Samsung has taken the wrapper off its rumored smartphone with a curved OLED display. The Galaxy Round, which will launch on SK Telecom in South Korea, has a 5.7-inch 1080p screen the same size as seen on the company’s Galaxy Note 3, but there’s a difference â€” it curves on the vertical axis in a similar fashion to some of Samsung’s OLED TVs.
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The potential benefit of this screen technology isn’t quite clear yet, but Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.
Aside from the unconventional screen, the Galaxy Round has an impressive spec sheet. It’s 7.9mm thick, weighs 154g, and has a 2800mAh battery. The camera is 13 megapixels, like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, and the phone runs Android 4.3 atop 3GB of RAM and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. It’ll be released tomorrow in “Luxury Brown” for 1.09 million won (about $1,013) with more colors coming soon; no details of an international launch have been made available.
Samsung is reportedly set to announce a curved display smartphone known as the Galaxy Round.
The new phone could be unveiled later this week, Korean news site Asiae reported Sunday. AGoogle translation of the story mentions October 10, but it’s unclear whether that’s the date forecast for the expected unveiling.
The phone would use a plastic display rather than one made of glass. The Asiae report follows a comment made by a Samsung executive in September confirming such a phone.
“We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October,” D.J. Lee, Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing, said at an event launching the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, Reuters reported at the time.
Samsung has already filed for a trademark for the Galaxy Round name itself. The filing doesn’t reveal anything about the device, but recent reports claim the phone would offer specs similar to those found in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. A flexible display version of the Note 3 is rumored to be in the works as well.
LG is also gearing up a flexible display smartphone called the G Flex, CNET recently learned, though that phone may not surface until November.
What exactly is a flexible display smartphone? Those of you who envision bending and flexing such smartphones may be disappointed. The phone’s body itself is rigid. Rather, the display is curved although stationary. The curve allows the phone to fit more snugly around the contours of your face.
(Via Know Your Mobile)