Samsung Galaxy Round, With Curved, 5.7-Inch Display, Arrives in Korea
Samsung introduced the world's first curved-display smartphone Oct. 9, days ahead of its rumored release. For now, the Galaxy Round is only in Korea.Samsung was again early to market Oct. 9, introducing the world's first smartphone with a curved display, the Galaxy Round. The smartphone will be available in Korea Oct. 10. The Round features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, is 0.3 inches thick, weighs 5.4 ounces, and features a brushed-metal outlining detail and, like the Note 3, a back with exposed stitching and soft leather (or some approximation of leather). It's also, of course, slightly rounded. The long sides of the phone gently slope up toward one another. The main reason for this seems to be simply to make the large device more comfortable and secure in the hand. Which is no small thing. Since the Galaxy S III, with its 4.8-inch display, Samsung's large-screen devices have felt overly large and warm and slippery. For many, one-handed usage is out of the question. The Round may change that—not only by making it easier to hold on to but, thanks to those sides tipping toward one another, by making it more feasible for a thumb to reach across, or even nearly across, the display.
Samsung says the shape of the Round also makes a few other features possible. One is called the Roll Effect. When the Round is placed on a desk or table, a user can tip it toward herself with a finger. The rolling motion wakes the display and shows the time, date, battery information and whether a user missed a call.