LG has made a curved phone screen - could it appear in the LG G4?

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Away from the main announcements of CES 2015, it appears that LG Display quietly showed off a display with curved edges, like the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

LG is no stranger to curved phones, having produced the LG G Flex, and its display arm is reportedly touting a new curved design behind closed doors at CES 2015.

Unlike the G Flex, the LG Display prototype doesn't have a consistent curve, but much smaller, more severe curved edges to the left and right of the screen.

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It's effectively the same basic design ideal used by the Galaxy Note Edge, which is reportedly going to be followed-up by the Galaxy S6 Edge later this year.

In the already-released Note Edge, the screen's curve is used to display notifications and to make operating a very large screen phone that bit easier.

According to GforGames, the LG prototype uses a six-inch screen of just 720p resolution, but let's not forget it's largely a proof of concept. Resolution is likely to increase before the tech debuts in a high-end phone.

It's called an Active Bending display in LG's own marketing terminology, but unlike the LG G Flex it doesn't seem like this screen tech is designed to be bent by the user at all. It's pre-bent rather than bendable.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge expected to set the precedent of offering a curved-edge 'limited edition' version of a flagship phone, will LG do the same with the LG G4?

As it has such a radically different curved design to the recently-announced LG G Flex 2, it arguably pairs better with a conventional flagship than the self-consciously oddball Flex series.

Andrew Williams

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