South Korean smartphone companies compete in the race for flexible screen technology
Samsung launches Galaxy variant with curved screen while LG plans to introduce curved display in November
Reuters in Seoul
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched a variant of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved display, moving a step closer to introducing wearable devices with flexible screens.
The Galaxy Round’s 5.7-inch (14.4-centimetre) display has a slight horizontal curve and weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, allowing a more comfortable grip than other flat-screen models on the market, mobile carrier SK Telecom Co Ltd said in a statement.
Curved displays open up possibilities for bendable designs that could eventually transform the high-end smartphone market by allowing mobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms.
LG Electronics Inc plans to introduce a smartphone with a vertically curved display in November, a source familiar with the matter said this week.
Samsung’s new phone, available through South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom, costs 1.089 million won (HK$7,850).