KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung reportedly will announce its first smartphone to feature a curved glass display at an event in Korea in October.
DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, "We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October."
No further details were revealed, so its unclear whether the yet unannounced phone will see an international release, or what the device will look like. If it's anything like the curved OLED prototype Samsung showed off at this year's CES, however, it's unlikely that the handset will be flexible, instead featuring a subtle curve much like the firm's OLED televisions.
This is reflected in a number of patents the firm has applied for, where Samsung describes designing devices with shatter-proof curved screens to fit more comfortably in the hand.
Speculation also suggests that Samsung's debut curved handset will be a variant of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and given that the handset is set to be announced at the Galaxy Note 3 launch event, this theory does seem to make sense.
If this is the case, we can expect Samsung's first curved smartphone to feature a 'phablet' sized curved OLED display along with a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, dual 13MP and 2MP cameras and a 3,200mAh battery. If it's a variant of the Galaxy Note we can also expect to find a stylus included, although we're not sure how well this would work on the handset's curved display.
While it's still unclear whether these rumours are on the mark, all will be revealed in few weeks. µ
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