Samsung Galaxy Round is now official, phone has October 10th release date in Korea

Samsung Galaxy Round is now official, phone has October 10th release date in Korea
Tuesday night, Samsung introduced the first smartphone to come with a curved display. The Samsung Galaxy Round isn't traveling too far away as it will make its debut and launch in Korea on Thursday. Priced at 1.09 million won ($1013 USD), the device will originally be offered in Luxury Brown but other colors will be available later. The Samsung Galaxy Round offers what is called the "roll effect" where the phone is tipped downward in the landscape mode and shows the time, missed calls and battery level (see video below).

Other features include something called the Gravity Effect which offers "visual interaction" with the screen. The display is off while the music player is running, so you can press the left side of the screen to play the previous track, and tap the right side of  the screen to play the next track. Side Mirror allows you to tilt the phone to the left or right to access certain photos and video in your gallery. Multi Window is included on the handset allowing you to multitask by opening two apps at the same time, both apps claiming part of the screen.

The 5.7 inch Super AMOLED screen offers resolution of 1080 x 1920, and is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 3GB of RAM on board. A 2800mAh battery powers the unit which has Android 4.3 pre-installed. The handset is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera. While the phone has just been introduced, we could soon see major competition. Fellow Korean manufacturer LG said on Monday that its display unit is ready to release a flexible OLED panel.




source: Samsung (1), (2) via SlashGear, AllThingsD

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71 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Only problem i see is side view display looks dark, on the edge nearest you. Look at the start of the video, before you push play at that dark display.

7. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That is just pointless Sammy :(

23. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

A lot of people said the same thing of a giant phone with a stylus. I will reserve judgement until it comes out.

39. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL, I agree with you, I thought ppl that come to this site love and appreciate technology, but after this, I realized they are more into good looking gadgets than what the gadget can do. Because if you love and appreciate technology, you will see beyond the use of the new tech that has bn released. And you will realize the potential this curved screen has, instead of looking what it does now. If these companies had CEO or decision makers like most ppl here, we will be nowhere close to where we are today. Like when ppl thought Galaxy Note was a bad idea, look today. So sometimes someone has to come up with some innovation that ppl will start to look at and come up with useful ideas that will make our lives a bit easier. Samsung is one of those companies that releases gadget and let us the users and developers to come up with more uses. Hope I make sense.

56. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Samsung teased up with the beautiful YOUM designed smartphones,,, thats what we want to see! Lately Samsung only brings out their innovations in tech when they're pushed by LG or another OEM, sigh.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Liveblog-Samsungs-CES-2013-keynote_id38502 Notice the smartphones announced at 11:53.

58. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

What's special about this note 3 copy except a folded glass which itself isn't any achievement?

51. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

This is another RUSHED work from Samsung, they are afraid that if LG will release it first, they will be called a COPY again...

32. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Exactly as I had predicted; Samsung never cares about the concept and use of the device, they just try to wow people with being the first presenting new technologies. I am pretty sure that flexible screens will become important in the future but this first iteration is just pointless.

35. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

WOW!!!! This a true innovation from Samsung!!!! I am sooo amazed!!!

55. poikilo

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

The near future iterations will be based on this concept. How do you expect results without taking the first step ? That's like saying you want to be in grade 1 as soon as being born. First step matters.

48. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Atleast it doesn't feels like a slab in ur pocket

8. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Im sorry but this is one of the dumbest electronic devices ive ever seen!

46. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

its not dark....,that is just how QUICK GLANCE feature works,if your familiar with that feature on Note 2 and the latest versions.

2. ilkinandr92

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

I love samsung but thats just pointless xD

3. sapibuntinx

Posts: 61; Member since: May 08, 2013

looks kinda weird @_@

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this ugly curve phone priced at approximately $1,014? seriosly?

12. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its the insides that count. You can go build the best looking device in the world and put crappy parts in it and people like you would probably love that phone.

20. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

you nailed it.. lol..

42. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Oh well what if apple htc sony nokia release this kind of phone? Are you sure you Can you still say that?you sure you will still look pn internal? Knowing you....i doubt.. well youre a certified samsung fanboy so whatever samsung offer you, for sure you still buy or defend samsung even if it as ugly as sh!t.beside you are already immune to ugly phones so i understand

5. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

What's changed? its still a normal phone but with a curved display. If they could make a flexible body, then ill believe the flexible phone is real.

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

That is just pointless Sammy :(

9. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Useless! Samsung go use flexible screen in next Gear and it will look futuristic like what Nissan idea in NISMO but not in the phone.

10. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

It's something new and ground breaking, just appreciate it, technology of the future ladies and gentlemen.

11. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It looks like a phone that was put into a microwave oven.

13. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Wow. Something new comes out and all they can say is that they don't like it. You haven't even held it or used it and you already know. This group probably saw the first flat screen and said the same thing. If you have no creativity whatsoever maybe avoid making a fool of yourself.

19. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

You're absolutely right. +1

22. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

agree..

44. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

bending a screen isnt really creative...

59. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

+1 they're just going to hate on it until apple comes out w/ it

14. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

This phone is useless. Who gives a @#$5 if it's curved. Flexible is where it's at. Stop spamming the market Sammy.

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