KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung reportedly is planning a Galaxy smartphone with a wraparound display for release in 2014.
Bloomberg heard from people "familiar with the plans" that a smartphone with a three-sided, wraparound display is on Samsung's roadmap for 2014. This phone likely will launch as part of the firm's Galaxy ranges, the sources added, hinting that the odd display could feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4.
The rumoured wraparound display reportedly will be built using an updated version of Samsung's Youm technology that features on the curved Galaxy Round smartphone. It reportedly will curve around the sides of the smartphone, allowing users to view the screen from "every angle." According to the report, the three sides of the wraparound screen will also operate independently of each other, allowing users to do different things on each side of the screen.
That's not all Samsung has on its roadmap for next year, as the firm has already revealed that it will launch a smartphone with a 2K display in 2014, which will measure 5.2in and boast 2560x1440 resolution and a pixel density of 560ppi.
We're unlikely to see a truly flexible smartphone from Samsung next year though, with the firm promising bendy displays in 2015, the year when we're also likely to see the first 4K Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
It's unclear when Samsung's rumoured smartphone with a wraparound display will make its debut, but Bloomberg's sources said it's unlikely to appear until the second-half of 2014. However, with Apple reportedly planning two curved iPhones for next year, it's likely that Samsung will be looking to beat its rival to market. µ