LG's first smartphone with a curved display was released in South Korea in November. It will soon expand to other markets.
LG released the G Flex, its first smartphone with a curved display, in South Korea in November 2013 for around $940. The smartphone, which has a 6-inch 720p display, will be released in Singapore and Hong Kong — its first markets outside of South Korea — in December 2013.
Though LG showed the G Flex to U.S. reporters on Dec. 2, it has not yet announced a release date for the U.S. LG says it "hopes it comes" to the U.S. soon, however.
The well-known Twitter account @evleaks (which is run by a former Engadget editor) said Nov. 12 that the LG Flex will be released in the U.S. (though at an unspecified time) on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
"The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly… Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year." Sang Deog Yeo, Chief Technology Officer of LG Display
Samsung announced the 5.7 inch, 1080p horizontally curved screen Galaxy Round on Oct. 9. The phone, which also features a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, LTE-A, 3GB of RAM, a 2800mAh battery and a 13-megapixel back camera, will go on sale in South Korea this week for about $1,000.
Bloomberg reported Nov. 15 that Samsung is planning to release a Galaxy smartphone in 2014 that has a curved, wraparound display that would make it easier to read the smartphone at wide angles. The curved smartphone would use an upgraded version of the company's Youm displays that it first demonstrated in Jan. 2013.
The proliferation of flexible displays could also give a boost to the new category of wearable computers (such as smartwatches) that several well-known consumer electronics makers are thought to be developing.
Apple is developing two iPhones — one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.5-inch screen — for release in 2014, according to a Nov. 10 Bloomberg report. These iPhones may have glass that "curves downward at the edges," the report notes.
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