Samsung’s curved phone may be first in new series, not a Note variant – rumor

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 3, 2013

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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve heard  rumors about Samsung releasing a variant of the Galaxy Note 3 equipped with a plastic-based display. However, a new report squarely contradicts those rumors, claiming that Samsung will create a distinct series of devices, similar to the Galaxy S and Note series.

Korean outlet Money Today is reporting that Samsung’s curved screen phone would be similar to the Youm prototypes we’ve first seen at CES back in January. This first device will reportedly not feature an S Pen and will not be a rugged variant of the Note 3 as we first thought.

As a reminder, Samsung executives recently disclosed that the company’s first phone equipped with a plastic-based display will launch this month.

Ameblo, a Japanese tech blog, discovered a GFXBench benchmark entry that could belong to this curved screen phone. The entry for the device codenamed SM-G910S reveals the presence of a Snapdragon 800 processor, a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, and Android 4.3. The device is LTE-A compatible and may launch as soon as next week with several Korean carriers.

Samsung has competition in the flexible display race – just today, we learned that the G Flex, LG’s owned curved phone, could launch in November, with a 6-inch 1280 x 720 display and a Snapdragon 800 processor on board.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I don’t think it will end up being anything more than a gimmick.

    • MasterMuffin

      screen that is extremely hard to break and makes devices like the one Samsung demoed in its ad (the phone/tablet) possible? Yup gimmick

      • Luka Mlinar

        Talking about the curved display like the one in the pic.

        • MasterMuffin

          I don’t have any opinion on that, but the curved phone that LG is rumored to make is just pure gimmick :)

  • Anon

    Note series is a huge success, thanks to the S Pen. I hope they do something like that with this again!

  • cycad007

    And the advantage of a curved phone is what exactly?! I imagine all it’ll do is increase the thickness of the device….not exactly desirable. But then again I was wrong about the phablet craze….people do like ridiculously big 6″ phones

  • Amadeus Klein

    Honestly I want foldable tablets that when opened have no break down the middle Of the screen.

  • Dragonscourgex

    I still like watching that little video.

  • GasparIPerez

    Ok could someone please explain why you want to build/buy a curved phone? What is the advantage? To me it looks just wierd and ugly…

    • hackermike

      Well people like you said the same thing when touch screen phone first come out. I believe no i ideas is bad. With time someone might come with useful of curve screen. There is some sense in nonsense

      • GasparIPerez

        …And the advantage is?

      • neferpi

        yep, totally agree.
        don’t let skepticism halt advance of technology. :)

    • Anders CT

      I don’t think there is much of an advantage. Think of it as a phone with a bezel so thin, that a bit of the wallpaper bleeds around the edges. It’s probably one of those things you have to see with your own eyes before you make a judgement.

  • PooCaster

    Plastic doesn’t shatter like glass, it could be a great save on screen damages – furthermore a plastic/curved display opens the door to more designs and style that may prove useful – also those screens from CES looked amzaeballs cool.

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    • MasterMuffin

      I had plastic screen on my E7, it does take a lot to break it (impossibruu), but downside is that it feels horrible

      • mobilemann

        the fact that they are so much softer is also bad from a scratching point of view. Did you have issues like that?

        • MasterMuffin

          I didn’t. That may be true in case of a scratch test, but in normal usage at least for me glass scratches easier (legal disclaimer/EULA= depends on usage :D)

          • mobilemann

            i rock my gs3 naked. My gn3 should be here today, and i already have a screen protector for it, but not sure if i want to apply, as the gorilla glass 2 on the gs3 was pretty kick ass.

          • MasterMuffin

            that first sentence sounded weird xD Same here, I’ve even dropped my s3 from little over 1 meter (~4 feet?) on gravel screen down, merely an almost invisible scratch!

          • mobilemann

            hahah touche. no scratches yet on the GS3, which is why i’m thinking about letting the note 3 be naked too… bit worried though. it came in-between your last message and this one. You must be good luck.

          • MasterMuffin

            Good :)

    • Anders CT

      Yes, but it feels worse, because of lower thermal conductivity, and higher friction. A flouropolymer coat could solve the latter problem.

      The real problem is that it scratches really easy. The same quality that makes glass shatter, also makes it rigid and reasonably scratch resistant.

      • PooCaster

        Well all that remains to be seen as they havent mass produced any yet – though if it makes the screen shatterproof its may be worth the trade off – remains to be seen really, hoping so as i’ve been walking around with a cracked screen for a month now =/

  • Fievel

    Have fun, Otterbox!

  • yama

    flexble c0ckz and curved asses will be more failure than the 3D hype :) ull see and big flop.

    • MasterMuffin


      • I think yama tried to say that he’s skeptical about the potential applications of flexible display technology in the consumers electronics market, comparing it with the less then impressive evolution of 3D display technology.
        Not sure though.

        • MasterMuffin

          oh yeah, I can see that… xD

      • TechDevil

        I think we just witnessed the death of the English language in yama’s comment. Rest in peace <3

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    • Blowntoaster

      yama, you nut…LMAO…

  • Kettzy

    I’d prefer the device to be same as shown at CES presentation. It’s definitely a good option to start off with for a curved LED display devices. Better not to jump before you walk.

  • John Riley

    Samsung is the joint market leader in the global smartphone industry with Apple. They both have 18.5% market share globally but Samsung is capturing the developing markets of China where Apple is losing out due to premium pricing, Steve Job’s demise and lack of creativity which was evident at the arrival of Apple 5C and 5S.

    This article helped me in understanding the complex dynamics of the smartphone industry.

    Cheers :)

    #Smartphone #Apple #Samsung

  • theonewhowas

    Future potential could hold in store such things as raised buttons, and who knows… possibly braille? Certainly not the stupidest thing that I could think of. Maybe its a fatter phone, but its still new tech. Whats the advantage to a curved edge? Depends on what they do with it. Being sammy, with their touch wizz tweaker stuff (that im not a huge fan of, but applaud for making it appealing), they could possibly incorporate a scroll wheel on the edge…. work great on big phones for people who claim they dont have the hands for em… its innovation, it will get used somewhere, some porno set with “flexible c0ckz and curved asses”.

    But ya, in true annonymous internet style, gotta run your mouths off. No wonder our gov is in shut down. Our people are negative, quick to judge, and plain out retarded. You cant govern stupid.