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October 9, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Round with curved display goes official

Today is certainly a very exciting world for the technology community, in addition to being a major milestone in Smartphone development. Samsung has announced the world's first phone with a flexible display. Dubbed the Galaxy Round, the handset will go on sale in South Korea starting October 10th.

Undoubtedly, the biggest highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Round is its curved display. The latter is a 5.7” Super Flexible AMOLED unit with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). You may remember that back in the day the Samsung-made Nexus S also had a slight curve going on, but in that case it was just the screen glass that was curved, and not the panel itself.


The rest of the Samsung Galaxy Round are quite Note 3-ish: there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in memory, and microSD card slot. There’s a 13MP camera on the back of the device, a 2MP front-facing unit, as well as full connectivity suite on board.

The Samsung Galaxy Round measures are 151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9mm, while its weight tips the scale at 154g. The handset is powered by a 2,800mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Round boots Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, dressed in Samsung’s latest TouchWIz UI. Samsung has naturally added a couple of tricks to utilize the curved screen of the device. They include Bounce UX for controlling the device’s music player by tapping on its sides, and Gravity Effect for interacting with the display by rolling it. You can check out the latter in action at the video below.

The Samsung Galaxy Round will be available in Luxury Brown for KRW1,089,000 (approximately $1,000). More colors will be available soon.
Unfortunately, currently there are no plans for international availability (as in outside South Korea)