Both LG and Samsung announced smartphones with curved displays last month. LG calls theirs the G Flex, while Samsung calls their device the Galaxy Round. Now before you get excited, note that these two handsets are, for all intents and purposes, prototypes. They’re on sale in only one market, South Korea, and they’re both stupid expensive. Why then were they made? Because each company wanted to show off their technical expertise.
What’s different about a curved screen compared to a regular flat display? Think about Mexican food for a second. There are hard shell (stiff) and soft shell (flexible) tacos. The beef and vegetables, those are the pixels and all the fancy electronics needed to render images. Hard shell “tacos” are hard because they’re made out of glass. There are probably at least 100 factories, each of them absurdly large, pumping out hard shell tacos each and every day in multiple sizes. Soft shell tacos on the other hand, they’re made out of plastic, and they need entirely different factories. Hence why the G Flex and Round and incredibly limited.
But Enough about that, let’s get to the fun stuff. Because LG and Samsung built screens out of plastic instead of glass, they’re insanely more durable. So much so that Engadget managed to do things to LG’s phone that would make most other phones cry. Check out the 15 second video above to understand what I’m talking about.
When will we get phones like this in Europe, America, and the rest of Asia? Back to the taco analogy, it’s all a matter of building up the resources needed to make all those displays. As much as LG and Samsung would like to, they can’t just snap their fingers and mass produce a brand spanking new technology.