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					The new devices will have plastic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, the
company said at a Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul.

"We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea
in October," said DJ Lee, Samsung's head of strategic marketing for

But he revealed no further details.

Digital display technology is progressing towards curved, bendy and
foldable screens.

In January, Samsung exhibited prototype products with bendy and
extendable screens, but doubts remain as to how such technology can be
mass-produced cheaply and reliably.

"A curved screen isn't going to radically change the user's experience of a
smartphone, but it does help Samsung differentiate itself in a crowded
market where most phones are homogenous, flat-screen rectangles," Ben
Wood, analyst at research company CCS Insight, told the BBC.

                                                Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear
"smartwatch" and Galaxy Note 3 on 4 September
"My understanding is that these new phones will form part of Samsung's
Active range, so the curved screen is probably to do with making the
phone more flexible and rugged," he added.

Curved displays already feature in large-screen TVs, such as those
produced by Samsung and its Korean rival, LG Electronics.

On Wednesday, LG launched a 55in (140cm) curved OLED TV in the UK.

Samsung has also been moving into wearable technology, such as its
Galaxy Gear wristwatch phone.
Smartphones are now the dominant type of phone, with CCS Insight
expecting one billion to be sold in 2013 out of a total of 1.7 billion mobile

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