Samsung Galaxy Round could be announced this week, first smartphone with flexible display

Samsung Galaxy Round could be announced this week, first smartphone with flexible display
Korean media is reporting that Samsung might announce its curved display smartphone as soon as this week, with the tentative name Galaxy Round, beating LG the punch. It is aimed to be the first commercially available phone with a plastic, instead of glass substrate, meaning the panel is much more durable, and will, ultimately, be cheaper to produce. For more information on this type of screens you can read our interview on flexible display technologies.

The specs are expected to be close to what we have on the Galaxy Note 3, which explains why there were so many rumors we will get different versions of Samsung's phablet, including one with plastic display. Our Korean is pretty rusty and the automatic translations don't make it very clear how much the Galaxy Round will cost. 

From what we've grasped they have been mulling a steep price, since it will be produced in limited quantities, although if the screen didn't support Samsung's S-Pen functionality there is a possibility for the tag to be much lower. In any case, if this report is correct, we will be seeing the Galaxy Round officially very soon, likely heading to Samsung's domestic market at first.

source: Asiae.co.kr

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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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13 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Novelty yes Practicality not sure

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Samsung is really a force to be reckon with. I really do hope the rest of the tech companies could do as well. And the rate that they launch their product, i will be dead broke if i want to be a Samsung fanboy. So practise moderation...

6. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Samsung is a bizarre mix of innovation and lack of inspiration. So many new technologies, and highly accomplished products, and at the same time so many cheap designs, and such lack of personality from their devices. Like the Galaxy Gear; they packed more technology than necessary, in order to beat everyone else and released a half-baked product. Same with the S4; Impressive technology in a mundane 'me too' design with crazy innovations that 99% of the people will never use or even know that they exist in their phone. This could be the same; a crazy innovative screen that may be in all our future devices, but how useful will this first iteration be? I don't understand why they need to be the first in everything, and in the process forget the actual functionality or desirability of the product?

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Actually Samsung did improve over time. There was a time where I would root their phone to put other Roms but I only use their touchwiz. Based on your past posting I know you would never get it because you lack the openness to try their product not that it matters because the world also took notice. They are not the best selling android brand for nothing.

13. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

agree..

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Try to bend your current screen... and there you have it, you're walking to warranty service right now. All phones break when dropped on their face with a luck few surviving "drop tests", flexible displays however take frontal, side and pressure damage extremely well. They also reduce screen thickness and weight by 75% and have much lower reflectability using less energy. It's simply the future of gadgets, even for non-flexible ones, the flexible display will come very handy.

9. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

But how am i supposed to use a bendy screen? Its not really practical... Sure, they wont break and may use less energy and etc. but how am i supposed to text on that? or call someone? or play a game without bending the screen? If you put another layer of something behind or around to stop the bending, then whats the point of the bendy screen? Plus, im pretty sure the bending has a limit, it wont be able to bend like 180 degrees or something and im pretty sure it will wear over time. One more issue: what if i put it in my bag or in my pockets? wont it bend really badly? does it bend back? (as in to a flat position) and if yes, doesn't that mean too much bending is bad for the screen?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He just answered that. A flexible screen in a non flexible device. Put this tech into your current phone and you suddenly have an unbreakable screen.

2. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

"if the screen didn't support Samsung's S-Pen functionality" I think screens have nothing to do with stylus functioning. The functioning of the stylus is controlled by a digitizer .

12. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But can the digitizer be flexible also?

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Looking forward for this flexible display..i just hope samsung will not ruin the new screen technology with some crappy and ugly phone design...

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool but i want the specs. now.

8. hrasda

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 27, 2013

The Galaxy Round will be part of Samsung premium lineup of smartphones codename "Project F" we can expect more at the announcement event of the new Galaxy S5 amongtech.com/project-f-samsungs-premium-lineup-of​-smartphones/

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