Samsung announces Galaxy Round with curved 5.7-inch display

Samsung, as expected, has released first ever curved display equipped smartphone – the Galaxy Round featuring a 5.7-inch full HD 1080p display today.

The Galaxy Round is essentially a bent version of the Galaxy Note 3 phablet with a plastic substrate instead of glass, which makes the former more durable and accidental damage resistant. Some of the features of the Galaxy Round include Samsung Exynos quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2,800mAh battery, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, 7.9mm thickness and weight of just 154g. The back of the smartphone features Note 3-like leather-and-stitch-inspired design.

Apart from the curved display some of the major differences between Galaxy Round and its flat counterparts, according to Samsung, are tweaked version of Touch Wiz/Nautre UX software to better suit the curved display. Further Samsung claims that its new feature called “Round Interactions” that makes the curved display more fun to use and it has been added to apps like photos and music.

When tilted on a flat surface, a user can quickly check out the time, notifications and battery on the device. Users can touch the right or left of the screen and scroll through images quickly. Check out the demo video below.

The consumer electronics giant will be releasing the Galaxy Round initially in South Korea through SK Telecom at $1,013. Samsung hasn’t decided about a global release yet and is mulling over which countries to go for during the next phase of launch.

Samsung’s motive behind releasing Galaxy Round in only one country seems to be a conservative step wherein it wants to gauge the consumer appetite and interest towards such a phone.

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