Samsung recently launched a curved smartphone which it claims is the world’s first curved phone. The Galaxy Round has a 5.7-inch display, and will be first available to the Korean market. Samsung has not yet revealed any plans as to when it will take the phone other countries. It isn’t clear how much the Round will cost either, but with top-tier specs similar to the Galaxy Note 3‘s, it seems that the cost of the phone will be on the higher side. This launch comes a few days later after LG announced that it was going to launch a vertically curved smartphone next year.
The Samsung Galaxy Round has a roll effect that is a slight movement that is enabled by the curved back cover on the phone. When you rest the phone on a surface, you can give the side of device a gentle push to roll it towards you. This movement will be registered by the phone and will display the lockscreen, along with any notifications that you may have.
Aside from the flexible display, the Galaxy Round seems to resemble the new Galaxy Note 3, sporting a full HD 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a leather rear cover. The phone is currently available in brown colour. The Galaxy Round’s display has a slight horizontal curve and weighs less than the Galaxy Note 3, allowing a more comfortable grip than other flat-screen models on the market, Samsung said in a statement.
The other feature that the phone has is the gravity effect that allows users to move from home screen to home screen with gestures. Another one is the bounce effect that can control apps like music player to skip to next or previous song with a simple nudge to the left or the right side of the device, even when the screen is locked.
Although the benefits of the curved phone are not very significant at the first impression, the actual benefits are yet to be demonstrated. But the concept of curved displays has definitely opened the possibilities of bendable designs phones that could very well transform the high-end competitive smartphone market.