Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
LG, Samsung Announce Release Dates for Curved Smartphones
LG, Samsung Announce Release Dates for Curved Smartphones

By Barry Levine
October 7, 2013 9:59AM

    Bookmark and Share
The curved screens on the TV sets are intended to remove the problem of screen-edge distortion by making sure that all points on the screen are the same distance from a viewer’s eyes, but the appeal of a non-foldable, curved screen is less evident. One selling point will be its durability, given the plastic instead of glass substrate, plus such devices will undoubtedly be the envy of friends, at least for a while.
 



Get ready for curved smartphones. On Monday, electronics maker LG announced that it will begin selling curved phones next year, and Samsung has confirmed that it will be releasing a curved phone sometime next week in South Korea.

Both LG and Samsung currently sell curved OLED TV sets, and the global flexible display market, according to IHS Display Bank, will grow from $1.5 billion in 2016 to $10 billion by 2019. LG described its upcoming product as having “the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones.” OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, is a high-resolution, high-contrast display. Samsung’s offering will be a special version of its Galaxy Note 3, which reportedly will be called the Galaxy Round.

LG said its screen will curve top-to-bottom rather than side-to-side, the same orientation Samsung indicated in a recent patent filing for its curved screen. LG said its panel uses a plastic substrate instead of glass, is “bendable and unbreakable” and, at 0.44 mm thin and 7.2 grams, is the slimmest and lightest of any existing mobile display. More importantly for user experience, the screen size is 6-inches, measured from top to bottom.

The ‘Big Bang’

But a screen that can be bent somewhat does not mean that either company will be releasing a foldable device, at least not soon. Ramon Llamas, Research Analyst for IDC Mobility, told NewsFactor.com that the “big bang” would be a foldable display that “goes back to the flip phone,” except that the opened screen would be mostly screen.

Until then, he said, a curved screen, even one that can bend a bit, is at best an “incremental added value.” A six-inch screen provides a significant increase in screen real estate, but it must be carried in a pocket at that size unless you can fold it.

The curved screens on the TV sets are intended to remove the problem of screen-edge distortion by making sure that all points on the screen are the same distance from a viewer’s eyes, but the appeal of a non-foldable, curved screen is less evident. One selling point will be its durability, given the plastic instead of glass substrate, plus such devices will undoubtedly be the envy of friends, at least for a while.

Curved Galaxy Gear

Samsung announced late last month its intent to release a curved version of the Note 3 in South Korea in October, although it has now specified next week. It is also expected to introduce a curved-screen version of its new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear.

The handset maker, currently number one in the world, has been working on curved and bendable screens for some time, occasionally showing them at trade shows as works-in-progress. Most recently, the company showed several prototype products at a trade show in January that featured flexible or curved displays. In May, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reported that Samsung had been granted a patent for a smartphone with a curved display.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions at Risk
4.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
5.   Facebook To Force Use of Messenger


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's ARM-Based Opteron Out in $3K Dev Kit
It's dubbed "Seattle" and it's AMD's first 64-bit ARM-based Opteron processor. The low-power chip is being released as part of AMD’s Opteron A1100-series developer kit, and aimed at high-end data center needs.
 
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.