Looks like Samsung won the curved phone race. The recently leaked Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung, and it’s an odd piece of technology, to say the least. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, but hey, at least they’re trying.
The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. There’s nothing concrete, bu I imagine this is that rumored limited edition curved Note 3 that we’ve been hearing about. It’ll go on sale tomorrow exclusively in Korea for a little over one million won, which equates to about $1,000. That’s pricey, and very limited. It’s pretty clear that this is essentially a test run device for Samsung. Still, depending on how well the device is received, it’s always possible this could start to become the norm in the next few years. I personally don’t think it will, but crazier things have happened. More pics, a roll effect video, and full presser after the break.
Samsung GALAXY ROUND Pioneers the Curved Display Smartphone Experience
New device presents world’s first commercialized full HD Super AMOLED flexible display
Seoul, Korea – October 9, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced GALAXY ROUND, the world’s first curved display smartphone. Samsung has been a mobile display innovator by introducing color TFT-LCD, AMOLED, and Super AMOLED flexible display for its mobile product.With this pioneering curved display technology, GALAXY ROUND blends the latest smartphone screen innovations with unique design features. The sleek and thin Samsung GALAXY ROUND which equipped with a 5.7” Full HD Super AMOLED with 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g offers a comfortable hand grip feeling to user, and exclusive experiences of curved display.
As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables user to check information such as date, time, missed call and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt.
The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.
Samsung GALAXY ROUND is available in Korea with Luxury Brown, and more color will be available soon.
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GALAXY ROUND Product Specifications
|LTE 150/50M bps|
|MSM 8974 (Quad Krait 2.3 GHz)|
|5.7” Full HD Super Flexible AMOLED|
|32 GB + microSD (up to 64GB)3GB RAM|
|13 MP AF w/Flash + 2MPCamera Mode: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, Live effect|
|Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)|
|Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, BT 4.0 (BLE), USB 3.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC|
|Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Video, Share Document, Play Games|
|Story Album, S Translator|
|Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View|
|Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling), Samsung WatchON|
|S Voice™ Hands Free, S Health|
|Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound |
Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
|Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring|
|Safety Assistance, Samsung KNOX|