Would you like to see a Sony Xperia with curved display?

by XB on 14th October 2013

in Featured Content, News


LG G Flex_3LG and Samsung would have you believe that the next point of differentiation in the smartphone space is the introduction of curved displays. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Round for the Korean market and earlier today renders of the LG G Flex leaked showing a 6-inch handset with curved display. LG has taken a different tact curving the display from top to bottom, whilst the Samsung Galaxy Round has a curved display from left to right.

We are not talking about the subtle curves of the Galaxy Nexus, which housed a straight display under slightly curved glass. These new devices have truly flexible display under the rigid curved housing. On the face of it, we can’t help but see this as a gimmick. It doesn’t seem entirely practical to use, yes it may feel nice in the hand, but it would sit awkwardly on a table or in one’s pocket.

Yet, Samsung and LG are no doubt betting truckloads of cash that the use of flexible displays will allow for some genuinely new and exciting designs. We wanted to hear your thoughts on this, do you feel like a future Sony Xperia with curved display would be a good idea? Is this a revolution in your eyes? Or do you just see this as a gimmick with no real long term value? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

LG G Flex

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LG G Flex_2

LG G Flex_3

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S_1

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S_2

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S_3

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S_4

Samsung Galaxy Round SM-G910S_5

Pictures via Samsung and The Next Web.

  • NO

  • ZyxeLa

    Ugly as my ass :|

  • ??

    Err, no, it’d be difficult to play some games with curved screen….

  • Alex

    No, there’s no point at all!

  • xtarsam

    Samsung & LG produce their own flexible screen, can Sony?

  • xtarsam

    Samsung & LG have their own flexible scree, does Sony have?

  • ZERO

    I hope they won’t do it

  • the_black_dragon

    No… why?
    I would rather see an High-End Xperia with fully Keyboard… something linke the Xperia X1 and X2 but with Android and slimmer…

  • Cp2020

    I guess the viewing angles would then become more important and therefore had to be addressed by Sony with more attention. Quite pointless tho anyway.

  • Silviu Kratos

    Sony Xperia Arc 2 with curved display …..

  • panini

    Here we go again with something useless

  • shayan gozarabadi

    NOOOO for god’s sake..first of all because i think curved display is a useless thing and also sony even can’t made a normal good display god knows how a curved display would be!!

  • Angel Manuel Ramos Batallas

    Please Sony does not copy ugly and unnecessary things!!!! Sony is Sony = elegant, nice and unique models

  • goldenblls

    It would fit better in the back pocket but other than that I can’t see the point. It might make more sense on the Z Ultra.

  • Persian User

    Instead of these bullsh*ts i prefer to see a Walkman and Play Station Xperia.
    Whats the point of such a useless idea? LG Banana and Sammy Cradle!

  • wedjat

    untill they make a flexible phone which can twist this kind of display is useless. at least you can play with it on table and you can catapult something to other side of office

  • lucasarg

    No, SONY! NO! PLIS! DON’T! NOOOOOOO!

  • nfs2010

    Sorry – I don’t want this kind of rigid curved display – very gimmicky in my opinion. If Sony can come up with something way cooler like Nokia Kinetic, I’m all for it.

  • Fëanáro Nénmacil

    Uh No.
    I don’t see the point of this kind of curved screen.

    LG’s curved screen:
    1. It can’t fit in certain kinds of pockets
    2. It has less viewing angle when you share the screen in landscape mode
    3. It looks ugly

    SAMSUNG:
    Most of the stuff they’ve done were gimmick features. This is just another one added to the list.

    The reason I love Sony is because their phones are all about real user experience and being practical.
    That’s what I believe XPERIA (Experience) is all about.
    If Sony wants to do a curved screen, make sure there is a good reason to do it. And don’t ruin your reputation of being the manufacturer of sexiest phones. Don’t do it like these two who are trying to show off who is the one that comes out first with useless feature.

  • Michael Hofmann

    Focus on getting current displays up to scratch, then perhaps dabble in this pointless experiment just to show they can.

  • DStyle

    Too soon to say. There are lots of factors need to look into and most important is will the mass majority of smartphone users accept such design and the ergonomic of it. Is does work fine if it is a Nokia 7110 or 8110 (the phone used in ‘The Matrix’ movie). Will it work for touch screens, time will tell.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the LG i must admit looks really nice, way better than Samsung’s

  • Purnama

    Sony will came up with their own design league like what we see on all Xperia range…

    Sony like.no.other

  • santhosh
  • Makozak

    An Xperia Play 2 with the next Snapdragon and Adreno chipset and at least 5.5″ will be surely an hell of a phone …

  • Makozak

    Sony was the first compagny to introduce Flexible Screens, it was in 2007 or 8, i don’t remember, but it was a prototype

  • Makozak

    Sony was the first compagny to introduce Flexible Screens, it was in 2007 or 8, i don’t remember, but it was a prototype.

  • blurb8

    I’d like to see the z1 mini released in the west. Rest can f off.

  • Diego

    NO Sony, please, don’t go…. in this direction!! Flex display for???? A better vision? A better design?? What???? Oh, s..t.

  • Tech Gospel

    Unless you’re holding the phone so close to your eye that the curvature insures that the entire surface of the screen is equidistant from your eye, all this whole curved screen crap (including TVs) is doing is distorting the image on screen.

    For it to be beneficial, the radius of the curve would have to be about 0.5m, which is almost negligible at the size of the phone compared to a flat screen.

    Make it flexible and fold in half, then we’ll talk.

  • please sony don’t join their idiotic gimmic

  • Adrian969

    I use my phone wiht a sports armlet while im at the gym. A curved phone wiyld really suck at that use.

  • Kazuo Sat?

    not really, but if Sony did I would want them to curve it along the X axis like the Samsung instead of the y axis like the LG phone.

    I would prefer Sony to make a great flagship with as little bezel as possible, a huge touch pad on the back like the VITA and have attachments from its other product lines like they did with the lenses.

    For example a ‘PS’ attachment that attached to the left and right of the phone when the phone is held on its side, when the attachment is separated from the phone both sides attach to each other, also the PS attachment would have speakers and an internal battery to charge the phone during gameplay so that the gaming doesn’t affect the overall battery life.
    It could be used a contoller for the PS4 and could handle remote play etc.
    This could tie in very well with the PS4 as anyone who gets a Sony flagship or compatible Sony phone would have an extra incentive to get the PS4 over other consoles.

  • Harut Hajin

    FROM SONY NO ,…………..

  • Harut Hajin

    I LOVE SONY

  • Etienne Hilson

    The VERY useful way a flexible display will bring to use is to make foldable phones.

    We will be able to fold the phone in two half, so the screen is protected for us to put it in our pocket.

    Imagine a Xperia Z Ultra being able to be folded like that completely, so it will fit in our pockets very easy and we will never risk to scratch the screen when folded.

    For me, this kind of “flexible” will bring a real value for the future of the phones.

    Some of you remember the nokia morph concept ? Check it and you will see what I mean (and remove all the nano-technology stuff, I am only speaking about flexibility)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wDRA93WHTo

  • Marky_Jr

    Sony needs to improve their current displays before they can even begin to think about curved displays.

  • AsadMulla

    150inch screen, Yes. 5inch screen, no.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    I would like to see 4.3 on my ZL with new Z1/Z ultra interface before Samsung

  • Christian

    Discovering a new technology doesn’t necessary mean it has to be placed on smartphones.

  • JG

    I agree. Instead, put all the best in one smartphone and improve on areas where Sony is getting critisms. I bet, that would eat out the market share globally. And also do a better design.

  • reDalerT

    unless it curved backwards hahahah

  • JG

    That was good innovation. Brilliant minds.

  • reDalerT

    i bet that would look & feel real awkward in landscape mode… especially gaming with on screen controls.. flipflopping every key press i guess?

  • JG

    Nice. Check this out as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAS55_RngoQ

  • UrDad

    oh hell no

  • Kathryn

    HELL NO!

  • Phat-t

    Samsung has some shitty ass designers. All their 2013 phones look the same! Ugly as hell! This phone shows that they desperately want to be first in everything. Eat a dick Sammy!

  • ice4banday

    IF SONY GOES THE SAMSUNG ROUND DISASTER THEN NO THANKS! ON THE OTHER HAND WITH SONY’S DESIGN CAPABILITIES THEY COULD MAKE ONE THAT’S NOT ONLY CURVED BUT COULD BE WORN ON THE WRIST?
    SONY I BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jerry Berglund

    I have to be honest. Dont really se if it would make stuff better or not. But its kinda fun no one actually thought about this reason for it. I was kinda thinking about a so called Sci-fi geekis reason for this feature. There is something called in science, when it comes to spacetravel ideas how to fold space. If there is very great distances, this folding space theories could make this travel kinda shorter. They sometimes explains it we have a cable, that is streched out, so to go from a to b is really long. But if we folds the cabel, this distance get even shorter. This theory could make spacetravel seem really pleasant if it was possible. I am kinda thinking this actually could be the same on a mobile phone. The phones seems to get larger and larger, and makes it tougher to use buy one hand and sometimes you really have to really strech out your thumb to reach the top or top angels of the phone. Apple made this less painful when they kinda made the screen thinner and longer phone. But if we curved the phone in some way that would mean that the screens could get bigger, but not further distances for our hands to controll the phone. a 5 inch screen could easaly become 6 inches but necessaraly dont be bigger at all as a phone. I hope you get my point. Its hard to explain. hehe

  • Micro

    NO. Ever.

  • Roy

    I loved this. Incredible in every sense!!
    I know that nano tech is too much of a wishful thinking right now – for smartphone appliances – but I hope to live long enough to see it come to fruition.

  • Roy

    Only if I’m given a compelling reason why this is useful or practical. Waterproofing was a smarter move by Sony, the other brands probably want to be the next ones to innovate. Bendable screen… not sure if that’s the way to go. Resizable screens however, I’d like that.
    A mini or a phablet/tablet.. why not all in one?! That’s rock!

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Dear sony, the flexible display is a shit and with no reason at all, galaxy round is a big fail and.u can see that already in the com on youtube, the only thing must sony do is to remplace the tft display is reakly very bad compare to lg or samsung, plz do some.displays.like lg is really awsome and you will be on the top , plzz plzz the z1 is really bad in display thats why i will wait for the z2

  • Gianni

    maybe it could be used with Google glass or under marijuna effects… ;-)

  • PRNOHFT

    I can forsee conversations like, “is that a banana in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”

    “no. Actually its my new Galaxy Round/LG Curve.”

    Just saying I don’t wanna have 2 bulges in my pants.

  • sfordesign

    no, please, don’t join the most retarded “innovation” in human history

  • Anonymous

    Where is the earpiece on the LG Flex??? Ah… I bet on the back lol

  • ToharLalua

    Sony’s flexible display:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ3Nm52MRKc

  • Sami Mrabet

    yes!

  • Jeremy

    Now now , i think Sony should putting more effort on the music quaility such as have a sound chip instead of jusT have a ‘walkman’ name

  • Haris Siddiqui

    curved display…
    i think that’s ridiculous
    i dont see the point???

  • Yong Jie Tan

    That idea is just for those companies run of out idea zzzzzzzzzzz

  • cherry

    i dont personally think sony would do such gimmick since they did stick to the omnibalance design language that is symmetry to all sides.

  • kunal

    Yep, definitely…

  • Sean

    A slightly curved display the way Nokia does it on their Lumia range but this is pointless and ugly.

  • banKemped

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • yasahara

    I want to see sony xperia Z2 thinner bazel screen

  • Night of Xperia Z

    Definitely NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sony can be considered as a INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE Smartphone Designer Company.
    So please dun take Sam”shit” Idea.

  • DStyle

    How about Xperia Arc 2 without curving the screen. Yeah!!!

  • oyhens

    Curved phone looks like shit! :P
    (No offense)
    And if Sony PLEASE DON’T EVEN MAKE ONE! ITS BECOMING TOOOOOO MAINSTREAM xD

  • Shanky Mantri

    I think keep the curve display at the side…just focus on using lcd or amoled insted of balancing wid tft….i think sony has a superb image renderng engine wich if used wid any of the abvr screens can definately beat evryone…let curve display become a hit first….

  • riki yanto

    the purpose of flex display is durability…. almost unbreakable
    so if you change ordinary display ( glass type ) with flex type display then you got ‘ unbreakable phone ‘ ( flat display of course, no curved display )

    well..almost, cos you have to got strong glass on front display, gorilla glass 2 maybe ..
    i would like to see this on new xperia, so no need to worry if you drop your phone ..

  • xperiafan324

    There are clear advantages of flexible screens when paired with flexible glass, in that such an arrangement is extremely unlikely to shatter on impact, but rigid curved glass is another story.
    Both these korean companies just don’t get the point. A curve that is noticeable from the front, is one that shouldn’t be present at all. All the new Curved HDTVs are so subtly curved that most wouldn’t even know without looking from the side of the tv, that’s the sort of curve that is immersive. What Samsung and LG have done looks awkward on first sight.
    Please Sony, IF (and a big IF at that) you do a curved screen phone, make it subtle, and keep your beautiful design alive in such a device.
    I would like to SEE an xperia with a curved display, just to see how Sony would work its magic on this concept. But that in no way means I’d even think of buying one unless it blows me away on every front.

  • xperiafan324

    I’d much rather Sony release a Vita add-on for their Z series.

    It’d have the controls, rear touchpad, and a battery, and Sony could release different sizes of it for the Z Ultra, Z, and Z1.
    AND it’d give the Vita a proper boost, since the biggest issue right now is, that most of us don’t see the point in getting a separate handheld that has a much lower resolution than our phones. Gamers like me would jump on this opportunity since it’d give us ps4 Remote Play too.

  • xperiafan324

    Sadly these current flexible displays have nowhere near 180 degree flex, so foldable Z Ultra would have to wait.

  • arcu de triumf

    No. Why?

  • Jesus Cornejo

    I don’t see a real use for this kind of display and for that I wouldn’t buy it.
    I want you make a Xperia with an IPS display and gorilla glass 3 protection and please reduce the space around the screen like the LG G2.
    Yo prefiero los terminales Xperia por su elegante diseño y actualmente tengo un Xperia SP sigan asi y tendran un fiel comprador de sus smartphones.

  • gamer

    i just waitng for XPERIA PPPPPLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY 2

  • pixlas

    weeeell, no.

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    If there’s anyone who can nail this, its Sony.

  • [csizor

    LOL SONY has never copied any “technology” or “innovation” from samsung and lg. I’m sure people in SONY’s headquarters are laughing of this ridiculous idea.

  • J N

    Curved display are just jimmic and marketing stunt, they may look fancy at staring, but in long run, they dont help to increase sales of phones.
    Sony has finally learned in smartphone market play, they are improving well. but it would be better if cost of phones are reduced at least 20%-30%, otherwise it would be difficult for average user to afford xperia.

  • ranjeet

    I want the next flagship to have atleast 5.2 inch display with the same size as z1, better screen, better camera with ois & ofcourse better speaker quality–

  • Elias Fazel

    i like to see xperia flexible display but not curved !!! i think it is not enough useful

  • Colby Leong

    I don’t want to see a curved phone like Samsung or LG, instead I’d rather have one that has minimal curves. Not anything so overly dramatic like Sam and LG, just to change up the design game.

  • Etienne Hilson

    Yes indeed, THAT point will look much more cool than any curve !
    A phone with so thin border that it seem there is no border and you have a plain picture (screen) in your hand :-)

  • Colby Leong

    I think it would be more greatly utilized in there smartwatch line. There smartwatch looks good, but it’s nothing that really makes you want to spend $150+. The one Sony does have, over the other smartwatch makers, is that this is something that they have been developing for a while. I’m just waiting till Sony finally makes that perfect watch, in both design and functionality.

  • Pinco Pallo

    Useless concept. It would be more realistic anti-gravitational cars!

  • Wulfen

    I loved my Xperia Play but it died due to rain… :'( Gief water resistant Xperia Play and I will never change mobile again. (except for a newer XPlay ofcourse) :)

  • raj

    Xperia Z Ultra will be a killer with a curved display
    Muah Ultra

  • Wulfen

    And no… I don’t see any point in Curved phones unless they are accessories like on the wrist or stuff like that…

  • Izamanaick

    Wouldn’t mind one but only if its curved from the top and bottom, like the LG flex. Though, ATM, there’s no point in having them, i phones at least. In computer m,onitors however, thats a different story.

  • Izamanaick

    Correction *Though, ATM, there’s no point in having them, in phones at least. In computer monitors however, thats a different story.

  • Izamanaick

    Or why not just release it as one size fits all accessory? You wont need to buy a new phone and you’ll be able to use it with whichever phone you like, even if you change phone. And how about a keyboard too? One that is similar to that of the Xperia Pro.

  • sToRm

    Answer: absolutely not!

  • Red Salmon

    That’s the very same reason why I haven’t bought an Xperia in the last few years. There was always something about the flagship models that put me off of buying them.
    Xperia S – Crappy processor and meh screen.
    Xperia T – Boring design. TX’s was much better but was unavailable.
    Xperia Z – Old processor with a sub-par, albeit better, screen.
    Zperia Z1 – No Xenon flash or IR port
    All of these models have had pretty bad speakers, and had either processors that were outdated at time of announcement or were replaced by the next flagship a few months later.
    Hopefully next year they release a phone with a brand new processor (new as in how the S600 was newer than the S4), Xenon flash, IR port, the audio chip that the Z1 never had along with the usual flagship specs. In the mean time, I’m just gonna go and jump on the Nexus bandwagon.

  • Krasimir Argirov

    Flexible display without a flexible body is just useless.
    Anyway Sony should focus on bringing exeptional display without gimicks on next year devices.

  • roeshak

    I wouldn’t use the word ugly to describe either of these two phones but I agree that it’s impractical. Using them on a table would be horrendous. Having said that, I’ve never really enjoyed using any of my Sony devices on a table either because of the viewing angles issue so who are we to complain lol!

  • Patrick Smits

    Why not make a truly flexible phone. This will sit better in your pocket and can be straight when you use it which makes the use easier

  • Lokenz

    next xperia arc.. arc the display?

  • Lajos Márk Kovács

    “Would you like to see a Sony Xperia with curved display?”

    YES!

    But the bottom folded edge …

    Front straight, curved bottom

  • Jz

    no. please no.

  • Chou Squall

    No Sony, just no….

  • APai

    a display that will morph its shape ?right now it does seem to me that its right out of science fiction, or a comic book :)

  • shivaprakash
  • mountain

    I am still waiting patiently for my Xperia Pureness successor.

  • Sony do not go the way those pathetic companies are going -_-

  • roby

    interesting only when the mother board and the hull will also be flexible. Why have a flexible screen if everything else is solid.

  • Anukul

    fuc*king no, this is useless stuff. no curved display for me until the whole phone is flexible

  • gunboat_d

    yes i would. but not like the samsung. i want it curved around the short axis like a curved tv.

  • xperiarock

    no, it’s ugly. just produce flat screen with improved

  • C0DmG

    Curved displays are bs.

  • Benyamin

    no way, these are some features which LG and Samsung want to impress ordinary people; but totally useless…

  • JB

    Nope. I would like to see the same frikking Display as in a HTC ONE!!!! Cmon Sony, its a Flagship, and still your Display is at best mediacore.

  • P9

    damn no, ugly, useless… @@@ sony, better keep on dev ur smartphones better & better, including software. :) sony<3

  • bimmersonygasm

    I hope I’m not the only one who thinks this is such a fad started by the Koreans and it will soon pass and be forgotten soon.

  • Rizky Maulana

    actually sony, dont need this stuff bro..
    just real walkman phone (with s-master chip) and real cyber-shot phone (with xenon and bionz), just like 4 years ago :3
    oh, y
    and thin bezel + just 4,3-4,7 large screeen.. :3

  • Babylonbwoy

    True that the LG looks like a banana! Can you imagine this in your pocket ? C’mon LG!
    The other one maybe but it seems too much curved for my taste.

    Just a little curved screen like the back of Xperia T maybe…

  • Hobbes

    Probably angling/curving the screen could bring forth 3D images? Hihi :>

  • nana

    I prefer music enhancement in Sony phone. e.g: Walkman, upgrade speaker quality

  • Sergey Mirona

    1 – the sensor is good, software, processing photos – bad, 2 – Display – viewing angles are bad. (HTC, iPhone, Maisie, Alcatel and others – a good display, Sony – bad display) .3 – Intelligent programming – no, this is bad. Where innovative solutions? ??????

  • pinkpanther

    So sony is thinking of going curve too? PLEASE DONT!!
    Whats the use of a curved screen anyway? Big mistake for Sony if they do.

  • Brad Williams

    I don’t pay for gimmicks, that’s why I don’t buy Samshit anyway. I see no benefit or improvement to smartphone technology from this at all. I wouldn’t buy it.

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  • me

    Flat screen less than 65 mm width and please 10+ mm thickness to pack good battery and camera etc.

  • me

    And a real sliding keyboard

  • Iverson Koh

    We hope to see unique and creative products, not the follow-trend products. What Sony doing now is on the right track. But expecting some more creative products which have best hardware & advanced software.

  • luz33

    Xperia Z Play with God of War exclusive instead of curved display…

  • Answerer

    Sure, I’d love to see it. Though chanses are that i won’t be getting one due to practicality. Definately would be interesting to see what Sony has to offer on their side in terms of curved display technology.

  • youu.a

    I am waiting for the “arc” design I

    The “Xperia arc” is owned by Great.

  • josesl16

    If you look closely… samsung just hammered S4 and called it the Galaxy Round. LOL.

  • Mohammed Khired

    thank u man , this’s great idea

    the only rational comment , the rest of the comments are sony fan-boys bashing out the idea because it’s lg or Samsung , and if sony present the idea they will say “oh my god , take my money” !

    not much difference from apple fan-boys , just narrow minded idiots !

  • Varun_Sn

    These aren’t truly flexible. They are just in a different shape. Sony must come up with a truly flexible smartphone. But my opinion for next Sony is : latest available hardware, xenon flash, high quality stereo speakers, triluminos led display, thinner bezel and a better battery with good optimization(excluding STAMINA Mode)

  • Etienne Hilson

    I completely agree ! Thank you for your comment :-)

  • Etienne Hilson

    :-) Thank you, I am honored :-)

  • aReadAtheQuestionBubba

    It never said flexible, is said curved!

  • ripqhy

    here sir.. take my vote..

  • xperiafan324

    If they could do a one-size-fits-all, nothing could be better imo. :-)
    But with the Xperia line-up having quite a varied design language, it could become cumbersome, but I’m sure Sony could (and should) work it out as there’s definitely a market of people who’d like to take their mobile gaming to a whole new level.

  • Varun_Sn

    If you actually read the article, you’d have known that l LG and Samshit’s displays are claimed to be flexible. So next time, READ

  • rus_media

    What is the purpose? Nothing

  • Ostap Koloda

    The f”’ng stupidest decision of s”’tty Samsung. Sony – just don’t even think about it. You’re the best without this God damn thing

  • Timur Daulbaev

    IMHO, we dont need it.

  • A.Vandelay

    The LG looks like a black sanitary pad.

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Yes thats why SONY was never accused of patent infringement like those samsung and other companies
    SONY uses their own technology
    And dont worry about their displays they will use diplays from JDI (a company of sony toshiba hitachi even iphone 5 and 5s used their displays)

  • Shubham Mutreja

    Instead Make a phone with Auto stereoscopic display
    or i should say “3D Reality Display”

  • Shamoy Rahman

    A curved model with an OLED display would be good for those who want one. For those who don’t, make a non curved model. I’m not a fan of curved phones.

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