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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Round With 5.7-inch Full HD Curved Display

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We’re only hours removed from a leak of Samsung’s first device with a curved display and the company has gone ahead and made it all official. The device is officially called the Samsung Galaxy Round and is available in Korea in “Luxury Brown.” No international availability has been given, but Samsung has said to expect new colors in the near future. 

Sporting a 5.7-inch Full HD Super Flexible AMOLED display that is curved, the device weighs in at just 7.9mm thick and 154g. In terms of other specs, we’re looking at a Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage (with SD card support), 13MP camera, LTE, 2,800mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

From a software standpoint, the Galaxy Round features special software that can take advantage of its curves. For example, you could tilt the phone to check to see if you have missed calls, the time, or battery life. This sounds exactly like the air gesture baked into the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, which we would prefer over having to actually touch your phone. You’ll also be able to tilt the device from side to side to change tracks while music is playing or manipulate the phone through one-handed operation.

In other words, this is a Galaxy Note 3 (faux leather stitched back included), but with a curved display and a couple of extra gimmicky features. We still aren’t seeing a point. But hey, curved display! Roll me!

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Press Release

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 whichequipped 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 GravityEffect 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.

* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

Via:  Samsung Tomorrow [2]

  • Nadeem Ansari

    I read here http://goo.gl/uIAyhP a better way to update to Official Android 4.3 for Galaxy Note 2

  • Taglogical

    Make the display “a scroll” with one million rolls/unrolls and we’ll talk. This is just ridiculous. /pass

  • BCcowgill

    Didn’t the galaxy nexus have a curved display? Why are they saying this is Samsung’s first phone to have this type of display?

    • Taglogical

      That was curved glass; this is a curved display

  • sk3litor

    Looks like Their going to have to add a new axis on these promo shots.

  • HarvesterX

    And Samsung continues to offer AMOLED screens. Good job. In the year 2013 we shouldn’t have manufactorers using displays that suffer from burn in. You can give me any argument that you want, there is no reason for it.

    As far as where the innovation here is… I don’t see any, but it’s the first foot step into the unknown. Without attenpting new things and taking risk, mankind would never have evolved. This could be the beginning of something revolutionary. Or, this is more likely just a test of the technology. If they were truly confident in this technology, then this device would be sporting one of Samsung’s existing monikors.

    • Taglogical

      Too bad they are pushing AMOLED – Organic light emitting diode; a technology akin to the thin filament light-bulb: good for sellers, bad for buyers. Do your research and make a smart decision to support LCD: Truer colors, better visibility in sunlight, lower power consumption, substantially longer lifespan (less displays in landfills). Say “no to garbage” (OLED) – Go Go IPS LCD :D

  • John

    Samsung continues to set the standard.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    I’d be really curious to see what the battery looks like in that thing (assuming it is user accessible)

  • Mike Hilal

    They are determined to ruin the screen with glare. DETERMINED!

  • Liderc

    The curve is wrong lol. It should be like the Galaxy Nexus, that makes the most sense in terms of using your thumb for scrolling and whatnot. Screen is too big and home button is dumb. I feel like Samsung needs a new design team, so does Motorola.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SexciiP JaQuez Avondre

    Why not just call it the Galaxy Note Curve?

  • jim

    So whats the big deal its curved a bit, so is my gnex,

  • Zac Audette

    What’s next a curved TV, wait…

  • imaletufinish

    Some people just auto-hate certain phone manufacturers but if Apple did this it would be heralded as ground breaking technology by the iSheep.

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      Samsung has no defense for its repetitive copyright infringement, patent infringement, or horribly bloated software. They are the biggest seller of crap in the world. They spam their users with multiple bloatware apps, multiple versions of the same phone, ridiculous abs porky executed gimmicks, and really obnoxious ads, marketing, and phone spam in general. I’ll stick with Motorola thank you!

      • imaletufinish

        I hope for your sake, that your passionate hate of Samsung and Verizon are making you money or getting you laid. If it is not, you might want to re-evaluate your life and do something more constructive than tech blog comment rants or participating in hyper-brand loyalty by bashing other consumer choices. To each their own…

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          So you’re accusing me of having no life, when you’re the one replying to my comment with a uneducated know-it-all statement?

          Whats that smell?!

          sniff sniff sniff…

          Hypocrisy.

          Now take your phone back to the store, uninstall windows from desktop, and then pawn it, then call your ISP and tell them you’re cancelling.

          Just do it, we would all appreciate it bro! Stupid troll bait…

      • Liderc

        Yeah, stick with the company who uses phony kevlar backing as a selling point and who couldn’t make a good camera if they took it directly out of the iphone.

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          Thats nice. Did the imagination train kick you off at the last stop?

          Oh yeah, youve got a missed call from Fisher Price

          They want their phone back.

          Wait! You would have actually got the call if you had not been using a Spamsung.

  • Arseny Mikhaylov

    Everybody keeps forgetting the most important feature of it!
    Now that they ditched that crappy Gorilla Glass on the front you will never have to fear that your screen breaks in case you drop it!!!!!!
    Thanks to their plastic design samsung phones have been pretty much unbreakable except for the glass. Now that problem is solved as well

    • Raven65

      Is it? I know the display inside is polymer-based, but it seems like the outer cover is still scratchable, breakable glass.

      • Liderc

        Yeah it’s obviously still breakable, not sure that the person you responded to understands that glass can be shaped like this heh.

      • Arseny Mikhaylov

        that would pretty much nullify the whole point of that bendable screen and make it even more vulnerable as now it would be landing straight on the edges
        but at least it will fit into your hand nicely because of the light curve

  • andrew boon

    good phone !

  • rutgersjaffo

    This. Is. Stupid.

  • embydextrous

    maa chudwa li samsung ne apni

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    and here we see even more device spam from Scamsung!

  • Illinipoke

    It would fit in a pocket easier, especially a front pocket (long as the screen is facing your leg)

  • Feed Jake

    Everybody seems to be freaked out by this, but the curve doesn’t seem that much larger than the curve of the GNex. It’s just at a different orientation. I loved my GNex like a son, but the curve never made any difference , and really any sense to me. I think we should be happy that Samsung has developed a screen that is less likely to shatter and be done. We’ll probably never see this device in the U.S. anyways.

    • Raven65

      Why is it less likely to shatter? The outer cover of the display is still glass, right? Being curved glass doesn’t make it any less likely to be scratched/broken.

  • Bruce Wayne

    Makes no sense. Had they curved top to bottom, It would have made sense.

  • chris_johns

    Watching a video in landscape would be awesome on this phone… Said no one ever…

  • Raven65

    Not seeing the benefit of a curved display at all. Why is this better than a flat screen? Seems like it will just insure that there’s ALWAYS glare on the screen somewhere. I can see where the curved BACK would feel better in your hand, but the SCREEN?!?!? Pass.

  • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

    So a Note 3 without the S-Pen? Why?

    • AmendFIRSTment

      because its curved…the benefits of the curved display shatter any benefits the s-pen might have!

  • flavors

    Up next Galaxy Mega Round, Round Note, Round Note 2, Round Active

    • Mike Aurin

      Don’t forget the Galaxy Round Mini and the Round Mega Mini.

  • Vbwake19

    I’m not against the idea. I’m thinking it may be easier to text with one hand since the sides are raised. I have trouble reaching my thumb across the keyboard on my S4. Certainly not complaining though.

  • Daniel Flores

    Meh…things like this give Android a bad name. Stick with the basics and make it better. No need for this.

    • Bionicman

      hows is it giving Android a bad name? regardless of what people think of it (i don’t necessarily have any positive views on it), its still cutting edge technology whether we like it or not and I don’t know how that is a bad thing for Android?

      • Daniel Flores

        I’m sorry…I feel differently. It is not cutting edge technology. I feel it gives android a bad name cause it’s gimmicky. Like I said…I feel they should stick with the basics, and make that better. If I was gonna buy it, I’d get the Note 3. Now, if the screen fully folded, or bended each way…then cool. But curved the way it is, is just not,’cutting edge’. It’s a gimmick…IMO.

  • Tony Byatt

    In other news, the Amazon Mobile app has gone HOLO…

  • rlarson_mn

    Id rather have the device they showed last January that folded in half.

  • Marc

    They should have made it curve top to bottom and called it the galaxy boomerang

  • David Benson

    Yeahhhhhhh… I think this would be annoying to put on the table to type or browse the internet. Cant type without it wobbling all over the place.

    • Daistaar

      Do you normally lay your device flat on the table to type and browse the web. I feel like I need to call BS on that one. I’m sure you hold it in your hands and set it down when done like everyone else. Next you’ll say you put your pants on both legs simultaneously lol.

      • David Benson

        I usually type and browse with it in my hand, but I do also set it on the table at work or at home and browse. Usually when I am also using a computer and syncing.

  • rww

    I’m surprised so many people here are negative to this idea. I wouldn’t care to use the tilt features, but I think a display with that curve would be a lot easier for your thumb to reach across. It would likely also fit very well in your front pocket.
    I just left my GNex for the G2, so I don’t have to worry about this for another two years, but I don’t see it as just a simple gimmick.

  • mustbepbs

    Samsung has zero creativity when it comes to these awful names.

  • nobody

    Why are they calling it the “first phone with curved glass”? Has everybody forgotten the Galaxy Nexus already?

    • George Fayad

      said nobody ever…oh wait…

  • JWells

    What purpose or benefit does a curved display bring? Other than cereal bowls and beer mugs as some have suggested? Maybe a rain water catcher if the owner suddenly finds themselves in survival mode in the wilderness!

  • Diablo81588

    Worst name ever.

  • Octotron

    Did we all forget the Galaxy nexus has a curved display years ago or something?

    • JoshGroff

      As someone else pointed out, curved glass, flat display.

      • Liderc

        Is the display really flat though? I would assume that since the display has to be directly attached to the glass that they would both have to be equally curved.

        • JoshGroff

          The display is recessed, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s flat.

  • Chippah

    one word. GIMMICK.

  • trwb

    They curved it the wrong way

    • JoshGroff

      I don’t know about that, curving it the other way would make it hard to hold, unless they made the phone thicker or flat backed.

      • trwb

        I like how the Galaxy Nexus was curved though. That worked well. They could just do that but curve it a little more. Just make a grippy back and sides.

        • JoshGroff

          Oh, see that makes more sense, I totally agree.

        • Liderc

          Yea I like the Gnex curve because it does make scrolling a little more natural with the thumb. This seems like the cons outweigh the pros.