samsung has been showing off prototypes of flexed and curved device displays for a while now, and a few weeks ago, Samsung's head of strategic marketing D.J Lee claimed it would announce a smartphone with a curved display screen sometime in October. Now it looks like the well known Internet gadget leaker "evleaks" has posted a render of what that device might look like.

The evleaks Twitter feed's latest update today contains the above image and the caption, "Do not adjust your display." The render shows what looks like a Samsung Galaxy S4 that has been depressed by a rather heavy boot, with a display that curves inwards. The phone looks like it is running a version of Android. When Samsung showed off a curved display prototype at a CES 2013 press event in January, the company used Windows Phone as the OS.

This would seem to indicate that Samsung is very close to revealing more details about the smartphone, perhaps as soon as this week. On Monday, rival smartphone maker LG announced it had started mass production of the first flexible 6-inch OLED displays, which means LG could make its own curved smartphone announcement very soon as well.

Source: evleaks on Twitter

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I don't see the reason of a curved screen for a phone. For very big TV screens yes, but phone displays are too small for that. Just to prove they can, is not a reason...

I was planning on getting a Note3 to replace my Note1, but with all of this curved screen
stuff, I think I'll go with the Nexus5 as a stop gap, until maybe mid next year, to see how this whole flexible screen plays out. I would LOVE IT, if someone would release say a 5-6" screen device, but, when you open it up, it becomes a 10-12" tablet.

I can see the benefit of not having it hit the ground when you drop it flat. Also didn't they have computer monitors like this? Inward bend. Helps with 3d imaging. They had one in the movie Paycheck. Also easier to reach with your thumbs. Maybe easier on the eyes also. Just a few ideas.

BUY IT... Because "Curved" is the new "Flat".
So, now we are getting back to CRT-like curved screens.... lol.

Wonder what's next? Well... conic displays. Why? Just because we can™. ;-)

PS: On a more serious tone, there is no ****ing point in making a curved phone screen if it's not bendable. Otherwise is just change for the sake of change... and money milking, i forgot.

Ironic considering the same year design goes flat due to fashion (i.e. IOS7, YouTube logo, Google branding etc).

I think LG just showed a curve screen where some type of phone information was showing on the side, which make the curve screen more usable.

The only possible benefit I can see out of this is if somebody dropped their phone and it landed screen down on a hard flat surface (and without any additional protection), the screen would not contact the ground, instead the bezel would make contact. Leading to less screen damage from dropped phones.

Aside from that, WTF are they thinking?

Steven Parker said,
I doubt this particular phone is bendable.

Right this phone is not bendable .. only curved screen... but like I said, in the future, bendable phones will be out in a few years.. I provided the link, a few posts up.

shozilla said,

Right this phone is not bendable .. only curved screen... but like I said, in the future, bendable phones will be out in a few years.. I provided the link, a few posts up.

Man, a bendable phone with a quality screen would be difficult to manufacture. Also, extremely expensive.

Edit: Just saw your link.

Spicoli said,
I would say probably not because the material would fatigue and break.

Contrary to what was commonly thought when it started to be commonly used concrete life span is, average, twenty years; if a flexible screen would not show marks or crack for let us say two years of intense use it would not be a problem.
Furthermore things will only improve: early Flat TV sets, plasma ones, last a, relatively, short time, were subject to burning spots etc.

Fritzly said,

Contrary to what was commonly thought when it started to be commonly used concrete life span is, average, twenty years; if a flexible screen would not show marks or crack for let us say two years of intense use it would not be a problem.
Furthermore things will only improve: early Flat TV sets, plasma ones, last a, relatively, short time, were subject to burning spots etc.

I would consider two years far too short, but I don't believe it would last even that long. I suspect the lifespan under constant flexing would be in hours. The only way to really know is destructive testing.

Spicoli said,

I would consider two years far too short, but I don't believe it would last even that long. I suspect the lifespan under constant flexing would be in hours. The only way to really know is destructive testing.

A CEO who would launch a flexible screen device that breaks in hours... should not be a CEO... :-)

Fritzly said,

A CEO who would launch a flexible screen device that breaks in hours... should not be a CEO... :-)

Are you under the false impression someone launched a flexible screen device?

Spicoli said,

Are you under the false impression someone launched a flexible screen device?

No, the difference between "curved" and "flexible" is quite clear to me. I just replied to your initial statement and then, to your reply.
You might want to check your initial reply to shozilla.....

vcfan said,
Apple iphone 6. Now with revolutionary iFlex™ display. this changes everything.

iBend... over and take it *cough*

you are apple obsessed more then any person i know... except that one guy... starts with a B.

vcfan said,
Apple iphone 6. Now with revolutionary iFlex™ display. this changes everything.

rippleman said,
you are apple obsessed more then any person i know... except that one guy... starts with a B.

Put your quotes in the beginning. Almost scared me

Thing I don't get is... a flexible, hard to damage display I could understand - this would be useful.

However a display that's fixed in place, but just curved for the sake of it.. could anyone enlighten me as to exactly what the point, or even the benefits are? This isn't to be facetious - I just genuinely don't know what the benefit would be and can't understand if I'm missing some obvious selling point!

Chicane-UK said,
Thing I don't get is... a flexible, hard to damage display I could understand - this would be useful.

However a display that's fixed in place, but just curved for the sake of it.. could anyone enlighten me as to exactly what the point, or even the benefits are? This isn't to be facetious - I just genuinely don't know what the benefit would be and can't understand if I'm missing some obvious selling point!

From a useability pov, in single handed use, a curved screen's corner is easier to reach with your thumb.
Other than that, besides yet another marketing gimmick, I don't see the point

supposed to mimic the curve of the eyes viewing zone those easier for the eyes = better?

just a thought, No idea really.

Chicane-UK said,
However a display that's fixed in place, but just curved for the sake of it.. could anyone enlighten me as to exactly what the point, or even the benefits are?

I fail to see how it could useful too. Perhaps with this kind of curve, the screen is better protected. Or it's just a marketing gimmick.

Chicane-UK said,
Thing I don't get is... a flexible, hard to damage display I could understand - this would be useful.

However a display that's fixed in place, but just curved for the sake of it.. could anyone enlighten me as to exactly what the point, or even the benefits are? This isn't to be facetious - I just genuinely don't know what the benefit would be and can't understand if I'm missing some obvious selling point!

It's just another gimmick like much of the other junk Samsung throws onto their phones that hardly anybody uses.

For something they are so excited about, they are sure doing a crappy job promoting why anybody would want a curved phone.

There's certainly plenty of "try everything and see what sells" at Samsung... However I can see a certain sense in a curved screen. The side of your head is not flat. Your eyes are not flat. In fact, unless you are horrendously deformed and/or have been in an accident, not one single part of your body is flat.

So a curved screen makes a certain amount of sense. Especially to a company who are marketing themselves as technology for humans.

What does the body not being flat have anything to do with the curvature of a phone? Do you constantly place your phone against your face that the phone needs to be permanently curved in such a fixed position? I don't think I've heard of complaints that a phone didn't conform to the shape of someone's face.