Samsung Introduces Galaxy Round Smartphone

Posted Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT by

The new mobile device is the world's first smartphone to feature a curved-screen design.

Samsung has detailed the latest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Round smartphone. The phone is most notable for its curved-screen that promises several unique features.

The Galaxy Round includes a 5.7-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED screen that curves inward slightly within its rigid body to better fit the contours of a user's face. The phone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 2800mAh battery running Android 4.3. In addition, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera are also included. The device measures 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g.

Due to its curved-screen, the Galaxy Round offers consumers several new features that take advantage of this unique design. The Roll Effect lets users access information like the date, time, missed calls and battery levels when the home screen is off by rolling the phone to its side. Likewise, the Gravity Effect offers visual interaction with the display through titling the phone. Similar tilts and rolls can also be used to control music playback through the Bounce UX feature, or videos and pictures through the Side Mirror feature.

The Galaxy Round is set to launch in Korea on October 10. A U.S. release date and pricing have not been detailed yet.

Sources: Samsung Tomorrow, CNET

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