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Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy Round Curved Phone

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So far this device is only launching in South Korea.

As expected, Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy Round, a smartphone based on the company's flexible plastic display that allows the phone to sport a slight curve from left to right. The device is launching in South Korea via SK Telecom on October 10 in "Luxury Brown" for 1.09 million won, or roughly $1,000 USD.

According to the specs, the Galaxy Round features a 5.7 inch 1080p Super AMOLED display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974) SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz, 3 GB of RAM and a 2800 mAh battery. The device also provides 32 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage.

Additional specs include Wireless N, WiFi Direct and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC, USB 3.0, GPS+GLONAS, and Samsung KNOX, making this device Enterprise-ready. The device is 7.9 mm thick, weighs 0.34 pounds, and includes a 13MP camera on the leather-and-stitch designed back. Google's Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" is the OS of choice.

Samsung reports that the curved form factor enables features like Roll Effect, which allows the user to check information such as the date, time, missed calls and battery easily when home screen is off (see video below). There's also Gravity Effect that enables visual interactions with the screen by tilting the device, and Bounce UX for users to easily 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," the company reports on its Samsung Tomorrow blog. "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 new form factor allows users to place their most desired controls closer to a preferred side of the screen. There's also Multi Windows, a feature that enables users to open more than one app on the screen. Thus Galaxy Round owners can run simultaneous multiple instances of the same application, or share content between apps.

Samsung didn't say when of it the phone will be sold outside South Korea, but did confirm that additional colors will be offered soon. Samsung provides an additional "hands-on" report here.

Images: Samsung Tomorrow

Roll Effect on GALAXY ROUND

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    CKKwan , October 8, 2013 11:05 PM
    I wish something at this size is curve can fit nicely to the shape of my butt. So that I can put into my back pocket without any fear of breaking it. But this one doesn't seems to fit my butt nicely.
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    emike09 , October 8, 2013 11:07 PM
    Freaking cool. Packed to the brim with specs, sleek, sexy look, and a brand new form factor, all in one sorta-expensive package. I'll buy one when it comes to the States.
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    HideOut , October 8, 2013 11:28 PM
    Wireless N and not AC? FAIL
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    Bloob , October 8, 2013 11:37 PM
    Should be easier to reach the other side with your thumb, but the effect of the curve seems to me to mostly be just making the screen feel smaller. Not sure if this is a good thing without testing.
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    AzuAzu , October 9, 2013 2:27 AM
    For $1000, it would've been nice to have 64gb onboard instead of just 32.
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    IndignantSkeptic , October 9, 2013 3:22 AM
    I wish something at this size is curve can fit nicely to the shape of my butt. So that I can put into my back pocket without any fear of breaking it. But this one doesn't seems to fit my butt nicely.

    I thought you were going to say you wish you could curl it up more so you could shove it up buttholes since its totally pointless.

    Why can't they do what is shown in this video, by just letting you get a curved case to put the phone in so you could still rock it? I have no interest in curved screens until I can roll-up large tablets to fit them in my pocket.
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    digiex , October 9, 2013 6:07 AM
    Too late, Apple already patented a curve phone.
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    sp00 , October 9, 2013 6:25 AM
    I guess the ladies will like the extra bulge when you shove this down your pants.
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    g00fysmiley , October 9, 2013 12:05 PM
    hideout makes a valid point why no wireless ac band, the note 3 has it. I will be interested in this phone more so than the note 3 if it is similarly priced plastic > glass screen i break phones to much and hope that might fix it, rumor had it this would be waterproof like the sony xperia but i guess not. guess i can still hope for a galaxy note 3 activ
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    coolitic , October 9, 2013 12:14 PM
    1000 dollars? I was thinking this was a good idea till i found out that instead you could buy a PC that can play anything in 3D and still look smooth.
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    digiex , October 9, 2013 12:58 PM
    Be careful not use it direct sunlight, you might get burned.
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    robochump , October 9, 2013 1:20 PM
    Would actually be worried to sit down with this in my back pocket. Looks solid at least and second worry is scratching that plastic screen. See how it goes.
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    brettms71 , October 9, 2013 1:24 PM
    There curved back is a design flaw in my opinion Pressing on the screen in normal use will cause the phone to rock. I don't do it often, but sometimes when my phone is on the table at work i use it without picking it up to text, check msgs etc, can't do that with this phone. Hand held only.
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    blcskate , October 9, 2013 1:48 PM
    I use my phone as a speaker phone a lot. It lays on my desk while I am working. If I need to type something, unmute, etc... the phone will rock and be a pain to use. I so far can see no logical use for a curved phone of any type. I instead want to see a small phone pen size that has a pull out screen to use as needed. So when I am storing it or using it as a phone only it is very basic and compact, but when I need a big screen for searching, apps, etc.. I have a big screen. Best of both worlds. Sadly far beyond current technology.
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    nevilence , October 9, 2013 2:45 PM
    these pictures are much nicer than the ones in the previous article about this phone. I am surprised by the sleek and sexy appearance of it. I still maintain that the design is kinda pointless, but it does look nice.
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    _zxzxzx_ , October 11, 2013 9:30 AM
    Where is the flexibility? A curved display is just a gimmick if it isn't flexible.