Nexus S Contour Display Not Really Curved; It’s Just the Glass

It should hardly seem like a surprise, but a tear-down of the Nexus S has revealed that the phone’s screen is indeed flat, and it’s just a curved piece of glass that gives the Contour Display its shape.

The glass is solidly glued right onto the AMOLED display, and some heavy heat gun action is needed to even get the screen detached from the phone’s housing. While we’d be concerned that such an arrangement would make it tricky to pull off an accurate capacitive touchscreen, we haven’t heard of any problems from early adopters.

The end result should be the same for a Nexus S user, whether just the glass was curved or the display itself; you still have an exterior surface with an ergonomic bend to it. Still, it would have been neat to see a truly curved AMOLED panel, like the flexible ones manufacturers have been working on. Right now, it feels a bit like the first time we realized Sega’s Time Traveler wasn’t really 3D, but just a reflection in a curved mirror.

Source: iFixit

Via: Android Central

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