Samsung unveils the world’s first smartphone with a curved screen

22.11.2013 Rezman Mirsom

Useless? Maybe. Groundbreaking innovation? Probably not. Very cool? Definitely.

Samsung has recently revealed Galaxy Round, a first smartphone in history to use the technology of a curved screen. If you’re wondering exactly what that means, it’s exactly what it sounds like – the screen isn’t ordinarily flat, but rather sports a slight curve, lengthwise. It kind of looks like what would happen if you gripped your regular phone (if it was made out of foam) with a bit too much force, bending its sides, and it never successfully regained its original, flat form. So far, the tech giant has decided to make the device available only to South Koreans, and is currently analyzing the profitability of establishing an international market for it. But what do we already know about the phone?

Well, it’s not going to be cheap, at least at first: the nominal price for the first-generation of the Galaxy Round is going to be about a thousand dollars. Since this puts the device in the category of some of the most expensive smartphones currently on the market, it does seem like a sound business strategy for Samsung to delay the international sales of the phone, until it establishes a solid reputation and excites a single local market. In order to get people to pay $1000 for a phone, you need to stir an iPhone-like buzz first, and create some raving fans of the product.

Also, the specs are definitely worth the cost. The phone uses a quad-core 2.3Ghz Qualcomm processor, includes 3GB of RAM, two cameras (13 and 2 megapixels), a 32GB hard-drive and another micro SD slot, just in case. It runs on Android 4.3, and has a slightly weaker battery than the Note 3 (2800mAh compared to Note’s 3200). And all of that is great, but what about the curves though? In the end, are they going to be just for show, or do they actually have a practical side to it?

Well, apparently, the Galaxy Round will have something called the “Roll Effect”, meaning that, when the phone is down on its back, the user can just slightly tilt it to the side, without pushing any buttons, and the Round will display info like the time and the weather to the side of the screen the phone is tilted on. This might expand to manipulating media information, like skipping songs by tilting the phone, giving this device virtually two extra buttons compared to any other phone on the market. And that could just make the Galaxy Round the next big thing in smartphones.

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