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New phone is expected to be flagship Android 3.5 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) delivered an updated fifth generation iPhone dubbed the "iPhone 4S" yesterday.  Many felt the design underwhelmed.  The phone lacked full HSPA+, offering only offering HSDPA.  And the screen size and resolution remained unchanged.

Apple's decision not to upgrade the industry-leading Retina display seemed like a sound one given current products, but if a teaser from top Android-phonemaker Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) is any indication, it may be one that Apple comes to regret in months to come.

Samsung released a teaser video just 24 hours after Apple's big event bragging "something BIG is coming".  

The phone in that trailer may be the Nexus Prime, a Google, Inc. (GOOG) branded flagship smartphone.  With each generation of Android, Google handpicks a flagship model.  For Android 3.5 "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- the release the unifies the tablet and smartphone code trees -- Google appears (based on the logos slapped on the teaser video) to have selected a Samsung handset for the distinction, much to the surprise of some who expected it to pick a model produced by its subsidiary Motorola.

Such models -- e.g. the Nexus One -- haven't always done so well in sales. 

But the Nexus Prime could buck that trend.  This week Samsung unveiled in its home nation of South Korea the monstrous Galaxy S II HD LTE, complete with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED handset with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution -- 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4S display.  The Nexus Prime is expected to get an LTE modem and a similar high-resolution screen.

It's possible the Nexus Prime is simply a rebranded and repackaged Galaxy S II HD LTE smartphone.  It's clear that at least some repackaging is afoot as the teaser shows a curved body, which indicates a curved glass overlay to the LCD and/or a curved LCD.  This is an interesting design move and could exempt Samsung's design from infringement claims by Apple.

Otherwise the video drops little in the way of clues about the phone's identity, showing only a power switch and three-pin docking connector.  

Samsung is currently fighting to ban the iPhone 4S in various regions and Apple is likely to return the favor with Samsung's next generation products like the Galaxy S II HD and Nexus Prime.

Sources: YouTube, Samsung

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Benefits of Curved Screen?
By ltcommanderdata on 10/5/2011 1:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't tried a smartphone with a curved screen yet. Do people feel it improves, hinders, is unchanged for usability? It's probably because they extended the circumference of the curve outside the phone chassis, but that looks like a pretty big curve.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By KnightBreed on 10/5/2011 1:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
I've been messing with a couple Nexus S 4G's for work and, at least for this phone, the curved screen is just a gimmick. It doesn't help or hinder the experience, at least compared to my Incredible S for personal use.

Just looking at the Nexus S, I can't tell if the LCD is actually curved or just the case around it. It doesn't seem to make a difference. Honestly, the curved phone does look kind of cool, so I guess there is the novelty factor.

We'll see how it works on the Prime. The screen is bigger and the curve seems more drastic.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By kleinma on 10/5/2011 2:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think a curved phone is great when you are using it as well.... a phone. Large rectangular phones always feel a bit odd being held up to my face. Especially when some background noise keeps me swapping the earpiece or microphone for which one is closest to my face.

I think it will also help fend off potential suits from Apple over design.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By quiksilvr on 10/5/2011 2:36:35 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was done for durability reasons? Like if you drop it it's highly unlikely the screen will get damaged.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By TheRequiem on 10/5/2011 4:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care what they do with this AS LONG as they release it to all the carriers, if this is a Verizon only deal or whatever... not only would it shoot them in the foot, but I think I would join the dark side of the force!

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By DFranch on 10/5/2011 6:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't the droid you're looking for. I couldn't resist.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Roffles on 10/5/2011 7:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
It will probably make it to other carriers eventually...but Verizon is trying to pimp their new LTE network and they can't do that without an LTE god-phone. It makes sense (to me at least) that this phone would come to Verizon first.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Samus on 10/6/2011 4:04:25 AM , Rating: 1
The biggest advantage of a curved screen is protection. If you drop it on something flat, the screen won't be damaged. One of my friends swears by this logical implementation as he broke his last phone's LCD (G2x) in what he accounts as a very light drop, but still cracking the screen.

The other advantages are glare reduction, more natural feel in hand (like a flip phone) and supposedly less noticable fingerprints.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By bug77 on 10/5/2011 2:41:00 PM , Rating: 1
Just looking at the Nexus S, I can't tell if the LCD is actually curved or just the case around it.

It's just the glass on top. But OLED in bendable by nature so if Samsung wants to go that way, they can do it easily.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Goty on 10/5/2011 5:36:56 PM , Rating: 3
This display will almost certainly be a SAMOLED display, meaning that the LCD, digitizer and glass are all bonded into one component. This means that the glass alone cannot be curved.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By bug77 on 10/6/2011 3:13:52 AM , Rating: 1
Did you even look at it? It's a piece of glass on top with a curved surface on one side. How on earth do you bind the OLED layer and the glass together?

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Goty on 10/6/2011 5:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually bonded to the digitizer and the digitizer is bonded to the glass, but yes, I did look at it.

By theapparition on 10/5/2011 4:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
The screen is curved very slightly. A lot less than it appears from the photograph. Optical illusion with the curve.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Kel Ghu on 10/5/2011 5:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't feel very different at first. But it feels weird going back to a flat screen afterwards. The curvy screen feels more natural and requires less movement from the arm. It seems nothing, but the difference is significant when you get used to it.

By TakinYourPoints on 10/6/2011 1:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
A slightly curved screen makes sense since you often slide your thumb on a vertical axis on it. Moving your thumb up and down a slight curve seems more ergonomic than doing the same on a flat surface with no "give".

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