Big screens are so 2012: Samsung is planning a phone with a three-sided display

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Samsung basically invented the super-sized phone with its Galaxy S series of elite handsets. But now that the five-inchish display has become old hat, the Korean manufacturer has begun to experiment with wholly new display form factors.

Fresh off a limited release Galaxy Round (which for the record is curved, not round), Bloomberg is reporting that Samsung is planning to release a Galaxy-branded three-sided phone next year.

According to the unnamed sources, the three-sided display would wrap around the edges of the phone, so that messages could be read from an angle. The new multi-angle display would likely be first available in the Galaxy S or Note series.

The new form factor utilizes a flexible OLED screen technology known as YOUM, the same used in the Galaxy Round. YOUM has also been demonstrated to be bendable and flexible—though its Round debut was in a static (if curved) form factor.

Samsung perhaps provided a preview of its wrap-around display phone at this year's CES. As you see in this video of the introduction of a YOUM-fitted prototype, notification information can be displayed on the side via the curved display:

In a way, this three-sided display is a natural evolution of existing technologies—a logical successor to the LED indicator.

However, the real excitement is probably beyond phones, where this capability can lead to all new crazy devices that bend, roll-up, and just get all-around science fiction-y.

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