Over the past couple of weeks the Android blog reported about an alleged Samsung smartphone with curved display. The South Korean company officially introduced the Samsung Galaxy Round which is the company’s first handset coming with a curved OLED screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Round is definitely a member of the high-end smartphone segment the curved display being a 1080p 5.7-inch unit build using an OLED panel. The smartphone is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box, customized with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface that brings a couple of specialized features to take the most out of the curved display.
The handset is only 7.9 mm thin, weighs 154 grams, and is underpinned by a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. Galaxy Round also integrates 3 GB of RAM and a 13 MP camera that will most likely borrow all the features included on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. All these are kept alive by a 2,800 mAh battery.
Judging by the Samsung Galaxy Round photos released by Samsung Tomorrow the curved smartphone launched by the South Korean phone maker has the same faux leather back of the Note 3. In fact the Galaxy Round borrows many of Note 3’s features like screen size, camera, or RAM. Still, the handset doesn’t come with S Pen, it has a 400 mAh smaller battery, while the speaker was placed on the back instead of being on the bottom.
Samsung failed to detail the Galaxy Round TouchWiz features but I guess that you will find most of the software functions that were introduced by the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Still the Koreans took time to talk about Roll Effect that takes advantage of the smartphone’s curved design. How it works? I’m glad you’ve asked. A dock-style screen enables you to check the date, time, missed calls, battery, etc. will appear when the screen is off after slightly roll the phone over towards one side. In fact, check the video bellow to see how Roll Effect really works.
Those who already got their hands on the smartphone say that it is very comfortable to hold, which is no surprise given its curved shape that matches the contours of the human hand. The first market where the Galaxy Round will land is Korea, where the smartphone will cost $1,013 and it will be available exclusively at SK Telecom. We don’t know yet whether Samsung’s curved smartphone will go global or not.