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Noted leaker and poster of pictures @evleaks just released an image that appears to show an unannounced Samsung Galaxy phone with a curved AMOLED screen. Past devices with curved glass, like the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, have had curves running from top to bottom. Not this one, though. Samsung's next device may sport a left to right curve, which makes it look kind of like a soggy taco shell.

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The last round of vague hints from Samsung had this device pegged for an October release in South Korea, but nothing beyond that. The company sometimes tests tweaked versions of its devices in the home market before implementing similar features in western countries. It's possible we'll never see the curved screen phone in the US, or maybe it will curve the other way by then, because really, this looks weird. The curve is actually the same left to right orientation as Samsung's recently released OLED TV, but it makes a bit more sense on a widescreen TV than a narrow phone.

Other than the bizarre screen, this phone looks like a take on the Galaxy S4, which matches what the rumors have been saying to this point. As for the name, some have been claiming the translated name is "Galaxy Round." Well, some galaxies are round, I suppose.

Samsung's Korean rival LG is also working on a curved screen device, which will reportedly curve the other way. You can call that the right way if you want.

Update: @evleaks has posted another image of the taco device (model number SM-G910S), this time with the back visible. It has LTE-A emblazoned on it, indicating support for LTE-Advanced. The back also has the faux leather look from the Note 3. @evleaks also confirms this is a South Korean device only at this point.

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Ryan Whitwam
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  • Mystery Man

    I thought we were coming to a point of flexible displays so they would be unbreakable.
    This is not that....

    • Quryous

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      Unbreakable SCREEN, no glass. Not the body. The rest of the phone needs parts that have not even been invented yet, if the whole thing is to be unbreakable.

    • jamaall

      In theory, with a curved glass screen a drop would do much less impact since the curve shouldn't allow for impact.

      • angel_spain

        That's not true. In fact, it's exactly the opposite since the inertia of the glass section is always lower in a curved screen, no matter what axe (impact angle) you check. This is basic materials resistance.

        Flexible screens, not curved, will have better impact resistance.

        • Hans Pedersen

          If we're going down that scientific theory route, bending a device with make it less likely for it to land on an edge, as the friction from the air will make it more likely to land on its back.

          • angel_spain

            That would be acceptable if your phone does a 2000m fall instead of just falling from your pocket. Aerodynamics doesn't matter in this speed scale. And even falling from 2000m, it won't land on its back because that's the position with greatest surface, and I bet my Nexus that objects do exactly the opposite when freefalling (check terminal speed definition).
            After that we can discuss whether if it survives the impact or not.

          • Hans Pedersen

            I think you're mixing terminal velocity up with everything. Did I say it will ALWAYS land on the back or did I say it will make a small but most likely measurable difference?

            And really, 2 kilometres? Try exaggerating a bit more.... :)

          • angel_spain

            What does it matter? The point is that air has nothing to do when your phone falls from your pocket or such small height (due to slow speed, air friction is neglible). I don't have to prove it to you, just go to learn some fluidmechanics and learn it by yourself.

          • Hans Pedersen

            The laws of physics affects everything, not just mile high scenarios. Referring to one of many actual serious studies made about an old joke, a sandwich lands on the buttered side more than 50% of the time, 62% in this study:

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1331810/Breakfast-at-Murphys-or-why-the-toast-lands-butter-side-down.html

            Why? because of a lot of small physical phenomenons happening in that short space of time it drops to the floor.

            Again. It doesn't happen every time. The only person here who argues that is you.

  • Keith0606

    I don't really understand why you'd want a curved phone like this.

    • Michael Pahl

      Maximum screen size, and still pocket friendly?
      Thats my best guest.

      • George Av

        This is more pocket friendly! would fit in my front pockets better since it's curved!

    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      It feels great in your hand.

      That's what she said.

      • Guest

        no Hands lol

    • tinman

      because it helps with single handed use. as u ca reach the top left corner ... also could be more durable because it can't fall flat on its face

      • jonathan3579

        Please remember this is Samsung we're talking about here...

        • ProductFRED

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4f9gQ7b6Gg

          I'm sorry, what was that you said?

          • jonathan3579

            I'm sorry, did you have a point with that?

          • Matthew Fry

            Samsung gets a lot of flak for "feeling cheap" but my Galaxy S3 took a beating a lot better than my HTC One. I dropped the One once and dented it.

        • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

          I dunno... I've put my Galaxy Nexus through a lot, including dropping it, throwing it across the room (when pulling it out of my pocket too quickly), and getting it wet, and it still works perfectly. It's not much to look at, but the hardware seems durable.

      • NonAppleholic

        Yep it can withstand the "Butter Side Down" accidental drop test for sure. But that's not it's main feature. The concave curve is more private, besides the fact it reduces glare on the screen outdoors! .....because in all reality this phone will be sporting Samsung's YOUM technology with it's unbreakable graphene coated screen!

    • hot_spare

      Maybe they think they can sell a few units. Companies do anything to make money, this is no different.
      Specially for samsung, if they even 'think' that it will sell, they will produce it.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    IS THE NEW GALAXY S4 TACO NACHO KIND OF THING? WILL IT END UP BEING SAMSUNG'S NEXT BIG ENCHILADA? WHAT AM I SOPAS TO DO WITH THIS THING? WILL I STOP MAKING FOOD PUNS?

    • Eli Kennedy

      So much caps...

  • Quryous

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    Actually, if you think about it, this amounts to a privacy feature. People looking from left or right will have a harder time seeing the whole screen because of this particular curve.

    Now, that is not say I like it, but that it may actually serve a purpose.
    .

  • Thomas’

    Typically! Samsung copying Apple AGAIN!

    • squiddy20

      "You're bending it wrong"

      • Omar Al Matar

        iBending

        Everything was going great until the Apple nation attacked!

  • camon

    The curved display may actually assist with one handed use of larger smart phones.

  • GraveUypo

    uh that looks like a bad photoshop to me. the speaker grill on the top is v-shaped with the point off-center.

    • George Millhouse

      i think your vision is a bit out of shape

  • Chilangus

    They will be the best "molcajetes" xD

  • George Millhouse

    Im calling this a fake

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      evleaks doesn't mess around.

  • http://jejohaneman.com/ Joe

    Looks like it might actually be shaped that way to fit the face better when talking on the phone. Not sure I'd want one, but at least it's not another black or white slate like everything else.

    • PhoenixPath

      I like how it looks.. You know... aside from the natty home button.

    • Eli Kennedy

      Yeah its not the phone for me but it has character. That's something I like about the android ecosystem. We get some new and interesting things pop up from time to time.

  • Matthew Fleisher

    The curve is to match the fat butts of all the dumb girls who like to put phone in back pocket and sit on it.

  • mauric

    I think i prefer a flat screen when watching films though...

  • angel_spain

    And of course, a curved physical home button. LOL

  • Bleakvision

    Hmm I've been wondering, couldn't a flexible display make a bezel less phone possible? If they fold the diplay 90° degrees on the edge into the side and have the stuff that is currently in the bezel in the side of the phone. Should be possible with OLED, LCD might get a problem with the backlight. What do you guys think?

  • Tuấn Ankh

    What's the point? LoL. On this phone, video playback is gonna suck. So are gaming and texting.
    Privacy is an irrelevant argument. Who cares about privacy when all you do on this phone will be a pain in the a$$?
    Same thing with one handed use. Who wants a big curved display just to use with one hand??? Just buy a smaller but flat phone, with which you can read comfortably and enjoy videos and games.

    anyway, I think this is just fake. Samsung is gonna make a phone with curved display, but not like this.

    • xixi

      There are many ways to eat a chicken sandwich

      • Tuấn Ankh

        I was so dead wrong on this, lol.
        I still think this curved phone is weird. The one Samsung had when during the event about flexible display seemed to be much better, with the flat front display and the curve on the side. But anyway.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Why the need for this?

    Cuz they can lol

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Typing on this while it's lying flat on a table, for example, is going to be a huge pain. No thanks, Samsung. I'd like a flat back.

    • Bobo

      Or sth like the Galaxy Nexus. That at least made sense to me....

    • Thomas’

      So how is typing on the Moto X then?

    • Matthew Fry

      I've never done that. Is that a common thing? I always type/swype with it in my hand. I'll do the occasional tap/gesture while it's on the table but not enough to be a deal breaker. One issue will be that most traditional stands will not work. This will need to be angled back a bit to be visible at a normal viewing angle and the curve will need to be accounted for.

  • Akbar

    Of ALL the possibilities you could have with a curved screen, they come up with this piece of shit?! Well done Samsung, now make one in Gold too...tsk tsk (lets hope this is just a BS 'leak'

    • Matthew Merrick

      yeah, evleaks doesn't really do BS leaks.

      • anon

        Have you seen his gs3 "leak"

  • Bobo

    What the... .Why samsung? I was satisfied with the Galaxy Nexus type of cuved glass and now you do this? Wouldn't it make more sense to curve it for landscape usage, as that is when you really need a big display?

  • br_hermon

    I'd like to see Apple try and sue them for that!!!

  • Bud Lutz

    seems like it would be much more comfortable/concealable in your pocket since the screen would more closely follow the contour of your leg. I like it.....and that's saying a lot coming from an HTC fanboy...

  • Thomas’

    Am I actually the only one who likes the look of this device?
    Except the fake leather stitching, of course.

    Also, how about not judging the screen before actually using it once?

    • slide83

      Yes you are

      • Thomas’

        Just as I thought.

  • Bluewall

    But... will it bent ?

  • wat

    Now I've seen that second image, I kinda like it

  • wafi

    I don't understand why they still have to have the camera stick out like a vestigial tail or a nipple or a....

  • cabbiebot

    meh. remember how crazy everyone went over the galaxy nexus tease that ended up not even remotely resembling reality?

    • RaviShah

      Lol at the fact that someone named Gnex liked your comment. :)

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Loving the fake stitched leather. Nothing says class like plastic leather with molded plastic stitching.

  • CatheyBarrett

    First time i trusted an online job add and managed to make 90$ in 5 hours... ⅇ­x­i­t­3­5­.­ℭ­o­m

  • WhyWai

    what is the point for the screen to curve screen that way? it still feel reasonable to curve it vertically like previous Nexus devices. but horizontal curve? I said unlikely true.

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    It's official now...

  • Mike S.

    I really like it. I hope they bring this screen to next years Galaxy series.

  • Jef Cashless

    "It has a feeling of nature made for human" - Samsung exec

  • rishi

    unboxing video of Samsung Galaxy Round
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-MA5a4Ly8E

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