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Curved smartphones: just a gimmick, or the next big thing?

Florence Ion | Feb. 3, 2014
Smartphones can't get any bigger. Talking on today's 5-inch-plus models borders on trying to hold a small tablet up to the side of your head. So what's a phone manufacturer to do to differentiate its phones from all the others? Bend them! These new curved phones might seem gimmicky, but if early models catch on, they'll become the next hot commodity.

Smartphones aren't flat anymore
LG has just launched the G Flex, and whether it takes off will depend entirely on the company's marketing prowess and how consumers respond to the new form factor. Dr. Soneira believes that there is a future for those bent screens, after all, but that it will take awhile before they're fully incorporated into the smartphone scene. "It's clear that flexible displays will have a profound effect on the use of most display based products starting in the very near future," he wrote in his blog post. "The display world isn't flat anymore, and in a few years it won't even have to be round." We'll have a review of the LG G Flex up soon, with our full analysis of what using a curved display is really like.

 

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