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Samsung Galaxy Round curved screen smartphone officially announced


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Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung has finally ended all of the speculation of recent months by taking the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy Round, a new smartphone with a large curved display.

The Samsung Galaxy Round looks rather like the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but for the fact that its 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display is concave, curving up at the left and right sides as you hold it in portrait view.

The rest of the device follows suit, leaving a rounded leather-like back and a device that rocks when you lay it down on a flat surface. Indeed, this facilitates one of the main new features of the Samsung Galaxy Round.

By tilting the device towards you, in landscape, you can peek at basic information like the date and time and any missed calls without fully waking the device. Samsung's calling this feature 'Round Interaction,' for obvious reasons.

This being a high-end Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy Round is more than just an unorthodox display. It's pretty thin at 7.9mm, though of course that curve will take up a little extra practical space in your pocket. At 154 grams, though, it actually weighs a fair bit less than the Galaxy Note 3.

The Galaxy Round runs on Android 4.3, and is driven by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a meaty 3GB of RAM. It's also go a 13-megapixel camera around back, and is powered by a 2,800mAh battery.

There's no news on a western release as yet, but the Samsung Galaxy Round is hitting its native South Korea in "Luxury Brown" tomorrow for 1.09 million won (which is about £632).

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October 9, 2013, 9:41 am

Is it me, or are curved displays a bit pointless? I mean, it may fit slightly better in your pocket, as its curved, and possibly reduce glare/reflections as its curved, but otherwise, it seems more of a technical showcase/proof of concept to me.


October 9, 2013, 10:03 am

Does seem particularly pointless on such a small screen given the viewing distances. However, I am excited by the prospect of having a curved 40+ inch monitor with 4K resolution for use with my desktop!


October 9, 2013, 10:22 am

yeah, curved screens only seem to make sense at IMAX proportions...If it was for a watch strap or something along those lines then that's different.


October 9, 2013, 11:24 am

Fitting better in your pocket is actually pretty useful for a phone. Especially large-screen ones like this. It may also improve structural strength, enabling lighter-weight construction (as it seems to in this case).

The only problem is that the curve isn't ideal for landscape view.


October 9, 2013, 11:44 am

Actually, a curve phone is harder to fit in pocket, because it doesn't lie flat.


October 9, 2013, 5:18 pm

I find a curved screen is worse for reflections. With a flat screen you can generally angle it to direct the reflections away from your vision. But with a curved screen chances are there is always one part of the curve catching a reflection - tilt it a little to try to avoid the reflection and you just find a different part of the screen is now at the same angle catching the reflection.

Nate Ebner

October 10, 2013, 9:47 am

Most peoples legs aren't flat.


October 10, 2013, 10:47 am

yeah that's true. Also, it's concave, so you end up with a "bar" of reflected light, rather than a "dot" if it was slightly convex for example.


October 11, 2013, 9:01 am

I agree, I reckon this would actually be quite a good ergonomic fit to the leg. The main problem you'll have is that if it's a 5" screen it will just be a bit too big for your pocket in general.

Nate Ebner

October 14, 2013, 7:41 pm

That's probably true. Although it does depend on the bezel size. Even a much smaller phone will leave a bulge in the pocket, but I fit my 4.7" phone in easily.


October 22, 2013, 1:55 pm

I clearly am wearing jeans that are too tight ;-) haha

I do worry that the headphone jack is going to snap one of these days due to the angle it is in my pocket when I bend over or sit down. I'm going to get that bluetooth headphone adapter they make.

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