No international or US availability for the "flexible" Galaxy Round
Regardless if one can find use for such a design or not, we've gotten a piece of news from Samsung that may not appeal to the geeks of the world, who have been patiently waiting for the South Korean company to bring this technology to market. A Samsung spokesperson has confirmed for us that there are no immediate plans to release the Galaxy Round in international markets or the US. Instead, it will be exclusively sold in Samsung's homeland of Korea (the release date is October 10), where the company is known to soft-launch its more off-beat products. In case the phone is received well, it wouldn't be surprising if we see an international release for the Round at a later date. Whether or not this is going to happen, though, is too early to say.
Are you expecting Samsung's first handset with a curved/flexible screen to become popular with consumers?
Samsung Galaxy Round images
1. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Oh well. I still don't see the point in a round phone
11. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
exactly! Make the whole thing flexible. I dont see a point where the customer will buy a phone just coz the screen is curved. If more durability is the point just give us that on a flat screen!
23. izim1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Why don't we just go ahead and make it fireproof as well? invisible too? Heck lets go all out and make the phone come out of a pill size capsule like a pokemon... I'm finally going to have a supplier for all the flexible glass I've been making.
They cant make the whole thing flexible because the technology required doesn't exist yet, Spock. Join us back on Earth 2013
38. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The whole exercise is to showcase the technology.. and put it in a product that generates some buzz. It's really a pretty brilliant marketing move by Samsung.
The whole point is to get people talking and when you see one of these on the streets, you'll be like.. lemme see that!
35. iyngr (Posts: 66; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)
Manufacturing Defect or Curved the other way.
2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1442; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
They would have made much more profit if they sold this worldwide
7. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
This is a chance for LG, let's hope that LG will sell the G Flex worldwide. LG will make profit if they do that.
17. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
LG is producing the flexible OLEDs on a 4.5-Gen plant. They have even less capacity compared to Samsung. No way they can supply it worldwide and support the demand.
25. vincelongman (Posts: 1320; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Wait to you see the price of the gold iPhone 5S in NZ.
It's about $1750
It's nearly an extra $300 compared to the other colors.
(PBTech is NZ's main tech importer)
3. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
ok look imma say this once this has one advantage to the curvature and form factor..... itll fit in the pocket better ..... to me thats it end of story if you want it get a note 3 itll probably be cheaper too
4. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
Its just wrong to bragged about this flexible phone.
5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I'm so jealous of South Koreans. They're so lucky for getting such a gorgeous piece.
29. Miracles (Posts: 529; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Be jealous of the Japanese. They get the good stuff and the worst part...you don't even get to know about it.
31. artealis (Posts: 98; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)
not only phone, they have alot beautiful girl too :D
37. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
im more jealous of that LTE-A sign on there
6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
That's disappointing, I wish that I can get my hands on a curved phone. South Koreans always get the best, and we get the pest.
24. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Good for you. But I'm not gonna wait for the G Flex, because LG isn't even focusing on releasing phones in my country. It's already October, and LG still haven't release the G2 in my country yet.
8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's droptest time! Well, hopefully soon.
9. tacarat (Posts: 168; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
Great. Let them bleed on this cutting edge tech. I think it's being rushed out to be "first to market". I think the demo piece from the beginning of the year was way more compelling.
10. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 130; Member since: 15 May 2013)
The only reason this phone exists is to show that we can do bendable screens. Besides, what exactly is the point ? User experience must be awful, imagine typing messages on this phone...
12. wando77 (Posts: 300; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Actually typing should be easier as you stull have large keys but it should be easier to hit the far side of the screen with your thumb
28. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1139; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
That is true, but the near side will be more difficult without shifting your grip.
13. nbringer (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Having two large phones, one flat and one curved I see the curved one much more easy to carry in the pocket. So there's a + right there. I would try this. Definitely. There are also other pluses: sturdier, probably more battery. Overall it's better. I really don't get the elitist critique I see around.
14. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Oh, thank goodness. This must be the most pointless phone in the last 2 years.
15. JMartin22 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
No worldwide availability? That's alright, this thing really has no practical applications to it. I think Samsung makes a few very terrific devices. But they also make a lot of pointless ones for testing concepts.
16. izim1 (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
For all you people needlessly thrashing the phone: exactly how do all you kids think progress is made? Exactly by doing things like this. First come the curved screens. Then come curved batteries. And finally all the other components start to get flexible. Then we start shrinking them down until you have a flat, paperlike phone that's pretty much all screen in the next decade or so. The "i want it KNOW!' generation of today can be so damn annoying... They want all kinds of tech but want to skip all the steps in between to get there. I can just imagine all the people working on the earliest computers "a whole room? This is pointless. Throw it out". Then where would we be?
20. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Volcano maybe? He looks angry.
18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
no wonder it was made for koreans, I think this phone would have been hilarious it reminds me of the Hennessey
26. Altair (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Another fail from Samsung. Like Galaxy Gear, this is a "beta" device.
Think about it. When you are reading a magazine or a book, do you like to read it rounded? Yeah right, I wont round anything I read. It makes things weird.
Besides Nokia already maded rounded device at 1996. It didin't work back then, why should it work now? Anyway, gj for Shamesung for doing usual copying!
27. cancerous21 (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
because it's a crap, homeland is there testing ground. Sammy why not making it flexible for drop test. Or maybe this is for the patent since LG also making flex phone.
30. Miracles (Posts: 529; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
I don't think they care about LG. LG is also a South Korean company, all in all they want them to succeed too. Basically they are probably cooperating together as rivals. Its a love/hate relationship lol.
34. poping (unregistered)
don't waste time developing this...
a google glass like alternate display for the fone and a remote pad (size of a coin) to control it would be nicer...