Future phones or next-generation Google Pixel handsets appears to be putting edge displays in flagships, similar to other manufacturers. Samsung hasd been ahead of the curve (get it?) ever since the 2015 Galaxy Note Edge, but as the scenario follows, the competition begins, and finally started catching up, judging by a recent report pointing in the direction of Google equipping a futuristic Pixel-branded smartphone with one as well. Here are the details, not official though.
Previous rumors although presented some news regarding the next Pixel phones, codenamed Pixel 2 which were said to stick to premium segment. As Google was willing to invest $800 million in LG Display to secure OLED screens for its next flagship phone. As per the recent report, one little information is of particular interest: The OLED panels Google wants are, in fact, of the flexible variety, meaning there’s more than a fair chance a successor to the Pixel brand could sport a curved-edge display.
By the way, an investment does not mean placing a manufacturing order, though having the power to call dibs on OLED panels is the most obvious benefit Google will get out of this partnership. It’s safe to say that Google is currently underway in prototyping a potential successor. Actually, even if curved screens do eventually come to the next Pixel line, it’s extremely unlikely their production will be ready in time for Pixel 2’s release, so don’t hold your breath.
When considering the current and unannounced smartphone coming with curved screens, such as Galaxy S8 was a statement from Samsung, which has now doubled down on the technology, and other device makers now seem to be following trend. Most notably, Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, rumored iPhone 8 sporting one as well, so it’s no surprise Google would also want to enter the party as soon as possible, before the market gets overcrowded with copycats, till date.
Curved screen have historically been more prone to breaking when dropped, or bendgate. In the best-case scenario, Google would offer two versions of the future Pixel devices, one with curved screens and one without, Galaxy S7 style. While the LG deal doesn’t go through, but the question remains whether Google will even be able to quickly find another manufacturer of flexible OLED panels, so for now nothing is absolutely certain. Stay tuned for MORE!
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