Samsung Galaxy Round - an Android Phablet with a Curved Screen

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Samsung announced Tuesday the Galaxy Round, a 5.7-inch phablet with a curved super AMOLED display. The device is being introduced solely for the Korean market, and solely in "Luxury Brown," with more colors to be introduced "soon."

Because nothing says luxury like brown. After all, it worked so well for the Zune.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung Galaxy Round

I kid, I kid Samsung! This marks a rare smartphone that Samsung announced without it being a reaction to either an Apple rumor or shipping device, and I'd like to offer my heart-felt congratulations for the technical achievement.

Apple has filed a few patents related to curved displays, but there have been no rumors of a curved-display iPhone model at all. Then again, I don't expect people to be lining up for the world's only curved display smartphone now that it's here.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Anyway, the Galaxy Round is 7.99mm thick and it weighs 154 grams. The display is "Full HD," though I'm not sure of the specific resolution. It's likely to be impressive, however. It will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has 3GB of RAM, and come with either 32GB or 64GB of storage. It will be powered by a 2.3GHz processor.

Samsung released a video on YouTube (below) showing the Roll Effect that is unique to this device.

It will be interesting to see if a curved display like this finds adherents. It's hard to see, but that could be because no one has done it before. It could be a natural fit with our eyes and hands, or it could be...weird.

Hopefully Samsung will introduce this for the U.S. market at some point as I'd like to see what it's like.

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13 Comments Leave Your Own

Bregalad

Curving the entire device allows one to comfortably hold and operate a phone that would otherwise be too large and awkward. I think it’s a brilliant idea.

FlipFriddle

I’m still trying to figure out what design problem a curved screen solves. So it will sit nicer against your leg in a pocket? Or perhaps it’s just one of those “we did it because we could” sort of thing.

RonMacGuy

I can see a problem with touch-typing.  With the curve, it may be harder to hit the keys correctly, since your finger is coming straight at the device, yet the letter keys at the far left and right edges will be more curved than the middle. So you may be hitting the edge keys at an angle and more with the sides of your finger.

William Murphy

What’s the focal length? Will there an Android app for reflecting the sun’s rays to start a fire or roast and Apple?

Lee Dronick

Hey I liked the brown Zune. Well I liked the idea of a brown device, but they ruined that Zune model when they put on that horrid green bezel. Brown with bronze, or even silver, would have been more elegant looking.

I would have to try the curved screen, but as Ron says there might be more problems with parallax. Also I wonder if there will be a glare problem.

Jeff Gamet

So did I miss a rumor about a round-screen iPad? That would totally explain the Galaxy Round.

skipaq

Won’t there be problems going from landscape to portrait and back? There may be in the way things look as well as using a vertically curved device that becomes horizontally curved. What problem is the curved design intended to address?

Lee Dronick

Jeff, possibly Apple dropped some misinformation knowing that Samsung would pick it up and go with the design without testing it in the real world. smile

Lancashire-Witch

It’s just too big for a (one hand operated) phone, IMO.

Lancashire-Witch

@ skipaq.  Perhaps it’s specially designed for a “fairground hall of mirrors” app.  {:~)

RonMacGuy

Well, if Samsung happens to be monitoring TMO for Apple rumors, I’ve heard that the iPhone 6F is in the works - F stands for Flip Phone!!

A flip smart phone - what a concept!!  Better get going on that Samsung!!

You know, that would actually be pretty cool.  Two separate screens that open to a near seamless center.  Still allows you to seamlessly drag your finger across both screens, or pinch and zoom, for specific features.  Plus, you can whip it out of your pocket, flip it open with the Star Trek communicator sound effect, and say, “Scotty, Beam me up!!”

Maybe THAT is what Apple is really working on in secret.  Bryan, document this - RonMacGuy’s prediction of a future flip iPhone!!  As thin as smart phones are getting, they can probably work it out!!

grin

skipaq

@Lancashire-Witch. If it makes users look thinner than they will sell like…

James McRitchie

Samsung wins another niche.

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