First Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on appears

First Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on appears
Samsung's curved Galaxy Round phone got announced today, and immediately got a hands-on treatment, showcasing how the phone looks apart from the press renders, and delving deeper into the usage modes made possible by the curved display.

It gets sized up with the Note 3, looking very much alike, save for the stylus silo, and, of course, the bendy nature of the Galaxy Round. Fumbling around the interface looks as typical as on any Android phone, and the user demonstrates once again the Roll and Gravity effects Samsung made possible with the curved phone. 

Anyone willing to guess what are those bendy things shown at the end? They look like a prime candidate for LG's new Curved Battery technology that might be going into the G Flex handset, and the into indeed says LG, but we give up on the other hieroglyphs there.

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Galaxy Round
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(16h talk time)

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43 Comments

1. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

What is the point of this phone? Can someone tell me? seriously.

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's curvy ... I mean i'm smh too

9. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Beyond being a stepping stone for future ideas, smh too.

38. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

No. Sony called and they want their 1980's Trinitron Cylindrical Cathode Ray Tube technology back. Next Samsung will introduce a phone with a pin-cushion screen. LOLZ

14. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

they should have curved it like the galaxy nexus or the nexus s (curved upwards) instead of this

3. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

personally i dont see any use of this phone ...just a stupid marketing ,for one more time for stupid customers...

22. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

it's thinner and lighter. we need to see power consumption too. don't let the name fool you. it's not all about flexibility

25. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And the fact that you do not understand why it was designed makes you what? S....d? Customers come in all forms, sizes, shapes, colors, i.q levels and much more. What some like, others will dislike. So is the world.

26. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The curve can help alleviate stress should it fall, it can also fit more of a display in the same frame (and with proper programming/ production it shouldn't distort), but the curve is kinda... in the wrong section. I prefer it if the it curved from top to bottom so that it contours to the face better, kinda like the Galaxy Nexus.

11. oOps..

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

Just put it in the back ur pocket pants and imagine ur *** added features :)

35. GeekMovement unregistered

yeah... one side bigger than the other i guess.

43. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOL...

16. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Probably just a R&D phone. Kind of like the Mega phones.

19. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

This will give you those beautiful crosseyes that your always wanted.

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

if u wanna know they will release video of this device to explain design, like nokia do.

28. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nothing. Just a gimmick that Samsung can say, look at what we did... Serious note though, only place for a flexible display to be more useful is a phone that is able to fold, bend, or transform shapes. Other than that.... a curve screen is just annoying to look at. Only tv or big screen should have curve screen...a phone? b*tch no.... Let's put 5000mAh in a phone please!!

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They say it uses less power and it's unbreakable unlike a GLASS screen. I prefer OLED screens this is the phone I've been waiting for since their orginal prototype back at CES 11'.

4. Diego!

Posts: 854; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I still can't believe why Samsung didn't stick to this designhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Watch-Samsungs-entire-CES-keynote-and-marvel-at-the-YOUM-flexible-displays_id38556 instead of the Galaxy Round they showed, which is pointless!

5. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

A tiny bit of bend might actually be cool but this is WAY overkill. It needs to be almost un-noticeable.

6. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Useless feature. Just stick with regular S4 or Note 3.

7. 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...

8. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

what ever sammy

10. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Dead on arrival.

12. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So Sammy would say this would change the way we hold phones today at how it curves in ur palm or maybe they did it so they can stop hearing from the consumers that amoled displays are very reflective of sun light so they made the sides curved to stop the sunlight from hitting the display. Who knows.

13. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Hey guys haven't u guys noticed that Sammy is starting or already doing the same mistake as HTC is doing like HTC back in 2011 have hit there biggest climax of shares and released around 11 smart phones in clouding the HTC flyer and that's when there profits started slipping because of releasing to many gadgets and I think Sammy is doing the same thing.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Valid point, but just remember periods are our friend. Kinda hard to read.

15. HASHTAG unregistered

Y'all need to stop sounding like little babies! If you don't like it, then simply go to a different article. You have yet to experience and yet you're already judging it badly. I personally think it's a great device and would grab it if I could.

17. MEeee

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Haters are just jealous because their brands are not the first to release curve display just like with phablets.

18. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Same people saying the same things on every Galaxy Round article... I wonder if they are the same guys who bashed Note all over the place when it was first announced. You guys must remember some (of you) bashed the entire smart phone idea at some point in the past.

20. alaahershy

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

whatever you are trying to do samsung. you do it wrong

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