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Foxconn Chief Speaks Out Against Curved Smartphones

Foxconn Chief Speaks Out Against Curved Smartphones

Curved displays are a relatively new development in the consumer space. Samsung is super proud of its curved 4K television, and in mobile, both Samsung and LG are showing off curved smartphones, which they say are designed to fit rear pockets. However, not everyone is convinced that this is the future of display design. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is among the critics who don't see a need or reason for curved smartphones.

"People are talking about, wow, displays that can transform, but they forget that you have to be able to use these devices," Gou said at Foxconn's shareholder meeting, according to PCWorld.

It's interesting that Gou would have anything all to say on the matter, though it could be taken as a hint that curved displays aren't on Apple's radar, especially with its upcoming iPhone 6 line. Bear in mind that Foxconn is the biggest manufacturer of Apple products, including the iPhone.

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Alternately, he just might not be a fan of the technology after talking it over with Samsung and LG.

"They explained that if the men want to put a large phone into their jeans, it has to be able to fit their buttocks," Gou said. "This is a company ranked worldwide number 1, number 2 in displays, and their marketing is saying this."

In terms of usability, Gou also dismissed the notion that curved smartphones are easier to use. According to Gou, people spend more time looking at their phones than holding them up to their heads, and with a curved screen, "you won't be able to see the display clearly."
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maybe its because i don't put my phone in my back pocket so im not a fan of the curved display. It doesn't seem really handy when using other then the fact that it fits in the back pocket. As for other devices like a TV i still rather have a flat one.

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I see the potential for it, but I don't see myself jumping onto the bandwagon. It's a cute little idea, but it almost seems like it'll be a trend we'll all forget in 5 years.

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I don't think the curved screen is all that impressive or useful. However i do see the back pocket thing making sense if that is where you keep your phone.

Also i don't know if anyone else has this problem but when I talk on the phone my face tends to smush up against the screen. I don't find it very comfortable so it could help relieve that problem.

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Instead of whining about curved phones maybe you should be addressing the way you treat your workers.

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Curved screens seem like a gimmick to me for most types of screens.

I wouldn't mind seeing an ultrawide monitor with a curved screen as an alternative to having multiple monitors.

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dat face... impossibruuuuu

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Personally I feel that they will actually be better, though he does sound a bit salty about them soooo whatever.

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