No international or US availability for the "flexible" Galaxy Round

No international or US availability for the
Samsung has been teasing us with prototypes of flexible OLED screens for years, and now it's finally made the important step to put such a panel into a commercial product. Enter the Galaxy Round - a Note 3-like smartphone/phablet, the screen and body of which introduce a new, slightly curved design. And that's where we have to make the important note that although the screen is called "flexible," the device itself isn't. Yes, if you disassemble the phone and take the display out, it'll probably be bendable, but once inside the safe compounds of its plastic casing, it'll assume a slightly curved, yet completely rigid form.

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?

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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)



1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Oh well. I still don't see the point in a round phone

11. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 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!

38. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Manufacturing Defect or Curved the other way.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They would have made much more profit if they sold this worldwide

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

21. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

1000$ for this phone is too much

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed 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)

33. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Iphone 5s is 700€ here


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 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: Sep 20, 2013

Its just wrong to bragged about this flexible phone.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I'm so jealous of South Koreans. They're so lucky for getting such a gorgeous piece.

29. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Be jealous of the Japanese. They get the good stuff and the worst don't even get to know about it.

31. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

not only phone, they have alot beautiful girl too :D

36. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

True dat! :D

37. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

im more jealous of that LTE-A sign on there

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

22. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I will wait for LG G-Flex

24. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

32. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

They haven't release G2 in Spain too.

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's droptest time! Well, hopefully soon.

9. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 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: 264; Member since: May 15, 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: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 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: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That is true, but the near side will be more difficult without shifting your grip.

13. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 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: Sep 14, 2013

Oh, thank goodness. This must be the most pointless phone in the last 2 years.

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

no wonder it was made for koreans, I think this phone would have been hilarious it reminds me of the Hennessey

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