Samsung plans phone with three-sided display

I think we were all a little disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy Round, primarily because we were expecting something just a little more flexible or curvy. If a new report is to be believed, Samsung might well be cooking up such a thing for 2014.

Bloomberg, citing 'two people familiar with the plans', claims Samsung is planning a Galaxy smartphone next year with a three-sided display, which is said to wrap around the edges so messages can be read from an angle,

The phone is said to be the first real incarnation of the company's Youm technology, which it showed off at the start of 2013 at the CES trade show. 12 months on and it might be ready for public consumption.

The display may be used in the S or Note series of premium handsets or may be the first in a new line, the sources said. Samsung plans to have each side of the display operate independently, which is likely to be an interesting concept. With Apple readying larger screen phones for 2014, Samsung needs to push the boundaries further in the premium market. Multiple screens seem to be the answer.

'We'll see curved displays coming into the market, but it’s just a question of whether they will gain any significant traction with customers,' said Van Baker, director of research at Gartner Inc.

That could be the thing. Do customers really want something like curved or multiple screens or are they happy with what they have? If Samsung uses the new technology on an upcoming flagship, it is certainly a risk. Samsung doesn’t have a specific release date for the new device, but the second half of next year is being talked about. That does, of course, point to the next generation of Galaxy Note as being the recipient rather than the next S device.

We should know more at the upcoming CES show in January, with Samsung almost certain to show off its latest advances in flexible screen technology.

Source: Bloomberg

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