We’re in 2024 and there are still phones with curved screens. A fortress condemned to extinction


The history of mobile phones with curved screens is interesting. They arose out of pure experimentation, not out of a need to solve some sort of problem with traditional screens. Back in 2013 Samsung Galaxy RoundA unique phone of its kind.

This mobile phone comes with a curved screen for a simple reason: The phone itself was completely curved. The problem they came to solve was with ergonomics: Samsung thought a phone with this design would be more comfortable. Not a far-fetched idea but it didn’t make much of an impact on a commercial level.

Beginning of curved screen

Due to the curved design, the screen was slightly curved. The key here? The screen was slightly curved due to the shape of the chassis, but it wasn’t noticeably curved at its edges.

LG Flex
LG Flex

It wasn’t the only similar offering, the LG Flex had a similar concept. The curved chassis results in a mobile phone with a curved screen. Again, since they are not curved from end to end, this panel was born as a consequence of the body of the phone.

Note Edge
Note Edge

Galaxy Note Edge. The true father of mobile phones with curved screens.

All that changed with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Out of pure experimentation, Samsung has decided to release a version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. In which the right edge of the panel was curved. There were blues, light leaks, and viewing angles were problematic. We already warned about this in our review in 2014.

The purpose of this curve was to add value: to include information about applications, contacts, and to convert this area into reserved space for additional functions.

S6 Edge
S6 Edge

Two years later, Samsung came up with the Edge version of the Galaxy S6, thus starting the tradition of phones with curved screens. In fact, it was much more than that: Samsung managed to make curved screens fashionable and associate them with “premium mobiles”. In 2016 we already started analyzing the panel in a clear way: “Curved screen at the edges, not much of a design difference

The curve was still an element where notifications, the night clock and even some small informative tickers were displayed. It was something that thinned out over time, until the curve became something completely aesthetic.

The trend among manufacturers is clear: goodbye, curves

S24 Ultra
S24 Ultra

S24 Ultra

Samsung gave birth to the Curve. And they were the first to escape from them. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra was the first sign. This phone comes with a much lighter curve than the previous model. The analysis made it clear: it was a more comfortable mobile phone that rarely had a problem with ghost touch.

Samsung dropping the curve until the completely flat S24 Ultra launches is a very strong message: maybe they weren’t such a good idea after all.

The 2023 was the last nail in the coffin of the folding screen in the S family: the S24 Ultra was the first Ultra with a fully curved panel. It matches the best redesign Samsung has ever done on a phone in terms of build quality: made of aluminum, with narrow bezels and no curves. of ten

Nothing stops Samsung from making phones with curved screens again. However, within the sector (at least, as far as analysts are concerned), the position is virtually unanimous: curves are a problem and their aesthetic function cannot compensate for the problems they cause.

Full 70 Ultra
Full 70 Ultra

The trend also seems to be reversing. Huawei has also historically opted for curved screens. In its presentation of the Pura 70 Ultra, it specifically emphasized that they had created a panel that was slightly curved on the sides, but without the traditional problems that create such screens.

In the analysis we can only applaud: these curves rarely cast any shadows, they did not suffer from the touch of ghosts and, in fact, they were practically imperceptible.

Pixel 8 Pro
Pixel 8 Pro

Google opted for the curve in models like the 6 Pro and 7 Pro, along with the 8 Pro as far as. It’s tied for the best panel ever on a Pixel All good news.

xiaomi
xiaomi

Xiaomi, in its 14 Ultra, has reduced the curves to a minimum. This makes it clear that the trend is to soften the curves altogether or make them disappear. In fact, fortunately, it’s increasingly difficult to buy high-end phones with very curved screens. Although there is

The curves are still alive. Design or practicality?

Magic 6 Pro
Magic 6 Pro

without blaming, There are still manufacturers who are betting on the curve (very curved) in 2024. It’s an aesthetic exercise to put a more premium design on the table. The question is, now that major manufacturers are betting on ditching the curve in their top ranges, it makes sense to consider the curved panel more “premium”.

Perhaps it is not a bad idea to live the idea for those who are convinced by the format, although the main thing is whether the curved panels will be attached to the high range or, on the contrary, will become an exception. For fans of the idea.

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