Samsung Galaxy Round launched, looks... weird

Samsung Galaxy Round launched, looks... weirdA couple of days ago, Martin relayed word from Korean media that Samsung might launch a curved phone, and the world’s top mobile manufacturer has only gone and delivered.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Samsung Galaxy Round, a smartphone that’s curved around the vertical axis. I’m stunned.

While the Google Nexus S was curved around the horizontal axis, the intention being that it rested more naturally around the user’s face while on calls, we’re not sure why anyone would want a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Round.

One example we’re seeing on YouTube is “Roll Effect”. With the Samsung Galaxy Round resting on a table, you can tilt the phone towards you to bring up notifications. Hmm. It's also supposedly quite "snug" to hold. But... really?

Perusing the pics on Samsung Tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy Round just looks weird. In the pic above, it's almost like someone’s holding a warped or melted Samsung Galaxy Note or Galaxy Mega. But nope, that’s a real phone, guy.

Otherwise, Samsung Galaxy Round specs sound surprisingly impressive. We’ve got a 5.7in 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, and 2,800mAh battery.

Interestingly, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Round has a leather-and-stitch design on the rear, but it’s perhaps quite telling that they’ve chosen not to include this as part of the Note family.

The Samsung Galaxy Round lands in Korea tomorrow, priced 1.09 million won (roughly £635). No mention of an international launch at the time of writing, but don’t expect to see this one wander too far from home.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:52

That roll effect will work really well with a sturdy case, I suppose?
Anyhoo.... pfft - until someone show me how this is oh so9 useful.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 9, 2013 at 13:53

Real round phone
http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/wp-content/phoneimages/2008/04/round-phone-3.jpg

tapi  Oct. 9, 2013 at 16:54

can't see why the screen needs to be flexible, a rounded back by itself would work just as well for that 'roll' effect

WellDoneSammy  Oct. 9, 2013 at 22:38

All that time and money to develop it and no clue what to do with it.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 10, 2013 at 08:44

can't see why the screen needs to be flexible, a rounded back by itself would work just as well for that 'roll' effect

Exactly.
Unless there's some surprise, this is clearly one of those just-because-we-can things - well, and for the patent portfolio.

loofer  Oct. 10, 2013 at 21:57

can't see why the screen needs to be flexible, a rounded back by itself would work just as well for that 'roll' effect

Exactly.
Unless there's some surprise, this is clearly one of those just-because-we-can things - well, and for the patent portfolio.

They could have filed the patent without even making a single working prototype of the phone.

What a lame hype this is. It's still a rigid screen. Where's the flexible, bendable screens we've been lead to expect? Screens that are less likely to crack and can absorb the impact.

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