Samsung launches world’s first smartphone with curved screen

 
City A.M. Reporter
SAMSUNG Electronics yesterday launched a variant of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone with a curved display, moving a step closer to introducing wearable devices with flexible screens.

The Galaxy Round’s 5.7-inch display has a slight horizontal curve and weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, allowing a more comfortable grip than other flat-screen models on the market, mobile carrier SK Telecom said in a statement. Curved displays open up possibilities for bendable designs that could eventually transform the high-end smartphone market by allowing mobile and wearable gadgets to take new forms.

LG Electronics plans to introduce a smartphone with a vertically curved display in November, a source familiar with the matter said this week. Samsung’s new phone, available through South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier SK Telecom, costs 1.089 million won (£626).

Curved displays are on the frontlines of Samsung’s innovation war with rivals such as Apple and LG Electronics.