Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday launched the world’s first smartphone with a curved display, a variant of the Galaxy Note which moves the Asian giant a step closer to achieving wearable devices with flexible – even unbreakable – screens.
We have seen smartphones in the past with convex curved glass panels, including the Galaxy Nexus, but this new display from Samsung is actually a flexible OLED model. LG is also working on a flexible OLED panel.
Looking at the specifications of the new Galaxy Round, we see it looks to be comparable to the new Note 3 with:
- 5.7 inch full HD Super AMOLED display
- 3GB RAM
- quad-core 2.3 GHz processor
- 13 megapixel camera
- 32GB internal storage
- S Pen functionality
The Galaxy Round is a few grams lighter, likely due to the 2,800 mAh battery rather than the 3,200 mAh one found in the Note 3.
Sony’s 3D viewer is up for pre-orderThe “gravity effect,” promises to expand the role of gestures by rocking the device with a finger to see a music-focused interface that highlights your tunes.
Samsung is taking the physical design of the Galaxy Round and adding software enhancements that include the ability to view information by tilting/rocking the device. You can even control music by pressing down on one side while it rests on a table. The rocking motion plays previous or next tracks.
Like many features of Samsung phones, these may be considered gimmicky. Then again, there is a wide range of user experiences and Samsung has been quite successful at targeting a broad market of Android users.
The Galaxy Round will initially be available in Luxury Brown in Korea with more colors and availability soon.