Everything you’ve been hearing about curved screens on the horizon has finally shown up in the form of an actual product. We now have the Samsung Galaxy Round, the first smartphone with a curved screen. Just don’t get in line to buy one yourself, unless you live in South Korea.
The Galaxy Round will be coming exclusively to Samsung’s native land, in what could be interpreted as a test run of the new technology. The curved display is a pretty nice one, too – a 5.7” 1080p Super AMOLED display. If, at this point, you’re asking why, Samsung’s answer is a few new features that play around with the idea of a curved smartphone (the chassis itself is also curved). The Roll Effect is activated when you tilt the phone while the screen is off. Doing so will bring up basic information, like time, date, and notifications. Bounce UX is for music players, and will allow you to track back or track forward with a left or right tilt. There are a few other features that use the Round’s curves, but nothing too mindblowing. The mindblowing part might come if Samsung opens up their new tech to third party development, which I’m sure they will.
As far as hard specs go, the Galaxy Round runs on an 2.3 GHz MSM 8974 quad-core processor with 3 GB of RAM. It’ll run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. There’s a 13 MP auto-focus camera with flash on the back, along with a 2 MP front-facing camera. It will work with 4G LTE networks, and there wil be 32 GB of on-board storage with a microSD card slot.
Saying that the Samsung Galaxy Round exists just because is probably a little too simplistic, but as of right now, the rounded screen doesn’t seem to have many enticing practical applications. That’s probably why the Round is getting such a limited release. South Korea is pretty much going to be a beta test group for the new curved screen technology – the interesting stuff will be in the years to come. But, just seeing that Samsung has an actual product out using a curved screen means that the real tantalizing stuff – wrist-worn smartphones or roll-up mobile devices – might not be all that far away.
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