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Samsung Galaxy Round curved screen phone announced

Samsung Galaxy Round curved screen phone announced

The Samsung Galaxy Round features a 5in curved OLED screen

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Round, a new smartphone that features a curved OLED screen.

The new model is essentially the same as the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but where that model features a standard flat 5in screen, here it is concavely curved along the vertical axis, just like Samsung's own curved OLED TVs.

Although the effect may sound like a gimmick it could make for a more comfortable grip and make it easier to reach parts of the screen.

Samsung has also added some new features to take advantage of the curved profile. The most notable is called 'Round Interaction' which shows basic information like the date and time when you tilt the phone towards you when it's on resting on a flat surface.

Like the Note 3, the Round will feature a largely class-leading list of specs including a 5.7in 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, a 13megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM and a 2,800mAh battery.

Although it is a large phone it is slim and light at just 7.9mm thick and 154 grams in weight.

Set to arrive in a "Luxury Brown" finish, it will have a "leather-like" back and will set you back 1.09 million South Korean won (about £632). There's no word on a release date for the rest of the world, though.

Are curved phones the future? Let us know your thoughts in the forum.

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Dave Lister 9th October 2013, 16:37 Quote
I think curved screens will be like marmite.
LordPyrinc 9th October 2013, 16:42 Quote
It's designed to reflect and focus sunlight back at you to allow for proper retina burn-in.

"My God—it's full of stars!"
sandys 9th October 2013, 16:51 Quote
will probably make a big screen phone more comfortable in the pocket.
Snips 9th October 2013, 16:53 Quote
"Luxury Brown"? You mean S**T coloured?
theshadow2001 9th October 2013, 17:19 Quote
Meh, this is just a place holder gimmick until they can manufacture flexible screens which fit a real and useful purpose. Like a screen which can be unfurled from a device.
Yslen 9th October 2013, 17:57 Quote
Hasn't this already happened? The Galaxy Nexus had a curved screen two years ago.
Nexxo 9th October 2013, 18:01 Quote
The glass covering the display was curved; the actual display was not.
Guinevere 9th October 2013, 18:09 Quote
Perfectly curved to give you a perfectly aligned screen for watching portrait shot videos of faceplanting skateboarders.

But you don't shoot video like that? You watch widescreen videos in landscape format? Probably not for you then... unless you're really REALLY into temple run.
Combatus 9th October 2013, 18:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
Meh, this is just a place holder gimmick until they can manufacture flexible screens which fit a real and useful purpose. Like a screen which can be unfurled from a device.

+1 I'm thinking an iPhone 4-size screen for normal use and maybe Galaxy note size that unfurls out for watching films or prolonged web browsing. Can't be long now surely
Tangster 9th October 2013, 19:42 Quote
Well, this addition to the galaxy line up certainly rounds out the stable.
AiA 9th October 2013, 19:58 Quote
nokia 8110 was also curved (:
bulldogjeff 9th October 2013, 20:08 Quote
Gonna be a real pain getting a hard case for that thing
Yslen 9th October 2013, 21:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
The glass covering the display was curved; the actual display was not.

Ah, I understand. What's the benefit to having the screen itself curve? Lower weight/thickness?
Meanmotion 9th October 2013, 21:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yslen
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nexxo
The glass covering the display was curved; the actual display was not.

Ah, I understand. What's the benefit to having the screen itself curve? Lower weight/thickness?

Let me get back to you on that one...
Nexxo 9th October 2013, 21:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
It's designed to reflect and focus sunlight back at you to allow for proper retina burn-in.

"My God—it's full of stars!"

We have buildings like that. :p
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yslen
Ah, I understand. What's the benefit to having the screen itself curve? Lower weight/thickness?

Naah, novelty show-off factor. :)
Sloth 9th October 2013, 22:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yslen
Ah, I understand. What's the benefit to having the screen itself curve? Lower weight/thickness?
In my roughly two years of ownership... there is none. :) It's perhaps subtly easier to reach the bottom of the screen with your thumb.

The curvature on the Nexus is nowhere near as pronounced as the Round, and as Nexxo says it's just the glass so it's more that the phone slightly bulges at the bottom, rather than truly curving the whole design.
KidMod-Southpaw 9th October 2013, 23:14 Quote
As if the Galaxy line wasn't already silly and complex enough...
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