We are unsure whether the above spy shot leaked by Ubergizmo is authentic, but we are aware of some promising rumors involving a Galaxy smartphone with a flexible display. Be advised this could simply be an early prototype that might not see the light of day. Moreover, Samsung and Corning teamed for a joint venture in Korea focused on supplying Samsung Mobile Display with the latter’s new Lotus Glass technology said to be more resilient than other glass substrates.

Nevertheless, Samsung did confirm plans to market phones and tablets with flexible displays later this year. Also indicative, the South Korean conglomerate delayed a planned late-February introduction of the Galaxy S III until later this year, allegedly until iPhone demand cools off. Another reasonable explanation for the delay:

Samsung likely wants to avoid introducing the Galaxy S II successor at Mobile World Congress and instead focus on a dedicated event. It makes sense as the Galaxy S III will be mostly a high profile product unveiling. If Samsung were to mainstream flexible displays on smartphones, as the company promised, it would make sense to feature this technology on the flagship Galaxy family. Samsung’s improved OLED displays marketed as Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus is a differentiating hardware feature of the Galaxy lineup, and Samsung Mobile Display did take it up a notch with flexible AMOLED Displays sporting electro activity polymer that was demonstrated at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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