After months of rumors and speculations regarding the first smartphones packing curved displays now that Samsung and LG finally announced the curved Galaxy Round and G Flex nobody seems to like them.
The Galaxy Round was officially unveiled early October and, soon after, it was made available for purchase on the Korean market. Even though it was initially believed that the curved smartphone will be available exclusively in South Korea, the Galaxy Round is now available for purchase in the US.
US retailer Negri Electronics listed the Galaxy Round as available for pre-order since October 31st and, theoretically, the curved phone should have started shipping this week. Unfortunately, it is now listed as backordered which is not necessarily bad news as Negri could receive a new batch of Galaxy Round units. The backorder status means that either the Galaxy Round sold like hot cookies or the retailer never got the smartphone. The price? Are you sitting down? $1,129.50.
Even though the Galaxy Round wasn’t supposed to sell outside South Korea, the smartphone is also available at Australian retailer MobiCity, at a price that’s just as prohibitive as Negri’s: $1,199.95. Just like Negri, the MobiCity Galaxy Round is out of stock, so you can “backorder or contact us [MobiCity] for ETA.”
Wondering what is the Galaxy Round hiding under the hood? Well, besides the 1080 x 1920 5.7-inch Super Flexible AMOLED display that’s bended from left-to-right, the handset comes with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, microSD card slot, 13 MP rear-facing camera, and Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 800 SoC based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU.
In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Round brings all the features worthy of a modern smartphone: HSPA+, LTE-A, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, infra red port, and microUSB 3.0.
Samsung Galaxy Round is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and besides borrowing some of Galaxy S4’s and Galaxy Note 3’s software features it also includes “Roll Effect” which will show notifications if you hold down one side of the phone when in standby and facing up on a table.
Are you considering getting a curved display any time soon, or are you the flat-screen smartphone type of guy?