Samsung will release two different versions of its next Galaxy smartphone, and one of them will feature a screen that folds around three sides of the device, according to a Bloomberg article by Jungah Lee. The news is not official, but comes by way of unnamed sources.
According to these sources, both of the new Galaxy smartphones will feature metal frames provided by BYD Electronic International Co., and both will use Samsung’s own processor chips. Both devices also feature front-facing, 5.1-inch screens.
The design of the ‘three-sided screen’ smartphone is said to be inspired by the success of the Galaxy Note Edge, which featured a screen that curved around one of the sides of the phone. Samsung has been losing market share to smaller rivals and also to Apple, whose new big-screen iPhone 6 Plus is winning territory with a large-scale style that Samsung helped pioneer. As such, there has been a lot of speculation about how the company might revive its brand; one analyst even specifically said that the company should expand on the Galaxy Note Edge idea.
It’s certainly a bold move. Whether the next Galaxy’s innovative screen design will win back the prestige the company has lost, or simply be perceived as a gimmick is anyone’s guess, but it’s far too soon to count the company out.