Samsung is planning to release a new Galaxy smartphone that will have a three-sided display allowing messages to be read from various angles.
Bloomberg reports that the device will use Samsung’s Youm technology that is currently a centre-point of the Galaxy Round with sources stating that it hasn’t yet decided if the device will be a part of the S or Note series, or be a new line altogether.
The device, if released, will use an upgraded version of the technology used in the Galaxy Round with messages wrapping around the edges of the devices so that it can be read from a variety of different angles.
Samsung hasn’t set in stone a release date as of yet and the sources quoted by Bloomberg state that it is most likely to debut in the second half of 2014 and shows the continuing trend for smartphones to use bendable displays. Analysts are still questioning whether consumers will take to the devices with Van Baker, director of research at Gartner, stating the main challenge is “whether they will gain any significant traction with customers.”
When it comes to the market for bendable smartphones, Samsung is one of the leaders with only LG a significant challenger, as it stands, and Apple nowhere to be seen.
“Samsung is the dominant player,” Lee Do Hoon, an analyst at CIMB Group Holdings in Seoul told Bloomberg. “That gives it a competitive advantage over Apple in the race to make phones with bendable displays.”
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Round smartphone back in October with a concave 5.7in AMOLED screen that is the same size as the one that ships with the Galaxy Note 3. It is just 7.99mm thick and weighs 154g with its specs including a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and the show is run by Android 4.3.