It’s official: Samsung to release smartphone with curved display next month

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 25, 2013

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The rumors were accurate – Samsung is going to introduce the first smartphone with a plastic-based display as soon as next month.

Talking at the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 in South Korea, Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing D.J. Lee said the company is planning to release a device with a curved display in South Korea in October. While Samsung has teased devices equipped with plastic-based displays for years, this is the first time we get official confirmation on an actual product release.

Park Sang-jin, the president of Samsung SDI, the conglomerate’s battery making division, clarified that the device will be rigid and that it will have a unique design:

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The first generations of plastic-based, flexible displays will probably be similar to the the Youm devices that Samsung demoed at CES in January.

In addition to the possibility to use curved screens, flexible displays are considered unbreakable and are much lighter and thinner than conventional glass-based panels, leaving more space for other components such as batteries.

Rumors say that the first curved display smartphone will be a “limited edition” of the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung is reportedly hoping to sell one curved screen model for every ten Galaxy Note 3, translating to initial sales in the hundreds of thousands.

  • Amine Elouakil

    lol? The Note 3 didn’t hit the market yet, and they are already releasing some other phone/version? if this happens to be true and this phone is a high end device, it only mean one thing, the Note 3 pre-orders/carrier and shop orders are way lower than expected.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      or they just want to introduce this new type of phone in a limited quantity and see how people will react to the product.

      • Balraj

        Remember the galaxy mega n all..they wanted to know if 6inch is big or not
        So they were able to make note 3 5.7 inch
        Its like makin stupidcustomer victims
        Same concept
        I +100 you :-)

        • It’s all about the pen. The screen is second.
          The designers must have in mind – pocketability.

          • Balraj

            Who told the screen is second..screen is everything..
            Spen is what makes note series special…btw note 3 is not pocket friendly..o have seen ppl use note 2..its nice..I have seen many ppl put they note 2 in bag, purse, jacket pocket, very few in main pocket..Samsung spends a ton in marketing.galaxy trend was released in India few days ago..everywhere its been advertised.the phone is bad..So Samsung knows how to market.So its a fact..Samsung used mega series to get to note 3 size..

      • Amine Elouakil

        Do you think that producing smartphone is like switching from selling tomatoes to potatoes ? It takes months of designing the product, months to makes the first prototypes and carriers testing and months to set up the production process the production line, the part supplyers and supply chain …… it cost hundrend of millions to produce a phone especially a high end one.

        This only way it would works as you say is if they are cutting cost by reusing the same hardware including the casing from an available product with the only different thing in the phone is the screen and even then they have to go trough a reverse engineering process to make sure everything work/fits

        From a business stand point, they have two choices either make a new product that is FAR from being similar to the Note 3 and not in the same category (bigger or smaller maybe phasing out the S4 for it) or making another version of an available device (same production line only difference is screen and it shape)

        • frankie

          wrong, they want to be the first to release a product like this ahead of LG

          • Amine Elouakil

            wrong, how my post is wrong, you didn’t even point a single point wrong.

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Wrong again.

            P.S. Your intelligence appears to be at an all-time low and can be attributed to one of two causes: you are an iSheep or your brain evaporated during the last heat-wave.

          • shahin

            lol ….ur funny man

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Sarcasm is the best form of humor.

          • Amine Elouakil

            An iSheep that owns an HTC One or am I missing the sarcasm here <.< ? I doubt that I'm the one that lacks intelligence here, my comments nor argumentation was proven wrong, yet because none of you could do so you ressort to insults? that's alone shows everything

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Wrong AGAIN!

            When was the last time you attempted to proof read your typing? Proper use of punctuation and capitalization makes interpreting your thoughts so much more easier for those of us that passed grade 1 the first time.

            P.S. We all know you are a closet iSheep.

          • Amine Elouakil

            I don’t. why are you avoiding the point? can’t argue? figured that much. Mad?

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Yet again, wrong.

            I only argue with the intelligent, not imbeciles.

            P.S. In case you do not know what imbecile means, it is defined as “a stupid person”.
            P.P.S. In case you were having difficulty with identifying the imbecile in our debate, just find a mirror and stare in it.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Then why the hell you keep commenting and answering each time if you only argue with intelligent and not imbeciles, you are just contradicting your self, Oh! I didn’t know you thought so highly of me, thank you.

            The imbecile here is the one who keeps insulting yet running from the conversation, isn’t that quite cowardly from your side

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Wrong! Imbecile!

            By the way, there is no space in the word yourself. As for you yourself, however, there is a space; actually it is more like a cavity. It is located inside your cranium where your brain was before it evaporated.

            P.S. I have not once argued with you because I prefer insulting you.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Oh ! keep it coming Mr InternetToughGuy.

          • Xenomorph Predator

            Oh! I will Mr. Internet Weak Guy.

          • Amine Elouakil

            that was a weak response for once what’s hapenning buddy?

          • Xenomorph Predator

            What is happening is your spelling SUCKS!! Piss off until your brain forms a cloud. Anything in that cranium is better than nothing.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Yes of course will do ! but while I’m trying to do so can you answer or argue against my point if you are that inteligent or are you ?

          • Xenomorph Predator

            You are questioning my intelligence? WRONG. You should question yours. From what I see, you excel at profound retardation…you dumb dummy.

          • Amine Elouakil

            I’m not questioning it, because you’ve proven to be incapable to hold an argument, so Intelligence, you have none of it.

          • Xenomorph Predator


          • Amine Elouakil

            How is it wrong if you cannot prove it so? It’s the harsh truth buddy

  • james blunt

    Give me a phone that will never break Samsung

    • carlosfrancoz

      ^^ THIS is what I’m asking for!!!

    • br00tus

      already exists. buy a lifeproof case for your galaxy s3 or s4 lol

    • Xenomorph Predator

      No one can offer that because they are in the money making business.

      • Yes – they are in the money making business. But none of us say, “My S2 isn’t broken so I’ll still use it.”

        Broken or not, we are going to upgrade.

        I’ve never broke a phone. But I upgrade. And when I do buy a phone, I get a SquareTrade warranty.

        So, I’m not sure what your point is..

        • Xenomorph Predator


  • Balraj

    Smartphone are gonna make us more lazy in future….very lazy

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Ever see Wall*E? lol (kinda)

    • Xenomorph Predator

      It must already have an affect on you. Your spelling needs a workout.

  • Tom Blinky

    People mostly seem to be talking about the curved screens as if they’re something new, but my Nexus S had a curved screen. It was neat.

    The story here is the plastic displays. Not the curved screen.

    And wouldn’t plastic VS glass be sacrificing scratch resistance for shatter proofedness?

    • taz89

      The nexus s never had a curved display. The glass on top was slightly curved but the actual screen beneath it was flat like normal.. this will be a true curved display.

    • As a kid, we had a TV with a curved screen.

      We danced around the yard like wild engines when we got rid of the curves (CRT) and went flat (LCD).

  • Groud Frank

    I wonder how much this one is going to break the bank.

    • Xenomorph Predator

      If your bank is made of Youm it should not break at all.

      • Jmoney510


  • Ivan Budiutama

    Okay, first question, what is the added functionality with the curved screen? unless it will enable a Hologram like effect or add 200% more on battery durability. I barely see any reason to get one, even in the name of innovation.

    Want some crazy idea? Well here some example: create something similar to S-View cover for S4 only the transparent screen covers more of the Phone screen, and for the rest of the front face, add a nicely functioning physical keyboard. Maybe added some other button to activate the keyboard (or you can make the keyboard automatically disabled when the S-cover is open). This way, you added functionality especially to people crave for physical keyboard button. Something I might buy myself.

  • As far as their presentation went about youm displays. It has its own advantages. It gives better battery life because uses less power. More durable. Notification might be presented at the side. More design possibilities. If I remembered clearly, flexible displays are cheaper to use. What are the disadvantages? The other parts of the phone aren’t flexible. Which means the phone won’t be unbreakable since it cannot bend upon impact. Limited design. Well feel free to add some more info. By the way is there any way T-mobile will carry this thing because it could very well be a Galaxy Note 3 Active xD

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  • PleaseDearGodNo

    Gross. I honestly think this is useless. Unless used for just a aesthetic effect when you’re scrolling horizontally to give the illusion that the page is sliding around the phone (or w/e), this is pretty useless.