Although both Samsung and LG have showcased and teased smartphones with flexible displays (the bendy screens) countless times each in recent years, I’d bet that even a majority of us paying attention had no chance of foreseeing the technology evolving so fast. Who could’ve thought curved touch displays would actually be fitted into commercial products by, like, 2020?
And yet here we are, faced with the world’s first curved display smartphone, aptly and smartly named Samsung Galaxy Round. That’s the good news, with the bad news being the panel is definitely not as curvaceous as most prototypes shown off at tech fairs.
Plus, you can’t mold the Round, flex it or bend it, as every other component inside it is still very much fixed and steady. But we’ll get there, don’t worry.
For now, I think we should all enjoy the tremendous progress of yet another piece of futuristic mobile technology. After all, the grip on this thing looks amazing and, though it’s a 5.7-incher, it’s more ergonomic, portable and sleek than any other similarly sized giant.
The spec sheet is equally as impressive, pretty much replicating Galaxy Note 3’s list of features, save of course for the S Pen support. Oh, and the battery is a little smaller, at 2,800 mAh. Other than that, you get a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, Full HD resolution for the innovative display, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP rear-facing camera and pre-installed Android 4.3.
Sadly, as Samsung is not yet capable of mass producing these kind of curved panels to handle global demand, the Galaxy Round is only slated for a Korean launch on October 10, i.e. in less than 24 hours. For the equivalent of roughly 1,010 US bucks, which is a little on the expensive side, but probably fair for a road-opener.