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The flexible display tech we've all been waiting for? 

@evleaks, who is always a source you want to pay attention to, has just posted this picture on their Twitter account. Yes, this is what appears to be the curved display phone from Samsung we've been hearing about for a while. 

Sporting an SK Telecom (the dancing Bugdroid carrier) icon and Korean language writing, it would appear that this one will be releasing in Samsung's homeland. Other than that, we have no details about exactly what we're seeing. And the ones I can imagine aren't fit to print.

Edit: Another image has been posted, and conformation that this is a Korea only affair, for now. See it after the break.

Are we ready for phones like this? Call me skeptical, but I see little benefit here — at least none that would be worth the added manufacturing costs. Maybe it's one of those things you need to hold before it makes sense.

Source: @evleaks

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bigkevbosky says:

WTF is that....ugh. Normally I don't hate on Samsung, actually like their products, but what is the point of this?

rovex says:

I dont care what the point is, I like it!

ConTejas says:

That's logic right there...

rampage1979 says:

You kidding right? This is a joke.

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n8cs says:

Said Apple about android when it first came out...

SlimJ87D says:

It's supposed to be ergonomics they believe it'll fit better in your hand and be easier for your thumbs to hit the screen.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, it might also reduce some glare depending on the angles they have chose.

We'll see their presentation and maybe they'll share scientific data with us or some numbers.

laxu says:

I imagine landscape mode would suffer a bit. How much the curvature changes actually viewing the device remains to be seen though.

Current batch of 4.7-5.0" smartphones are already rather wide so anything that makes it easier to hold (as width is the main issue) is a plus.

Not sold on holding onto the physical home button and the capacitive menu and back buttons though. With devices this big, those should be activated by gestures rather than buttons that are hard to reach onehanded.

darrylz07 says:

You nailed it..landscape mode might look awkward

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sk3litor says:

Actually the concave design will reflect the light inward. So no matter what angle you hold it, it will have a glare right in the middle. (I'm pretty sure)

npco543 says:

While a convex surface will (if it's reflective) reflect light towards a center point, that point is out in front of the surface a distance, not on the actual screen. So, a glare won't be in a particular location (like the middle), it'll be at whatever point on the screen that is facing the source of the glare. On a flat screen, this can be the entire screen (since it's flat), where it'll be a small(er) band on a curved screen. But the tradeoff is that a curved screen is essentially pointing in more directions, so if there's multiple potential sources of glare/reflections in the surrounding environment, they're more likely to be reflected.

I'm not really sure if the purpose of this is to reduce glare/reflections, and the amount of curvature isn't enough to truly make a large screen easier to reach. It could be argued that the curvature brings the edges of the screen closer to the center, but we're talking fractions of a millimeter here - not enough to be noticeable in any reasonable way. It strikes me as more a gimmick just to sell the next generation of phones and/or justify maintaining currently accepted prices.

elijah_m says:

The fact that most phones can only do so much with design and Apple suing everyone with rounded edges. Sometimes you just gotta go crazy.

Here's to the crazy ones...... er... wait.

Bobaroo says:

Isn't my GNex already curved?

hmmm says:

Only the glass on top of the display is curved.

bosshaug12 says:

Really the lens isn't even curved. Its just a piece of glass much thicker at the bottom than the top giving it a "curved" appearance. It's still flat on the bottom like the display.

Makes me wonder what doing screen repairs on curved screens will be like

Lekoq Grande says:

add a bun and some ketchup then u got a phone dog! #stupididea

alexlam24 says:

Hi Aaron Baker from phonedog.com here....

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alexlam24 says:

Hi Aaron Baker from phonedog.com here....

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Jason Iijima says:

If you going to have a curved display, I appreciate they decided on curving the width of the phone. The LG curved display is along the length of the phone to meet the curvature of the face while on a call. It may fit the curve of one's face, but it won't fit the curve of your leg while in you pocket. I don't know which would be more useful to look at while doing smart phony things.

ConTejas says:

It'll cover my dong when my pants are too f*cking tight but I'm too lazy to change them.

radixe says:

Hopefully it doesnt choose to explode at that time.

ScottJ says:

I feel sorry for you and any of your partners. It would take a tablet for me.

Harvester01 says:

You can make calls from a smart phone? Who knew?!

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dp917 says:

It's curved to fit the contour of your leg or butt when in pocket!

Lekoq Grande says:

yes because i need a phone to fit my fine inner thigh LOL...and whos butt curves like that?

dplane says:

You have pockets on your inner thigh?

Groovey

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acuda27 says:

Miley Cyrus says Hi

Xader says:

Also to cradle nicely in the palm of your hand.

dchawk81 says:

Not my butt; I have a donk like Kardashian. I'd need a half circle.

Aaron Watson says:

So, what is this? O.o

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If this is it. Its ugly.

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sharpehenry says:

More I look at it. I think this is just a photoshop of the s4. I mean come on..

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More like a photoshop of the note 3. Look at the fake leather back...

whitenack says:

I would think a curved display like this would make one-handed swiping very difficult, both in portrait and landscape modes. This may be a real rendering, but I doubt it would ever make it past the prototype phase.

alexlam24 says:

On the bright side if you spill water it won't ruv off

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Averix says:

Here's what I don't understand. If this tech is actually viable, why on earth didn't they use it for the Galaxy Gear. They would have had the first curved screen smartwatch that actually would have looked good on your wrist instead of like a giant box. This seems stupid to me. No benefit that I can think of. Honestly, the pic looks like a bad Photoshop job rather than a product.

insert says:

They were desperate to push the product out first, even if it sucked.

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insert says:

They were desperate to push the product out first, even if it sucked.

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Adooooom says:

For all those people who have been dying to have all their videos and apps distorted like its the 90s and we all have curved CRT's!

Ry says:

Get bent.

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Lekoq Grande says:

ha that should be their slogan!!

MERCDROID says:

+9000

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rkirmeier says:

At first I thought it was dumb but as someone noted its curved to fit better in your pocket. I like that a lot. Give me a curved Note 4 and I might go that big. Right now it just don't not fit in a pocket...

dchawk81 says:

Well, I don't buy devices based on how they feel against my thighs, despite the fact that they vibrate.

alexlam24 says:

I like vibrating :)

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MERCDROID says:

Me three lol

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jackwagon06 says:

"Giggity goo" comes as a stock ring tone

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This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. A curved phone should -- at the least -- respond and be in relation to a person's face. I'm sounding the hoax alert on this.

skribbles505 says:

For me its less about the ability of the display to curve and more about the ability to survive a drop! Unbreakable display is a huge feature for me!

wmtoandroid says:

I like flat phones. These "curved phones" seem more gimmicky than anything.

I'd be interested to see how case manufacturers respond to curved devices - especially if they are flexible displays.

Johnny Z says:

This. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

1ll1TERAT3 says:

Why would anyone want this? It looks awful. I see the real point in flexible screens coming when you can fold screens. Like having a power and size of a tablet, but able to be folded into a phone.

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dplane says:

Most tech innovations started with a whole bunch of folks saying '' WTF no one will ever use that''... Sammy however is the king of actually making sure those people are right

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hmmm says:

This makes the news but not the fact the next Nexus will be $299 for 16GB...

aitt says:

Rumor $399 for 32 GB with a 3000 mah battery. But who's keeping up with news though right? LOL

"Fact" according to? There's nothing approaching a "fact" about the Nexus 5.

hmmm says:

The same can be said of this leaked photo. So, I chose my word poorly.

ConTejas says:

Boom

Nick Rhodes says:

In AC's defense, they never said that picture was "fact".

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Except this is CLEARLY titled as a "leak". And you were referring to the Nexus 5 leak as FACT.

The Nexus 5 nonsense from yesterday is all false.

SSherris says:

Bigger display, still fits in your hand. Why is this distressing everyone? Nobody's going to make you get this. You can still use your flat S4 or your old Moto flipphone.

aitt says:

Honestly I feel Flex Display will have much better use when say the next gen Smart Watches come out, or curved displays for Gaming monitors and TV. Or even a curve display for bike helmets. The future is there for benefits, just not for a phone to be curved to say first. It's a great step into new technology though.

twolastnames says:

Plastic is a terrible material for a watch face, and I assume that this is a plastic display. Unless of course it's scratch proof plastic

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PsychoAIKO says:

Ugh.... as in damn that's ugly and completely pointless! No Thnx ill stick to the HTC ONE phone of the year! Woohoo!

NoNexus says:

Used to be phone of the year, the Note 3 buries the One.

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dacp283 says:

Except that in the grand scheme of things very few people want a phone as big as the notes. Of all the people I know with smart phones only one has a note (2) and he hates it lol.
Edit: And this phone is every bit of ugly.

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sublimaze says:

You are entitled to your opinion about ugliness, but Samsung selling 10 million Notes and 30 million Note 2s shows that you are clueless about product demand.

ConTejas says:

And it still won't be the phone of next year. Nice device, nonetheless. Funny thing is of my circle it's the ladies that love the Note ABC since they put that phablet in a purse. I can palm a basketball, so don't go there lol.

dchawk81 says:

Women love those big ass SUVs too despite being unable to handle them.

jackwagon06 says:

Sorry Mercdroid.....+9000

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rampage1979 says:

You ment to say phablet of the year lol, the Note 3 is an awesome phone but I agree the Htc one really hit it out of the park even the iPhone goofs stood up and noticed the Htc one.

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Taco Tuesday

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someguy01234 says:

That's a bad Photoshop.

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bselandry says:

I know I'm looking at a leak photo here but if that's even close to the bendable screen were talking about. I have some questions about the frame and rest of the phone bending how much give are we talking about here? Looking at the LG screen on other thread there sporting as there bendable screen just looks amazing compared to this.

GMC MaXx says:

You can lay it face down without risking damage to the display. Of course, if you have a case on your phone you can do this anyway.

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Cubfan says:

Samsung, your display is fine. Work on the other stuff like a better camera.

twolastnames says:

Never used a Samsung camera ehh?

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KTMKTM says:

Samsung cameras are fine. They need to work on not using plastic.

ScottJ says:

Yeah. They should get to work building their phones out of something that can shatter or dent. Unbreakable plastic takes all the fun out of it.

But... metal and glass are premium? :)

net62957 says:

Fits like a glove. Good idea.

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Retinella says:

I really don't get it. Why the curve?

ScottJ says:

That's what she said. Once we got going, she understood.

Abionic says:

The mass of a sufficiently large object will shape said object into a sphere.

This is an intermediate form.

Lol

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Motorola Droid Bionic Has Been Stolen and has been recovered! Yey!

Maggnus says:

Youm would only be useful to me if it turns out to be more durable while maintaining or exceeding the current resolution or sunlight legibility of the current premium screens

Chicago33 says:

Slow down Samsung. It's enough things to do in the world, Like looking for UFO's.

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n8cs says:

People are so quick to judge based on an image. And gimmicky? What company doesn't use "gimmicks" to stand out? Its always not new enough or too gimmicky. And why does every story about Samsung have someone boasting the HTC One? I, for one, couldn't care less about how you feel about your phone made by unpaid employees...

benhmadison says:

There is a difference between useful features and gimmicks. Moto's new devices have useful features, there is nothing gimmicky about them. Every feature of the HTC One is useful such as Zoe and Highlights, Boomsound etc. The first thing you have to do when powering on a new Samsung device is attempt to debloat it and turn off all of the hand waving, eye scrolling and other battery killing gimmicks.

n8cs says:

Opinions. ALL phone makers add things to make their phone unique in some way. As much as it may hurt you, someone with a differing opinion CAN just call those gimmicks. These are phones... beyond making a phone call, all else is superfluous. If a phones features are not for you, buy something else. Plain. And. Simple.

jackwagon06 says:

Awe. Some. Comment

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BB_Bmore says:

Not what I pictured. Will be looking to LG

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Marc11218 says:

Wait.. LG is making one to

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icvos says:

Unless it bends you can have it. Multitouch would be so weird on a curved screen.

radgatt says:

What would the battery look like? Or would this be the Samsung phone with a non-removable battery?

benhmadison says:

Can you imagine the backlash from the "removable battery is a must" crowd:)

n8cs says:

It would have a battery either way...

AgentScribe says:

Only obvious benefit I perceive is easier to grasp/better hand feel....but, my question would be whether it would be a tradeoff in screen size benefit.

I would guess not, else this phone wouldn't be in the works.

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RaiderWill says:

Samsung.. You tease us with a vision of the future and show us the Wallet/Phablet phone earlier this year.. Now you have the nerve to front this?

LG.. You just announced your Flex Battery.. You have OLED Technology.
YOU make the Wallet/Phablet Phone! and STEAL the market with a device that would be so futuristic that very few would be able to resist purchasing it.

2 years and 60 Million sold devices later, Let Samsung sue you.. It would be too late.. You will have already won..:)

Do it LG.. make 2014 the year of the Wallet/Phablet Phone.

n8cs says:

That's elaborate

DJLevy7 says:

Nope... Nice try

jakedsnake says:

Good lord that is just AWFUL.

super garbage damn ugly. they should stick to the normal phones

I don't know if I've missed the explanation or what...but isn't a curved screen going to distort any text or images at the edges.
Harv.!

Mikey47 says:

Go home Samsung, you're drunk!

Let me know when the "flexible" screen allows me to fold the phone in half (lengthwise or widthwise). Until then, I'll stick with the standard flat screen thank you very much.

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ccm435 says:

This would be horrible. I do not like it at all. I mean a slight curve like they did with the Gnex is fine, but man. That think looks like you'll wanna bend it into a taco. No thanks. Give me straight flat lines. That's what looks good to the eye. We've got enough curves Samsung. We don't need em in the screen itself.

Kayone73 says:

Another potential advantage is dropped phones might result in fewer shattered screena

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I don't see the point in this... Yes it may help with glares but other than that... I rather have a flat phone...

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n8cs says:

Buy a flat phone...

Buck-eye says:

The Samsung Taco.

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Samsung Galaxy Taco :)

2jjordan12 says:

I think everyone is missing the point here...this is the future of mobile technology and in being the first to bring it to market, there will be a lot of trial and error...whether this makes sense or not innovation is at play here

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Mikey47 says:

Please explain how this is the future.

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radixe says:

Are they curving it just for the sake of using their curved screens? I can't think up a single reason why anyone would want a curved phone like that.

Awesomesaur says:

Gaming would be completely impossible on this "thing" without the use of a controller

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the1m.polo says:

Ok why does every post end up being about a nexus....Lmao ....damn!!

Phil could post about the first phone that prints toilet paper and even a wipes your ass..or the first phone that the screen taste like whatever image is displayed...

And sure effin enough you'll see 21 responses... "Oh I can't wait for the Nexus"...Lmao.. Wtf... I get people love Nexus... but gawd damn!!! Does everything have to be about a Nexus?!?!

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br3ndo702 says:

This!

Posted from my Galaxy s4 or HTC One.

br3ndo702 says:

I see no point in this. Looks awkward. I say keep a flexible display but make it flat. Goodbye shattered screens.

Posted from my Galaxy s4 or HTC One.

xaml says:

In this model, the panel is flexible and the glass is curved, while a curved glass phone with a flat panel was already introduced in the form of the Nexus S.

benhmadison says:

If I carried this device I would have to kick my own ass.

n8cs says:

Then by all means...

bart001 says:

This will be a fad just like 3D television.

ChromeJob says:

It's the phone made for your back pocket.

Buttiful.

// AC app on Nexus 7 //

JonK says:

Anybody else notice that the back of this phone seems to be advertising LTE Advanced..?

xaml says:

It might just be a Galaxy Note 3 owner who went too far after being misinformed about regional restrictions...