LG Rumored to Work on New Smartphone with Curved Screen

Recent reports claim LG is working on a next-generation smartphone with a curved screen.

The Korean tech company is now predicted to eclipse its hometown rival Samsung on the smartphone market by unveiling the first commercial curved OLED phone. Photo: Techetron

There’re rumors circulating that claim the unusual smartphone will be dubbed the LG Z. The rumors roundup comes right after reports of Samsung planning to launch a curved screen version of the Galaxy Note 3 soon.

Both Korean companies are currenly working hard on their curved screen devices. Both companies have curved screen OLED television sets that are already on the market.

According to a Pan Armenian report, last April, a rumor surfaced that LG would launch its new smartphone with OLED screen before the year was over.

As it was mentioned before, the news of the rumored novelty comes just after 10 days reports emerged, claiming that Samsung was set to unveil a smartphone with a curved display in October.

Samsung said it would unveil a smartphone with a curved display in October – a technological innovation aimed at maintaining its lead in a lucrative but increasingly saturated market.

Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing D.J. Lee announced the move during the Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul, Wednesday.

Samsung is trying to stay a step ahead in the race, teasing the public with its YOUM flexible AMOLED display technology last year and a prototype smartphone showcased last January.

The displays were supposed to go to market last April but has been delayed, with reports pointing to a November launch instead. Now, Samsung’s head of strategic marketing for mobile business D.J. Lee has revealed that the company is planning to introduce a finished product in South Korea in October.

However, the company still may face a major challenge in making other handset components – such as batteries – that can bend with the rest of the unit.

No further details were revealed, so its unclear whether the yet unannounced phone will see an international release, or what the device will look like. This is reflected in a number of patents the firm has applied for, where Samsung describes designing devices with shatter-proof curved screens to fit more comfortably in the hand.

It has been rumored that Samsung’s debut curved handset will be a variant of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and given that the handset is set to be announced at the Galaxy Note 3 launch event, this theory does seem to make sense, says the Inquirer

In this case Samsung’s first curved smartphone may feature a ‘phablet’ sized curved OLED display along with a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, dual 13MP and 2MP cameras and a 3,200mAh battery.

Samsung has also been experimenting a lot with flexible displays. Technical hurdles aside, the main problem with flexible displays thus far has been figuring out a practical use for them. Samsung even went as far as to launch a contest over the summer offering cash prizes totaling $20,000 for flexible display device ideas.

Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by companies including Samsung and LG.

The displays are supposed to offer a more immersive viewing experience but are significantly more expensive than standard screens.

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