Samsung models curved smartphone prototype at CES

By on January 10, 2013, 7:30 AM

As if Samsung’s curved OLED television set wasn’t enough to attract attention at CES, the company took things one step further just a day later by showing off a prototype smartphone with a flexible display. Developed under the “YOUM” line, the panel is constructed of a thin piece of plastic that is said to be virtually unbreakable even if dropped.

Brian Berkeley, Samsung’s senior vice president of display, thinks that flexible displays will begin to change how people interact with handheld devices and could even open up new lifestyle possibilities. He told conference attendees that it will allow their partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices.

The nameless prototype on hand during Samsung’s keynote featured a display that extended over the edge of the handset, allowing the user to quickly read a text message or stock ticker on the edge of the phone instead of having to pull the handset out for a full front-on view.

Samsung wasn’t very forthcoming with specifications but we do know the display was roughly five inches and carried a 16:9 aspect ratio at “about” 720p quality. Furthermore, the proof of concept wasn’t a true phone as it didn’t have a wireless radio, camera or even an operating system.

The Verge spent some time with the device after the presentation and noted that it certainly felt like a prototype, specifically pointing out its plastic construction and how it felt hollow inside. Executives didn’t spend a ton of time talking about it but with any luck, we may see more of it at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona.




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ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

Galaxy S4 maybe?

misor misor said:

Looks lioke the body/casing of nokia lumia but with curved screen.

the curved display technology looks promising as it can be incorporated into a car's windshield = smartcar

korean carmakers like hyundai and kia could implement this technology.

killeriii said:

I think this will make phones more durable. Little bit of flex when you drop it would save it.

2 people like this | lipe123 said:

I think this will make phones more durable. Little bit of flex when you drop it would save it.

Haha yea they should just make the whole phone casing from rubber - worlds first bouncing smartphone.

Divvet said:

I think this will make phones more durable. Little bit of flex when you drop it would save it.

Haha yea they should just make the whole phone casing from rubber - worlds first bouncing smartphone.

Unfortunately Nokia beat them to it years ago...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_5210

Modeazy said:

Remember reading about this on Techspot a few years ago...thumbs up TS.

Modeazy said:

For keeping us updated I mean.

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