Samsung to unveil smartphone with curved glass in October

South Korean electronics giant reveals planned debut during an event for the Galaxy Note 3 but little else about the device.

Samsung showed off a prototype flexible AMOLED screen at CES back in 2011, though it's unclear whether this is what the company will be using in the upcoming device. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved glass display next month, the company announced at a media event Wednesday in Seoul.

"We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," D.J. Lee, Samsung's mobile business head of strategic marketing, said at an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, according to a Reuters account of the event.

No other details on the handset were revealed. It's unknown whether by "curved display" Lee is referring to a much rumored smartphone with a flexible display. Samsung, which overtook Apple as the world's most profitable smartphone maker in July, first showed off a prototype flexible AMOLED screen at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011.

Samsung's Nexus S was the first smartphone to offer a "Contour Display" that was designed to fit more comfortably in your palm.

Samsung is not alone in exploring curved displays. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple was experimenting with wristwatch-like iOS devices that sport curved glass.

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