Samsung announced the Galaxy Round today, the first smartphone with a curved display. The Galaxy Round will initially be available in South Korea on SK Telecom.
Samsung’s Galaxy Round features a 5.7-inch full-HD screen, which comes with a slight curve on the vertical axis. The device is styled similar to that of the Galaxy Note 3, and has a similar faux leather back. Samsung has mentioned that the curved screen allows for new features, one of which is called Round Interaction.
This allows you to view notifications like missed calls, texts, battery information, date and time even if the screen is off by tilting the device on a flat surface. The manufacturer also said that there will be new tilt-based interactions on the device. The video below illustrates how the roll effect works:
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In terms of other hardware, the Galaxy Round features a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, which in all likelihood is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, considering that the device features LTE connectivity. Also included is a 13 megapixel camera, 3 GB RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery along with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Round has a thickness of 7.9mm and weighs 154 gms, which is thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung announced that the device will initially be available in South Korea on SK Telecom, and that it will cost around $1,013. No details have been divulged regarding an international launch yet.