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Samsung May Reveal Curved "Galaxy Round" Smartphone

Hot on the heels of LG confirming that it has entered mass production of 6 inch curved smartphone displays, the Korean media reports that Samsung is expected to reveal its "Galaxy Round" smartphone possibly this week. Samsung is pushing to be the first company to produce a smartphone with a plastic-based OLED flexible screen instead of glass, making the device more durable and cheaper to produce.

Sources in Korea report that the specs of Samsung's upcoming curvy phone will be similar to the Galaxy Note 3, hence the number of rumors surrounding new and different versions of the Note 3 device. This device will also reportedly be produced in limited numbers, so the price tag may be higher than the Note 3 if it supports the S-Pen.

The Korean media also reports that Samsung Display is already mass producing 5.7 inch flexible OLED displays and supplying them to Samsung Electronics. The panel will offer a Full HD resolution, measure only 0.12 mm thin, weigh 5.2 grams, and have a curvature radius of 400 mm. By comparison, LG's panel will supposedly be 6 inches and measure a thicker 0.44 mm.

Oled-info reports that Samsung's flexible OLEDs are being produced at the company's 5.5-Gen line. Currently, this line has a capacity of about 8,000 sheets per month, which is around 1 million 5 inch panels at 100 percent yields. But given that Samsung won't reach 100 percent yields and is producing 5.7 inch panels, the company is likely churning out hundreds of thousands of panels per month instead.

The Galaxy Round name seemingly implies that Samsung intends to release the limited edition phone outside South Korea as well. There's also speculation that the device could simply be a Galaxy Note 3 Special Edition model. The curved phone will supposedly be similar to the Youm prototypes showcased back in January during CES 2013, and was even spotted on a GFXBench benchmark with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean."

While Samsung's phone will supposedly be curved from side to side, LG's reported 6 inch G Flex will be curved from top to bottom. The flexible displays won't mean these gadgets will be bendable, but will instead enable these new, unique form factors. Eventually, flexible OLEDs will give way to mobile and wearable gadgets that take on more "natural," ergonomic designs than current "boxy" devices.

UPDATE: Added the "leaked" image provided by @evleaks

  • nevilence
    I think the development of this kind of tech is smart and furute products will be very cool. However this phone sounds pointless, I cant see why I would want a curved screen on my phone. On wearable tech, sure, on a phone, WTF?
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  • vinhn
    Yeah, don't really get why one would need a curve phone. For better on ear placement? Anyway, it is still good to see we are inspiring for new ideas.
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  • Pgooch
    ehh it would fit the back pocket better only use i could see
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  • Shankovich
    Must have been hell for the engineering team in charge for the PCB layouts (I'm guessing they used multiple ones since you can't curve chips...yet). If the phone will be as curved as that picture, that'd be awesome!
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  • wemakeourfuture
    @AppleGoingDown:

    You know nothing about computer architecture (hardware & software) if you think just because a Samsung smartphone has more ram that it will run circles around an iPhone.

    Optimization of operating system to hardware is unmatched with Apple products because they fully create both ends and can optimize that not Android or Windows phone can. So they don't need more RAM to achieve the same or better results.

    There operating system is set to run on very specific hardware which has its downsides but for a pure performance standout is unmatched. I can get into a lot more detail, but having more ram, or a bit faster CPU or graphics won't mean it will actually achieve better results.
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  • brandonjclark
    Cheaper to produce, same cost!
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  • wemakeourfuture
    Marketshare is not the only metric in business. And you clearly don't understand business.

    Should Mercedes and BMW stop making cars because GM has more marketshare? Should Gucci and Prada stop making clothes because Gap has more marketshare?

    Marketshare is skewed because it takes all phones, dumb and smartphones. And what's the margins on most of the cheap/crappy iPhones sold in India/China/Brazil/Russia? Those millions sold in those countries aren't the flagship Android phones but crap like Ace 3 and worse.

    Look at margins, profit, increase in profit.
    There's a reason why Apple's marketcap is larger than all the Android vendors put together, even with some of them not having smartphones as their core revenue generator.

    ie. Apple's marketcap is bigger than (Samsung + HTC + LG + Sony + ...)

    Your point about it still having "more ram" than Apple shows you know nothing about computer architecture.

    Also, funny how you're saying Apple is copying Google with Android, when Android was a complete copy of iOS.

    Number 1 phone is debatable, I can make a case for millions of people iPhone 5S is the absolutely best phone. And I can make the case that the S4 or Note 3 is the best phone for others.
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  • Shankovich
    @ AppleGoingDown screw off you retarded troll, wow. Something tells me you're actually not a troll and are just so biased it hurts though. The amount of ram doesn't affect speed, its clock rate does. 1 MB of DDR3-1866 would be faster than 8 GB of DDR3-1600. If you're going to argue on a tech site, at least know a thing or two -_-
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  • Shankovich
    @ AppleGoingDown screw off you retarded troll, wow. Something tells me you're actually not a troll and are just so biased it hurts though. The amount of ram doesn't affect speed, its clock rate does. 1 MB of DDR3-1866 would be faster than 8 GB of DDR3-1600. If you're going to argue on a tech site, at least know a thing or two -_-
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  • Shankovich
    Damn it Tom's, would it hurt to fix this multi-post issue, as well as the bots?????
    Reply