Samsung’s 2014 plans could include smartphone with wrap-around display

The flexible screen genie is out of the bottle, and we’ve already seen the technology that allows manufacturers to craft OLED displays on flexible substrates lead to the creation of the curved-screen Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex. As neat as those models are, this is only round one – a proof-of-concept, if you will – and now we have to see what sort of designs OEMs can come up with to further impress us with displays that no longer have to be perfectly flat. A new rumor’s out today suggesting how Samsung might do just that, developing a Galaxy smartphone with a wrap-around display that extends to the handset’s sides.

The idea is that the phone’s screen would sort of spill-out onto two sides – we assume the long ones – allowing information to be displayed right on those edges. These parts of the screen would act independently from the center, so we’re not looking a some kind of weird desktop that’s too big for the phone’s face, but instead something that sounds more like it offers room for notifications – like a news ticker.

All that sounds a lot like a prototype Samsung was showing off back at the start of 2013 (seen above), but we’re not sure just how much of that design might carry over to the final product.

There’s a chance that a screen like this could show up in a Galaxy S or Note model next year, but sources also offer the possibility that Samsung will create some new device family specifically for models like this.

The whole thing makes for an interesting idea, and while we’re not completely sold on it (as the edges of our phones tend to take the most abuse, and we worry how durable a model like this would be) we’re already itching to see just what it might look like in action.

Source: Bloomberg

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