Samsung is reportedly planning to release another curved screen smartphone that shows off a different form than it opted for in the Galaxy Round.
According to Bloomberg, two people familiar with the unreleased device claim it will have a three-side display that wraps around edges of the device. The description appears to be more similar to two three-side reference models Samsung brought to CES last year — demonstrating its use for viewing messages from the side of the device, for example, when it's lying on a table.
According to the report, that's what the three-side screen will enable, with each side of the display made to operate independently. It's unclear whether it will be used in Samsung's S or Note line, though it is likely to be released in the second half of 2014.
Like the Round, it would also rely on Samsung's Youm flexible display technology. While Samsung pushes the boundaries of smartphone displays, it hasn't made the Galaxy Round available outside Korea, making it difficult to see whether consumers elsewhere are interested in such a device -or whether other manufacturers would also run with the concept.
A European litmus test for curved display smartphones may soon come through after Orange begins selling LG's G Flex next February.The 6-inch phablet has a 1280x720p Plastic OLED screen, a 3,500mAh battery, a 13-megapixel front facing camera and 2.1-megapixel rear-facing equivalent.