Bloomberg reports new flexible-display handset could emerge in second half of 2014

With the recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, we're finally witnessing arrival of flexible, curved smartphone displays, a trend that looks set to continue into 2014. And now Bloomberg brings news that Samsung might launch a different kind of curved-display handset — one with a "three-sided" screen. Citing "people familiar with the plans," the outlet says the screen would extend all the way around the phone's sides, allowing users to view messages from an angle, with each side of the display operating "independently."

The device may form part of the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note line, or it may be the first in a new line of products, according to the outlet. The new "three-sided" device will apparently use an upgraded version of Samsung's Yuom technology, which is utilized in the Galaxy Round's curved SuperAMOLED screen.

However it's unlikely we'll get our first glimpse of this new handset anytime soon, with one source reportedly saying to expect a launch sometime in the second half of 2014.

Source: Bloomberg

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coinmanmat says:

The Galaxy Round was kind of a joke. Looks like samsung is taking this technology much more seriously

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s2weden2000 says:

not a joke.
a test



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mmark27 says:

Good luck trying to hand that phone to someone to look at a picture, its hard enough already with errant screen taps, back button taps, etc. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should, Sammy.

silverfang77 says:

What's the point?

Would be nice to see this in the next iteration of the Galaxy Note products. Possibly the Galaxy Note 4.

It's ONLY Samsung or LG who have the GUTS to put this out to market. Everyone else will follow as usual.

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droidhead_1 says:

There was a video of a protype phone with this. Flip cover on the device but you could read a text or email on the part of the screen curved around the sides. I thought it was a great idea...

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mwara244 says:

What's the Point? Because Samsung wants LG to know it has a bigger D***. Seriously, all this seems to be is a measuring contest between the two trying to one up or be the first for their product to do something first.

jparker71 says:

Because of course they are.

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nickacs says:


s2weden2000 says:

that's right!

cgardnervt says:

Not sure the reason behind this. I like my candy bar phone! I don't need two more screens to possible break. :P

Polyacci says:

Curved amoleds are plastic. They don't break

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cgardnervt says:

So then it will scratch easier I take it?

goinovr says:

Corning has already developed flexible gorilla glass.

mwara244 says:

I'd like to see a 5-6 inch phone double sided that opens up into a tablet and then can fold in half again to be used as a phone.

MexPride says:

Haters gonna hate! If any other company was doing this you guys would be having orgasms. Keep hating :)


Haha, I actually agree. It's hilarious, how people are hating on something that's still in development.

I'm not sure, why people hate change. The handsets that everyone uses came about, because a company or group of companies took a chance: this is no different.

People should be open to companies looking to try something new.

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alisalmang says:

This is just fantastic stuff from Samsung!

~Lone androider in a tribe of sourapples~

Shunyata00 says:

Wrapping around the top for notifications, but not touch, would be handy. It would be a nice, low-power way to give detailed notifications.

deeb215 says:

I'm curious to see what will come of this.

I swear, Samsung would make a phone in the shape of a turd if they thought it would sell at all.

JGarrido says:

Ha ha, that's exactly the very first thing that came to mind when i heard 'three sided tablet'.

j_grouchy says:

Second half of 2014? Just in time for my upgrade from the Galaxy S3.

brendilon says:

A curved display is NOT the same thing as flexible. I really wish AC's writers would get that straight.

jashwua says:

Three sided I still can't picture what it would look like. All I see is a toblerone shaped phone.

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tgrant1975 says:

I don't understand why people get so upset that Samsung tries different types of devices, and if they kept every phone the same u would complain. I love what they do as much as I love my galaxy gear!! ;-)

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brendilon says:

Samsung deserves credit for trying new things, like the Galaxy Gear.
They also deserve criticism when those new devices turn out to be lame and half baked, like Galaxy Gear.

Winter is coming. She's quite the screamer.

tgrant1975 says:

I don't understand why people get so upset that Samsung tries different types of devices, and if they kept every phone the same u would complain. I love what they do as much as I love my galaxy gear!! ;-)

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Samsung's starting to piss me off! First curved display, then "flexible" display and now a three sided display? What a joke!

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You can always go back to a flip phone, lol.

I'm not sure, why it's pissing you off; they're trying something different. You don't have to buy it.

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Double Trouble!!

retsaw says:

I don't get how this would piss you off. Are they spending your money to make this phone?

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Icipher says:

I appreciate them trying something new. Don't entirely understand the point of it, but I'll withhold judgment until I can see the devices.

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Duncan1982 says:

Seriously some of the people on this thread need to get a grip, the evolution of smartphones are going into the flexible display like it or not as one said your not obligated to buy it.

The Round and G Flex are test examples and no they dont work for me, do i hate them hell no, i enjoy tech and seeing the various avenues its heading down.

I again like many appriciate and value yes Samsung, Lg, Htc, Sony for doing what they are.

Keep it up you have my positive attention, and if i do have a negative atleast i would make it construcive unlike some that just type a load of waffle lol

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ConTejas says:

Let me know when it can go to work, make me a sandwhich, or at least project a halogram. Seriously even the "old" projection keyboard could be more useful. The last REALLY cool and new thing I've done with a smartphone was pay via Google Wallet a few years ago. It still blows cashiers and bystanders minds alike using in on my N5 today, because it never took off for the masses! I blame that on Apple and a bit on ISIS.

glazedfaith says:

Please find attached:

All of my "what?"

Mikey47 says:

I just don't get it, and not a single person has been able to answer this question: how does curved glass on smartphones lead to flexible glass on smartphones?

Curved does not equal flexible.

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Noah Jones1 says:

Samsung's motto should be '' because we can''.

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plck74 says:

Make it like foldable smartphone

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flipponater says:

People bash on this,but i love it...Most companies(cough. APPLE)have stopped innovating and keeping with the same dull stuff...this at least shows me that they are still trying to innovate and are not stuck in one line because of money

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