Samsung announces Galaxy Round with curved display

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Rumor mills have been churning a lot of stories about a smartphone from Samsung with a curved display. The Korean company has finally taken wraps off its Samsung Galaxy Round, which has a 5.7 inch 1080p OLED display curved on the vertical axis.

The smartphone is similar to Galaxy Note 3 in terms of hardware specs.

Samsung is touting the display as world’s first full HD Super AMOLED flexible display which is curved in similar fashion to some of the company’s recently launch OLED TV’s.

What’s the practical use of such a curved display is uncertain, though it may make sense for larger displays like TV screens as the edges will be at the same distance from a user than is the center of the screen but how it will enhance the user experience where the device is merely a few inches away from a user’s eyes is uncler. Samsung has found one usage of such a curved shape of the device. The company calls it ‘Roll Effect’ which lets a user heck the date, time, missed calls, battery, etc by slightly ‘rolling’ the phone over towards one side when the home screen is off.

Another feature is “gravity effect,” which provides extra gesture based interaction for music controls.

It’s nice to see Samsung and other Android players have taken the lead from Apple and started

Specifications:

  • 5.7 inch OLED FHD Curved Display
  • 2.3 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • Android 4.3
  •  2800mAh Battery
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The Samsung Galaxy round will launch in Samsung’s home country, South Korea for little over 1.09 million Won. The device is available in “Luxury Brown” variant, with a leather-and-stitch style back cover, like the Galaxy Note 3.

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  1. Chandler Bailey on

    Those are mind-blowing specs, and I’m not sure if price translates the same, but $1000 for an unlocked smartphone seems quite high.

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