LG: 40% of 2018 smartphone market will be Flex-style devices

LG: 40% of 2018 smartphone market will be Flex-style devicesThe Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus both had slightly curved displays, and while it was generally accepted that a phone naturally curving around your face on calls was a sensible idea, it didn’t exactly set a new precedent for smartphone shapes.

Fast-forward to 2013, however, and LG thinks its G Flex is the start of something big: a tidal wave of similarly curved smartphones.

LG seems to have conveniently forgotten about the Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus in its press releases, declaring the G Flex as the “first smartphone curved to follow the contour of the human face”.

To be fair, the LG G Flex boasts the unique ability to bend flat – with a significant amount of pressure. It subsequently curves back to its regular shape, and the South Koreans claim they’ve performed the test 100 times on a single handset without any lasting effect.

It remains to be seen how much interest the LG G Flex will generate in the UK (there’s still no official confirmation that we’re even getting a UK release), but LG reckons it’ll be a common form factor in years to come.

Specifically, LG predicts that 12% of smartphones will be curved or flexible by 2015, rising to 40% by 2018.

Indeed, rumour has it next year’s iPhones will have curved displays, which would immediately bump up the figures, Apple commanding 13% of the global smartphone market (IDC).

via: Slash Gear

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mrew42  Dec. 5, 2013 at 14:41

Since when was flex = curved anyway. And if any phone followed the contours of anyones face it would only be down to tweeting while driving, followed by a pretty lethal accident......

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