Samsung Beats Apple to Curved Smartphone Screen
It looks like Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has beaten rival Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in creating a smartphone with a curved screen. Apple filed for a patent on a device with a wraparound display back in March, but nothing has come of those plans as of yet. Samsung, however, announced Wednesday that it has created a device with a curved screen, which will be unveiled later this fall.
“We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October,” Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing, D.J. Lee, said Wednesday at an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone in Seoul, according to Reuters.
Curved displays are the first step toward creating bendable screens, which would be groundbreaking for smartphones and wearable tech, eliminating worry about screen cracks and allowing for an array of new shapes. Samsung already has some experience with the technology, as it makes curved OLED televisions. Those TV sets cost around $9,000, Reuters reports, which leaves some uncertainty about whether the technology can be produced cheaply enough to make devices that employ it affordable.