Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 and also announces plans for smartphone with 'curved display'
New device would be part of Samsung's continued push to out-innovate competitors in the smartphone market
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Samsung has announced plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved display, a new form factor that would be a first in the mobile industry.
The announcement was made by the South Korean company’s head of strategic marketing DJ Lee at an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 phablet in Seoul, with Lee stating that phone would arrive locally next month. No further details were offered about hardware specifications or other sales regions.
Samsung’s interest in flexible displays has long been known with the company showing off two prototype devices at a CES presentation in January this year.
The devices used Samsung’s Youm branded screens, with one featuring a display built on “extremely thin plastic” that could bend and flex (see picture above and video below). Samsung noted that unlike a glass screen a plastic display “won’t break even if it’s dropped”.
A second prototype featured a screen that bent around the corners of the device allowing “content to flow along the sides”. In the product demonstration notifications was displayed along the edge of the smartphone allowing for quick access to messages.
“This kind of display technology is going to allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices,” said Samsung during the presentation. “Devices with bended, foldable and rollable screens.”
Samsung also recently introduced another new form factor – the Galaxy Gear smartwatch – but the device received mix reactions from the press. More of a companion device than a phone in its own right, the Galaxy Gear must be paired with a smartphone and is then used as a buffer device, displaying notifications and messages in an easily accessible form.
It was commonly thought that Samsung had rushed the production of the device after rumours that Apple are building their own smartwatch - the so called iWatch - refused to die.
It's not known whether this promised device with a flexible screen will be a fully-developed product ready for the market, or simply another attempt by Samsung so stake their claim to producing the most innovative mobile devices.
Newcastle winger is in Argentina having chemotherapy
Actors star in Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'
Human faces unique 'because we don't recognise each other by smell'
Man's attempt to avoid being impounded heavily criticised
Returning to the stage after 20 years makes actress feel 'nauseous'
Life & Style blogs
Victoria's Secret models star in new nude Russell James book
iPhone 6 review: bigger, thinner, faster, brighter - Apple proves you can make the best better
iPhone 6 Plus review: more like a small iPad that makes calls - but perfect for some
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Why I haven't washed my hair in three years: It isn't greasy, it doesn't smell
- 4 Grandmas keep accidentally tagging themselves as Grandmaster Flash on Facebook
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Computer Futures (an SThree br...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35,000 first year: SThree: The SThree group i...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...