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Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round

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The Galaxy Round features a 13MP camera—just like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. This is the view from the top of the phone, showing the curved design.

After months of teasing and speculation, Samsung has finally announced its curved smartphone. The Galaxy Round is a 5.7-inch device with a curved 1080p, AMOLED display. Like its Galaxy S4 and Note 3 predecessors, the Galaxy Round features a 13-megapixel camera.

Aside from resembling a banana or potato chip, the Galaxy Round's unique shape allows for a different user experience. According to Samsung, the device is more comfortable to hold than flat phones and users can take advantage of some features unique to the curved device.

From Samsung's official blog:

As a result of its unique curved design, users can take advantage of round integration experiences like the Roll Effect that enables the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off, and the Gravity Effect for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device. For music, the Bounce UX enables users to control their music. When the GALAXY ROUND’s display is off while the music player is running, a short press to the left of the device will play the previous track while a short press to the right will play the next track. For pictures and videos, the Side Mirror feature enables users to gain access to list of the album content with a left and right tilt. 

The large screen size of the GALAXY ROUND provides additional benefits to users. Useful One-Hand Operation features bring a user’s most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. The device enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen through Multi Window, a feature that enables users to open more than one application on the screen, run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application or to easily share content between applications.

The Galaxy Round is currently only available in Korea in a "luxury brown" color for 1.09 million won (about $1,013 USD). No word yet on whether the phone will be available internationally.

Comments

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Jogger
By Jogger (9 months ago)

meh

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

Thank God for the Minis. S4 Mini will be my next phone. Stuff like this and the Galaxy Mega are answers to questions nobody is asking with their dollars.

4 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (9 months ago)

I used to think the same thing until I bought my S4. I rarely use it as a phone, so the larger size is really nice. I can't go back to the small displays; my 4s is terrible next to the S4 in terms of the display.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (9 months ago)

They make a mega phone
That is enjoyable in a couple ways

- I suppose it works only on 'speaker'

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

@viking79 why not just get a full blown tablet?

2 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

IDK, some people prefer stuff that's half-good?

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (9 months ago)

Between all of the comments that a curved phone is more difficult than a flat phone to fit in a pocket, I've deduced that this is one seriously overweight forum.

8 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (9 months ago)

It's not the curves, it's the 6" screen.

Although fat people probably have bigger pockets on average. This would never fit in your jeggings.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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ryansholl
By ryansholl (9 months ago)

No, it's not the 6" screen. Very specifically referring to curving and nothing else. Browse below to find the comments I'm referring to.

And I certainly do have pants that could fit a curved phone in the front pockets. They'll fit an enormous flat phone as well, but the edges lift 1/2 inch or more away from my leg, are uncomfortable, and look ridiculous.

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (9 months ago)

I would think it fits better into those tight jeans pockets. Just make sure the concaved side (the screan) goes against your skin.

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G1Houston
By G1Houston (9 months ago)

"I've deduced that this is one seriously overweight forum."

When a phone is curve, it appears thicker when you measure its height from the lowest point to the highest.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (9 months ago)

Yes, if measuring from a flat surface such as a table or a roundish object with a very large radius - like an extremely large person. Not if measuring from the surface when the object it actually spends most of its time against has a similar radius, such as the body of a fit individual.

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Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

And exactly which individual would that be? Besides - you really need a large pockets to fit 6" screen inside. And these pockets need to be perfectly aligned down with your leg - otherwise phone will be horribly annoying knocking you all the time with the corners.
That's quite a long list of conditions to make this phone acceptable, don't you think?

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (9 months ago)

No

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (9 months ago)

They are trying to hard. Just make a phone that works really well as a phone and I would buy it.

5 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (9 months ago)

I somehow doubt that you would buy it.

5 upvotes
io_bg
By io_bg (9 months ago)

Haven't they succeeded in that? My SGS III works really well as a smartphone, too.

1 upvote
supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (9 months ago)

What are you using right now? iphone is my guess.

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Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (9 months ago)

Seems like they looked hard to find applications for this revolutionary design... Then again, I imagine that's to be expected in a super-competitive market segment where law suits and patents rule.

The only thing that would make me consider one of these gigantic smartphones would be innovations that actually make them pocketable again. Like the flexible (foldable/rollable) screens that have been hinted at. I'm not holding my breath though...

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

That's the funniest part... everything that they put on this screen, they could apply to a flat screen. It's a joke. Bring on the pocketable APS-C phone please.

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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (9 months ago)

Except maybe slightly increased comfort, for talking on next to your face or storing in a large bum pocket, what's the advantage of such a design? Seems a bit gimmicky to me, a case of doing something with new technology just for the sake of doing it, no matter how Samsung tries to spin it.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (9 months ago)

1. Lots of people (most, maybe) who utilize a smartphone spend barely any time talking on the thing, myself included

2. If you want to sit on a thousand dollar device, that's up to you. I think it's safe to say that most don't, and that those that do don't have the necessary body mass to have a butt without a curve.

I've got a small smartphone because I'm thin and bigger phones fit really badly in my front pockets. I want this.

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deriggs
By deriggs (9 months ago)

I'm going to wait for the Samsung "Galaxy T&A." Talk about curves!

6 upvotes
Johnsonj
By Johnsonj (9 months ago)

LMAO! Good one.

1 upvote
Ferling
By Ferling (9 months ago)

Did they check to see if Apple patented "curved", yet?

3 upvotes
G1Houston
By G1Houston (9 months ago)

It has been reported that Apple has patented a "wrap around" display that can, for example, go around your wrist. While there is no telling if Apple is serious in making a device for the wrist, a curve display on the wrist makes much more sense than a curved phone, which among others is more difficult to fit in a pocket.

7 upvotes
WT21
By WT21 (9 months ago)

I like how, when you push down on one side, it takes 2-3 seconds to show you the time. Really cutting edge stuff there!

6 upvotes
G1Houston
By G1Houston (9 months ago)

Exactly! It also seems that one has to be carefully in rolling it to prevent it from flipping over. All of this for checking time? This is just another example of Samsung jamming what ever is new into their phones without thinking throughly what benefits this feature wishes to bring.

6 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Should be a parabolic curve.

1 upvote
Jacques Cornell
By Jacques Cornell (9 months ago)

Zune brown. The color of failure.

Comment edited 59 seconds after posting
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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

I believe that Samsung Galaxy phones out sell the iPhone.

Is the Zune even sold by Microsoft anymore? Did it ever outsell the iPod?

1 upvote
G1Houston
By G1Houston (9 months ago)

"I believe that Samsung Galaxy phones out sell the iPhone."

But with much lower profit margins. Cheaper phones will get sold more in volume, there is no surprise there.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (9 months ago)

The higher end Galaxy phones are more expensive than the iphone, actually. True, they have some lower end models out there (which are most rebranded old models) that sell cheap. This one is $1100!!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

G1Houston:

I believe that Samsung Galaxy phones running Android 4.XX sell more units permonth than the iPhone.

Never made any claims about which system has a higher profit margin. Also the Sam Gal S3 and 4 aren't exactly cheap.

And still Microsoft dropped the Zune because it failed. Whereas Android 4XX phones sell for all sorts of manufacturers--Samsung, HTC, Google, etc.

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photo perzon
By photo perzon (9 months ago)

for heavy flow days, this maxi pad adjusts to your natural curves. informtion flow

5 upvotes
Eyeglass10101
By Eyeglass10101 (9 months ago)

I loved those little, mini flip phones. I am really tired of phone tech.. oh heck, most tech except for health related items.

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

Then why are you using this website? This is tech, and it didn't exist in 1993.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (9 months ago)

Remember when phones could fit in your pocket?

10 upvotes
Eyeglass10101
By Eyeglass10101 (9 months ago)

Oh, I remember thy well, 2002.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (9 months ago)

Yep, the Motorola StarTac was all the rage because it was about the size of a matchbook. The trend was "how much smaller can we make it?" Those days are over.

4 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (9 months ago)

and if they really were still 'phones' I'm sure they would still be getting smaller.
But in truth we are not comparing like things here. The phones of 2002 made calls and did texts. The 'mobiles' of today are portable technology suites, encompassing:
Sat Nav
Web Browsing
Email
Stills camera
Video recorder
Games console
Video player
Photo viewer
I'm sure I've missed some - of yes, phone calls and texts...etc

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (9 months ago)

None of those require a nearly 6" screen.

This is the equivalent of a 17+" laptop in that its size defies its very reason to exist.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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Ferling
By Ferling (9 months ago)

When I wanted a larger screen to do more, I picked up a tablet, and kept and still use a Samsung Continuum. Which BTW, requires charging only once every 24 hours. Remember those days?

5 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

And remember when phones cost $3000, the separate battery weighed 5lbs, they only made phone calls over analog networks, and mostly they were kept in people's cars?

3 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (9 months ago)

Remember when you had to walk out of your mountain chalet and blow your Alphorn to get the attention of Heinrich over in the next village?

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (9 months ago)

Nope.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (9 months ago)

tkbsic--

Um nothing stopping you from using a horn to communicate across the alpine valley today in 2013.

However you may have hard time getting your carphone from 1987 to do transvalley signaling.

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