A battle to build the best curved screen smartphone- Samsung v/s LG

sumsung-mobileSamsung has finally unveiled world’s first curved screen phone. Technically it has beaten LG and the other runners in this line, namely Nokia and Apple, to be the first to do so, but it is yet to be seen who accomplishes the task better. The phone is called Galaxy Round and it has a slight curve, but otherwise it similar to Galaxy Note 3 in looks and features.

The curved shaped is supposed to offer a better grip to the users over the conventional flat phones. The phone has a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen and a 13 megapixels camera, like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. It runs Android 4.3 and has 3GB of RAM with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.

AMOLED technology is already being used in several high end phones and they have several advantages over the LCDs. Such displays are thinner, lighter, brighter, need less power, have better viewing angles, contrast and response time for video and animation. AMOLEDs are even cheaper than OLEDs.

Regarding the utility of the curved shape Samsung wrote  “As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device” Take a look at the Roll Effect in the video below

Samsung’s curved display has a horizontal bend, whereas LG had announced to create a vertically curved display. The difference cannot be compared before LG actually launches the phone, but creating flexible displays will usher a new era of consumer electronics, with better and innovative wearables.

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Continuing on the subject of wearables, Galaxy Gear by Samsung is a smartwatch which has a flat display. Even the other such devices by different tech companies do not yet have a curved display, which will undoubtedly make the gadget more attractive and comfortable to wear.

One thing that is to be noted is that Galaxy Round’s curved design is not really flexible. Although LG claims to be working on an actually bendable display along with a curved shaped battery too.

According to some speculations, LG will launch its curved screen phone by the first week of November this year. Then the consumers could decide which curved phone they like better. Currently Galaxy Round is available in South Korea for USD 1000.

Will people actually buy such phone? Post your comments below

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  • Akhil

    There is always a difference between hands-on and virtual experience. And when it comes to screen it is the most delicate part of the phone so a curved screen there is really a question about durability, b’coz if you press screen from two diagonal corners it will broke as it cannot handle that pressure (had it with samsung S2), and now a curved screen will be difficult to handle. Otherwise when it comes to holding it in hand it would be great as it will rightly fit in, as prior to this our hand has to be adjusted according to phone shape and now its reverse so good in handling. Next part comes to carrying it in pocket which will be another great problem and if also you get use to it the curve thing will be visible and can look wierd, also if something hit on your thigh there is 90% chance that your phone can broke.
    Actually lets wait and get hands-on experience then it would be an actual feedback.
    Next talking about LG doing it vertically, I would say it’s like buying problem, as it would be really difficult to even use it. Will just say All the best to LG.
    Also to add the main problem with Samsung is the plastic body and that too not durable. What if they use metal and let the phone be heavy but it will be durable, b’coz there was a time when phone was used as luxury and it was taken care of but now a days phones are used ‘RuffnTuff’ so durability comes into picture as it is necessity and no more luxury.. How much costly the phone is, it actually doesn’t matter..