Flexible/curved displays – gimmicks or the future?

Posted By on Nov 15, 2013 in Android | 0 comments


Flexible phone displays have been all over the news lately. The big tech companies (particularly LG and Samsung) are determined to show off their flexible screens. But what does this mean to us at the moment? Curved displays? The question is are these displays gimmicks and tech companies just show off or are they the future?

A few months back Samsung announced their ability to produce curved displays and showed off the prototypes that included things like this:

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Then a while later they released a phone with a curved screen unimaginatively called the Galaxy Round.

This is not a new idea. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus had a slight curve to its screen – in order to sit more comfortably on your face when you made a call. But other than that is there really any point? I certainly can’t see any in having the display spill over the edge of the phone (other than to make it appear bezel free).

Then LG announced the Flex.

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This phone is actually quite impressive and deserves a post all of its own, but again the screen is curved. This time however, it flexes and appears to have some serious strength that (theoretically) reduces the potential damage it will suffer with everyday use.

Still, for me the whole flexible display thing is pretty pointless and gimmicky at the moment. That is until they invented a phone you can roll up like a sheet of paper and stuff in your pocket or a phone with a retractable screen that expands and contracts at will and makes tablets obsolete.

What do you think? Am I missing the point?