It's being reported today by the Korean Press that Samsung will officially launch the world's first curved display smartphone called the "Galaxy Round" Tomorrow. Our Patent Bolt blog first uncovered Samsung's design patent back in May of this year.
The new phone will debut on SK Telecom's LTE-Advanced network. Samsung has stated that while the display was not flexible, it has taken on distinct features of flexible displays to create a curved panel that is more user-friendly.
The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display curves inwards from the sides, with the radius of the curve measuring 40 centimeters.
Samsung's spokesman Ko Ho-jin stated that "The main idea is the grip, which is very comfortable because of the curved shape that helps the phone fit right into the palm."
The new model is about 10 percent lighter than the Galaxy Note 3, thanks to more use of plastic, and is thinner by 0.4 millimetres. The batteries for the Round, however, are not curved. LG Electronics is reportedly planning its version of a curved phone to be released as early as the end of this month using a curved battery.
SK Telecom once again confirmed the strong alliance they have been enjoying for years since Samsung first launched its Galaxy smartphone lineup to compete against Apple's iPhones launched in partnership with KT Corp.
With the curvature of the display being ever so slight, the only benefit is to Samsung in trying to play up the fact that they're the first to manufacture a curved display smartphone. In reality, it doesn't provide the user any real benefit. The HTC has a curved back for comfort without the need of a slightly curved display. It appears to be another superficial win for Samsung that's highly unlikely to bolster sales due to the new design.
With that said, eyes will be on Samsung's follow-up designs in 2014 to see if the designs could get a little bolder with added benefits for smartphones and tablets.
The US Patent Office publilshed one of Apple's concept patents back in March which revealed a bolder curved display design which was later "Photoshopped" as shown below.
Yet to be fair, Apple's concept patents take years to materialize which will give Samsung a wider lead in this area of design for years to come. Unless of course there's a surprise in the wings. Time will tell.
Samsung's "Roll Effect" Feature for the Galaxy Round