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Curved Phones – Meet the smartphones with curved displays.
Once considered an idea from the future, smartphones with curved screens are now the reality.
Well aware of the fact that the screen is one of the main factors potential buyers take into account when choosing a new phone, smartphone makers have been experimenting with this component for the past couple of years. We now have screens in every size imaginable, and offering resolution so high you wouldn’t even dream about a few years ago. However, probably the biggest step forward was the invention of curved phones with bent display which not only make the phone look like a gadget from the future but also offer additional functionality. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the smartphones with curved displays.
Samsung Galaxy Round
The Galaxy Round was world’s first smartphone to come with a curved display. It was announced in October 2013 and went on sale in South Korea later that month. Of all the phone featuring curved displays, the Galaxy Round is the only device with a screen curved horizontally. The display measure 5.7 inches diagonally and offers 1080p resolution.
LG G Flex
The LG G Flex went official shortly after the Galaxy Round, but both phones couldn’t be more different. Unlike the Galaxy Round, the G Flex is curved vertically which earned the device a funny nickname – banana phone. Arguably, such shape is more ergonomic, since it fits more comfortably in hand and brings the microphone closer to mouth. The G Flex with its 6-inch screen is slightly bigger than the Galaxy Round but steps down to 720p resolution. It’s also worth noting that the screen is not only curved but also flexible to a certain degree.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung’s next phone with curved display, the Galaxy Note Edge, was launched almost a year after the Galaxy Round. This time, though, the manufacturer took a different approach. The phone as such is flat, as is the screen, but one side of the display wraps around the edge creating additional space which can be used for example for shortcuts or displaying notifications. It gives the handset a slightly asymmetric appearance, however, if you can get past this detail, the Galaxy Note Edge has quite a lot to offer, starting with a massive QHD resolution.
LG G Flex 2
The G Flex 2 is a follow-up to the G Flex and like its predecessor, has a screen that curves vertically and is flexible. The display, however, is smaller but sharper – it measures 5.5 inches diagonally and sports 1080p resolution. Other than that, the phone comes with a few improvements such as 3GB of RAM and octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The Galaxy S6 Edge is a more premium cousin of the Galaxy S6. With the Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung further explored the idea introduced with the Note Edge, that is wrapping screen around the edge. In this case, though, the display curves on both sides which greatly improves aesthetic impressions. 5.1-inch QHD display aside, the Galaxy S6 Edge can satisfy the need of even the most demanding users thanks to a 16-megapixel rear camera, an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, and up to 128 GB of internal memory.
Why curved phones are not cheap
From users’ point of view, screen is the most important part of a smartphone, so no wonder that manufacturers are so eager to put new ideas to test. It’s all the easier for LG and Samsung because both companies have subsidiaries that manufacture their own displays, but at some point other smartphone makers will probably start using curved displays too. Due to high costs, at the moment such screens can be found only on the most high-end devices, but as it’s the case with every technology, it’s just a matter of time until it finds its way to lower tiers of the market.