Curved screens are nothing new, as we’ve seen curved TV screens from the likes of LG
, but the technology isn’t exactly common at this point. That may be starting to change, as a Samsung
executive said that the company would be launching a curved-display smartphone in South Korea this October.
"We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," said Samsung's head of strategic marketing for mobile DJ Lee. The device will have a plastic OLED
Bendable display prototype, portending the future (Credit: IBN Live)
Unfortunately, that’s all he said in comments at a Galaxy Note 3
launch event, so there are no additional details to chew on.
Curved and bendable displays present the possibility for greater flexibility (pun!) primarily in mobile devices and for wearable computing
. It’s not hard to imagine what you could do with a smartwatch that’s all screen and bends gracefully around the wrist, or a smartphone with a large that folds up into a wallet-sized clamshell, or what have you.
Of course, first companies like Samsung will have to produce such a display, and then make it inexpensive enough that anyone will want to buy it, but if Mr. Lee is to be believed, step one is happening days from now.