Update (October 9, 2013): Courtesy of @evleaks, we now have an idea of how Samsung's up and coming curved smartphone is going to look like. In short: not terribly exciting. The South Korea-bound SM-G910S looks very similar to the Galaxy S4, just that it has a concave screen. It also seems to have a leather-like back (complete with stitching) like the Galaxy Note 3. Looking at the pictures, it also runs LTE-A and has a micro-USB 3.0 port.
The phone is said to be announced in South Korea as early as tomorrow, October 10.
Source: @evleaks Twitter.
Originally posted on September 27:
This is not a rumor. During the Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung’s mobile business head of strategy marketing D.J. Lee revealed that the company is planning to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October. Yes, you read that right: this October.
No other details were given, but it did catch some of us here by surprise, considering that the buzz around the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smart watch hasn’t died down yet. But then again, Samsung has been teasing us with handheld flexible display prototypes since January at CES 2013, such as the Youm that has a curved display that extends from one side to the other. That said, the soon-to-arrive smartphone looks to have a curved display, but not flexible in the sense that you can bend it, according to a report by Yonhapnews.
While smartphones and smart watches with a flexible display aren’t here yet, there are already more than a few options for those shopping for a curved large screen TV. And they’re offered by none other than Samsung and its home rival LG, with more in the works judging from what we saw at IFA 2013. The latter is also taking pre-orders for its curved OLED TV in Singapore starting today. In fact, just recently, both companies have agreed to settle their LCD and OLED disputes, in order to cement their ‘leadership in the global market by cooperation’.