Galaxy Round: Have a Look at Samsung's Next Big Smartphone

1 - Galaxy Round: Have a Look at Samsung's Next Big Smartphone
2 - Meet the Samsung Galaxy Round
3 - Subtle Curve
4 - The Round in Profile
5 - First Curved Smartphone Display
6 - Light for Its Size
7 - Good-Bye, Slippery Plastics
8 - It's Not Just About the Grip
9 - Music in the Round
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Galaxy Round: Have a Look at Samsung's Next Big Smartphone

by Michelle Maisto

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Meet the Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Round in Korea Oct. 9, saying it would go on sale the next day.

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Subtle Curve

As its name suggests, the phone is slightly rounded. Samsung says its the "world's first curved display smartphone."

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The Round in Profile

Here's a view of the Round from the top. The smartphone is 0.3 inches (7.9mm) thick, just the like the Galaxy S 4.

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First Curved Smartphone Display

The Galaxy Round's curved display is a 5.7-inch full-HD Super AMOLED. The shape of the device makes it possible for more people to use the phone with one hand and possibly even reach a thumb across the display.

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Light for Its Size

The Galaxy Round weighs 5.4 ounces. For context, the Galaxy S 4, with its 5-inch display, weighs 4.59 ounces, while the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III weighs 4.69 ounces.

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Good-Bye, Slippery Plastics

With the Galaxy S III, the world quickly learned that a large display in a plastic casing can be a warm, slippery device in the hand. The Round follows an aesthetic Samsung introduced with the Note 3: soft leather and exposed-stitch detailing.

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It's Not Just About the Grip

Samsung has created features around the Round's unique shape. Gently rocking forward, for example, wakes the display to show off the time and other home-screen information.

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Music in the Round

Another shape-related feature works with the Rounds' Bounce user interface. While listening to music, tapping the Round so it rocks left will send the music player back a track, while tapping the device to the right will advance it to the next track. Samsung has for now offered no details on its plans to distribute the Round beyond Korea.

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