Samsung today announced the Galaxy Round, the first smartphone with curved screen: it will be distributed exclusively in Korea at the time.

Since Samsung first showed its flexible displays, rumors were floating about its curved screen smartphone. Earlier, Samsung also announced that October would be the month for smartphone with a curved screen, the first of its kind. Today, it’s done.

Samsung Galaxy Round, the world’s first smartphone with a curved display, finally launched showing its supremacy over LG and Apple who are also planning to join the league.

The newest member of Galaxy family, the Galaxy Round has 5.7-inch Super Flexible AMOLED display with Full HD 1080p resolution. The device measures 7.9mm in thickness and weighs 154g. Due to the shape and ergonomics of flexible display, the phone fits into the hand conveniently, and you can feel the eases of sliding of the finger on the screen.

Earlier, it was being said that curved phone will be a part of Note series with name Active. Samsung has put an end on the buzz with Galaxy Round launch, but the internal engine of the device is the same as the Galaxy Note 3, with 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 2800mAh battery and 13MP rear camera. It will be available in Luxury Brown and the rest of the colors might be introduced soon.

However, these features will be barely highlighted by the carrier who will be marketing the device: the Galaxy Round is in curved shape, and it’s the main feature that will attract and polarize the comments for and against the new form adopted.

If you can ever meet one, it will be impossible to miss: the smartphone delivers the impression of a folded device between the user’s hands, but it’s hard and specially designed to exploit the characteristics of a concave display instead of the traditional flat panel of any smartphone today.

At the software level, Samsung has equipped the device with ad hoc functions to facilitate the use of the curved design and interface. Bounce UX is integrated in the device to control music player by tapping on its sides, and Rolling Effect is where you need to lift the device by touching the curvature, the display will get activated, and you can visualize some information on the screen.

Here’s a demo video showing “Rolling Effect”.

Over the past few days, LG and Samsung were giving statements about the flexible display arrival, but Samsung has won the race. With Samsung Galaxy Round, a new era has begun as we might see more smartphones and smartwatches with flexible display. These flexible displays are unbreakable as they are more resistant to shock than traditional flat panels.

LG is planning to introduce its first flexible display smartphone, G Flex in early November. Rumors have it that the phone will imbibe the qualities of G series.

Currently, Samsung Galaxy Round will be available in the South Korea only starting October 10th for KRW 1,089,000 ($1,000) and there is no additional details, when other regions will be followed.

(via Samsung Tomorrow)

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