Samsung Galaxy line to get edgy displays in 2014, report says

Don't confuse it with the Galaxy Round. The new displays will angle from the front around to the side of the upcoming smartphones.

A prototype of Samsung's bent screen smartphone showcased at CES 2013. CNET

It looks as if Samsung plans to make good on a promise it made at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013, according to one report.

At last year's event, Samsung showed off a screen display that wraps around the edge of a smartphone. Now the Korea Herald is reporting that Samsung has a Galaxy-branded "bent" smartphone slated for launch in 2014, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans.

It's a distinctly different look from that of the Galaxy Round, which Samsung launched in 2013. The Round is slightly concave along the length of the phone, and as is standard in smartphone design, the display stops before it gets to the edges.

The edgy design concept debuted at CES 2013 as part of Samsung's muscle-flexing of its OLED-based Youm display technologies, which aimed for the creation of displays that can be bent, rolled, and folded.

Skeptical about a bent display? When Samsung showed off the design last year, it said that the bent screen creates more surface area to display information. The wrapped-edge display could even be used like a sidebar, showing information different than what is on the main screen.

According to the Korea Herald, the company's Samsung Display unit is developing the bent screen. Samsung is using the bent smartphone to test the market to see if there's a demand for different screen designs. If so, it could push forward with a foldable display in 2015, according to the Herald.

CNET has contacted Samsung for comment on the report. We will update this story when we have more information.

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