Despite the fact that numerous smartphone owners considers Samsung to be a copy-cat, truth of the matter is that the company is one of the biggest R&D spenders. Nevertheless, most of Samsung’s patents have yet to see the light of day, so we can’t really blame anyone for calling out Sammy for being a non-innovator.
However, we’re still hoping for that day when Samsung will step outside its comfort zone and deliver more than it does today. Perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be the first step of many, and chances are that even the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will surprise us this year. In fact, a new report has now reiterated an older theory suggesting that Samsung’s upcoming phablet might feature a three-sided Youm display. More details after the break.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Three-Sided Display Still On The Table?
According to the Korean media, citing Samsung supply chain sources, the three-sided display has already entered its trial production phase. According to the same source, Samsung’s affiliates can only produce limited plastic substrate quantities so if the three sided display will end up in consumer products it will do so in Limited Edition smartphones, probably only released in South Korea (Samsung Galaxy Round, anyone?).
Now, given the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is roughly one month away from its official unveiling, it would be a bit daft to suggest that the smartphone in question will be released with a three-sided display in tow, but here’s the kicker:
As some of you might recall, previous rumors have suggested that the Galaxy Note 4 could be released in two main flavors, one of which is said to be a limited edition boasting a flexible display. An older rumor also suggested that the Note 4 could become the first device to take advantage of a three sided Youm panel, and with that being said we can put the pieces together and speculate that the panels that have entered the trial phase might be reserved for this mysterious Note 4 limited edition.
Whatever the case, a Youm panel is a pretty big deal and it might be a game changer. Based on information gathered from Samsung’s patents, a three-sided display could introduce a large number of unique features, such as the ability to unlock the device by swiping the right side of the screen.
Another useful trick would be for the right-edge of the display to act as a place for bookmarks while reading ebooks. This would certainly make a lot of sense on the Note 4, given the nature of the device.
Whatever the applications may be, a three sided Youm display sounds quite intriguing and we’re hopeful that Samsung will manage to make it available to the masses by the end of 2014.