Samsung has now announced a new member of the Galaxy family with the Samsung Galaxy Round, which sports the world's first commercialized full HD Super AMOLED flexible display.
The Galaxy Round quickly follows the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and is similar to the popular phablet in terms of dimensions (151 x 79 x 7.9mm) and other specs. The primary feature on the Galaxy Round is its 5.7-inch 1080p display, which has a prominent vertical curve. Samsung has long been developing its Youm technology, which it introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Very early Galaxy Note 3 rumors suggested that the device would feature a flexible display; it appears that notion was not far off.
Other specs include a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel front camera and a 2800mAh battery. We see full connectivity on the Samsung Galaxy Round, including LTE-A at 150mbps, as well as a host of features that have become known by the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4. Running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, the Galaxy Round also has its own special software features, which cater to its curved display. The “Roll Effect” allows users to view such information as date, time, missed calls and battery level by simple tilting the device. The “Gravity Effect” and “Bounce UX” are centered on music with the rocking motion allowing users to prompt their music players and control playback from one track to the next.
In addition, we see the same leather-and-stitch-inspired design that was introduced on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. One thing notably missing from the Galaxy Round is S-Pen compatibility, so currently it remains uncertain if the Round will feature the same Air Command software features like the Note 3. It does; however, feature the one-handed operation modes that are commonplace on Samsung’s large-screen devices.
Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Round will only be available in South Korea and will launch Oct. 10 on the SK Telecom network. Available in the "Luxury Brown" color option, the Galaxy Round will sell for 1.09 million won (about $1,015). There has been no word on if or when the Galaxy Round will become available for other markets; however, other color options are expected to release in the future.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.