During CES, Samsung announced that it will brand its new series of flexible OLED display Youm. During the brief glimpse of the prototype handset, we saw it had a screen that falls off towards the rear edge of the device on the right side.
However Samsung have not yet decided what to do with this extra curved screen, although at this moment of time the phone displays notifications along the edge. The idea behind this is to allow users to read text messages and other notifications from the side of the device even if you have a case covering the screen.
As expected, Samsung were very secretive to give us any specifications on the prototype. But what was revealed by them was that the screen is about five inches across, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of approximately 720p. Samsung also explained that the prototype isn’t truly a phone as it lacks a radio, operating system, camera and most any other features you would typically find in a phone.
Instead, in its current form, the prototype is only able to provide a touch-capable digital picture frame that uses a low-power processor to cycle through images of a mocked-up UI. Overall the phone does feel like a prototype due to the less pleasing plastic used and it also felt completely hollow within. We’re sceptical of the usability of a flexible display on a phone, but it certainly standards out from the crowd.
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