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Samsung to unveil Galaxy Round flexible display phone -- report

Possibly debuting this week, the phone could steal some thunder from LG's allegedly upcoming G Flex smartphone.

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Samsung is reportedly set to announce a curved display smartphone known as the Galaxy Round.

The new phone could be unveiled later this week, Korean news site Asiae reported Sunday. A Google translation of the story mentions October 10, but it's unclear whether that's the date forecast for the expected unveiling.

The phone would use a plastic display rather than one made of glass. The Asiae report follows a comment made by a Samsung executive in September confirming such a phone.

"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, Reuters reported at the time.

Samsung has already filed for a trademark for the Galaxy Round name itself. The filing doesn't reveal anything about the device, but recent reports claim the phone would offer specs similar to those found in Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. A flexible display version of the Note 3 is rumored to be in the works as well.

LG is also gearing up a flexible display smartphone called the G Flex, CNET recently learned, though that phone may not surface until November.

What exactly is a flexible display smartphone? Those of you who envision bending and flexing such smartphones may be disappointed. The phone's body itself is rigid. Rather, the display is curved although stationary. The curve allows the phone to fit more snugly around the contours of your face.

(Via Know Your Mobile)