An edition of Samsung's upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S6, may come with a display screen that can be viewed from the front, the left, and right sides. As reported by Bloomberg, the South Korean tech giant is purportedly planning to introduce two versions of the next Galaxy S device -- one that functions with the usual front-facing display screen, and another with a display screen that stretches to three sides of the device.
The introduction of two new Galaxy S6 devices is clearly an aggressive effort by the South Korean phone maker to shake things up. The company has been struggling lately with lackluster sales and decreasing profit margins. Moreover, the level of competition has been fierce in the past few months with rival Apple introducing the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which went on to become one of the best-selling smartphones in history. Furthermore, Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi are starting to eat away at Samsung's global market share by offering mobile devices that are generous in features but very inexpensive. If Samsung is to get back in the game, it needs something new to entice customers.
This brings us to the soon-to-be-unveiled Galaxy S6 smartphones. The version with the edge display is not actually without precedent. Last year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note Edge, a smartphone that comes with a 5.6-inch display screen that curves onto the right side. This device's edge display can house various icons and even show alerts and notifications. But whereas the Galaxy Note Edge's display screen only curves to a single side, the Galaxy S6 variant's will reportedly curve to both the left and right sides.
And curiously, the newest Galaxy S6 devices will feature a smaller display screen size. As mentioned earlier, the new flagship smartphones will feature a 5.1-inch screen. That is quite a departure from what Samsung's competitors are doing. Indeed, relatively recent releases like the iPhone 6 Plus (from Apple) and the Nexus 6 (from Google and Motorola) have display screens larger than 5.5 inches. It is even more interesting when you consider the fact that Samsung was one of the first phone makers that introduced large-screened devices (or phablets), particularly with the release of its Galaxy Note back in 2011.
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