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

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-09

Curved displays are a likely next trend in smartphones, and on Oct. 9 Samsung introduced the market's first entrant, the Galaxy Round. (LG Electronics, which has a history of introducing world firsts but then being bested in sales by Samsung, told the press Oct. 7 that its own curved-display device has entered into production.) Samsung will begin selling the Round in Korea Oct. 10, and while it showed off the phone on its Samsung Tomorrow site, it offered few details. What we do know is that the Round features a 5.7-inch full-HD Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) display, is 0.3 inches thick, weighs 5.4 ounces, is rimmed in a brushed metal (aluminum?) and, like the Galaxy Note 3, has a back made of a soft, leather-looking material, detailed with exposed stitching. The curve of the Round—it's curved lengthwise, with its sides lightly reaching toward one another—is said to make the rather large device fit snugly and comfortably in the hand (a claim the Galaxy S III and S 4 can't dare to make). Samsung has also created features around the rocking motion made by curve. For example, while listening to music, a user can tap the phone and rock it to the left, to go back a track, or rock it to the right, to advance to the next album. Let's hope there's news of a U.S. launch soon.


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