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

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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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posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:13 3

1. VJo003 (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

Novelty yes
Practicality not sure

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:16 1

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:48 1

6. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 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?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 04:58 2

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 15:28

13. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


posted on 07 Oct 2013, 03:01

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 03:47

9. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 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?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:35

11. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:14

2. yadu004 (Posts: 72; Member since: 26 Apr 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 .

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:37

12. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

But can the digitizer be flexible also?

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:26 1

4. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 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...

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:28 1

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Cool but i want the specs. now.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 03:33 1

8. hrasda (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 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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